32 Truly Appreciative Gifts for Professors

Professors are the ones who help expand our minds and prepare us for the world. A truly great professor will be the type of person who enjoys what they do and know how to build great relationships with their students.

To show your appreciation and to thank them for all they have given you throughout the semester, get some inspiration from this list and give them a gift that they will not only like, but want to use as well:

  1. Stylish Vintage Messenger Bag
  2. Stylish Vintage Messenger Bag

    For the professor who just uses a backpack or an old broken briefcase, this stylish leather messenger bag is the classic professor’s bag that will finally have them fit the part. The vintage style and sturdy design make it perfect for commuters and heavy use every day.

    Comfortable to wear, water-resistant, and full of compartments to organize their books, laptop, pens, phone, lunch, and more.

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  3. Aristotle Quote Pen
  4. Aristotle Quote Pen

    Some professors love to speak philosophically, or they are always in need of a pen, no matter the reason, this stylish pen is just what they need for their daily work schedule. Designed for smooth ink flow and easy writing, the pen is engraved with a quote from Aristotle “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom”.

    Presented in a beautiful box, this is a wonderful gift to show any professor your appreciation. The standard ink cartridge type also makes this a convenient, refillable pen they can use for many years to come.

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  5. Professor’s Personal Journal
  6. Professor's Personal Journal

    Some professors love every aspect of their job, while others might seem to get a little stressed out from particular students. To give your professor a reason to get things off their chest in a healthy way, give them a personal journal titled “Things I want to say to my students but can’t”.

    A hilarious gift and a wonderful way to show your appreciation, the journal is the perfect way to let them vent or break the ice with a new class. Filled with 100 pages of quality paper, the book is a convenient size to carry everywhere and easy to use every day.

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  7. Glass and Mug Set
  8. Glass and Mug Set

    For the professor who needs a pick me up in the morning and something to help them let loose after a long day at school, this is a must-have set to show someone your appreciation every day. This set has a solid ceramic mug for coffee and a stemless wine glass for the evening.

    Printed with a simple design, the coffee mug is labeled “Before School” and the wine glass is labeled with “After School”. A fun gift they will love to use all year round, it’s a functional option for the professor with a great sense of humor.

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  9. Swear Coloring Book
  10. Swear Coloring Book

    A hilarious gift for the professor who loves art, creativity, and has a great sense of humor. How Professors Swear Coloring Book is a wonderful way to laugh and color stresses away. With 50 different patterns and swear words to choose from, every day can be a different creative outlet for stress.

    A fun book to use when the creative mood strikes, there are 100 pages of quality prints that people of all coloring levels can enjoy little by little. Perfect for home or to use while traveling, the book is a wonderful gift for any time of year.

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  11. Healthy Snack Box
  12. Healthy Snack Box

    Teaching hundreds of students each day can make anyone want a snack in between classes. Some days there is little time to have rest and a decent meal, which is why any professor would appreciate a box full of healthy and delicious options to munch on.

    Filled with 20 different snacks and treats to keep energy levels up, the box has yummy favorites like granola minis, pistachios, trail mix, caffeinated chocolate, and more. A great gift to keep professors happy and to show them you care.

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  13. Gourmet Tea Set
  14. Gourmet Tea Set

    For the tea-loving professor who enjoys a nice cup every day, give them a beautiful tea sampler set as a way to say “thank you” for all they do. Made from 100% natural ingredients, this tea set includes 12 different flavors to enjoy something new every day of the week.

    With lovely scents and flavors like black tea, green tea, oolong, spiced chai, herbal, and more. Presented in a beautiful box, each tea blend is packed in an eco-friendly tin that can be reused for other loose leaf teas or trinkets. A great way to show you care, this gourmet tea set is perfect for any occasion.

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  15. Science Themed Socks
  16. Science Themed Socks

    A funky gift for the kooky professor in your life, this pair of socks is perfect for anyone who loves chemistry, biology, and mathematics. Fun and also comfortable, the socks are soft and give a great stretch to wear any day.

    Designed with a cartoon-like pattern of beakers, atoms, molecules, microscope, and more. Hilarious but also useful, this is a wonderful gift for the professor with a great sense of humor. Truly a gift they will appreciate every time they wear these socks.

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  17. Appreciative Mug
  18. Appreciative Mug

    A stylish ceramic mug that they can use every day, this is the perfect message of appreciation to the professor who has done so much for you. Printed with a simple text that reads “A truly great professor is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget”.

    The solid ceramic design holds 11 ounces and keeps drinks hot for a long time. The classic design makes it easy to hold and the mug is also dishwasher and microwave safe. A great gift they will love to use all year.

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  19. Red Crystal Apple
  20. Red Crystal Apple

    Harking back to the days when teachers regularly got apples from their students, this beautiful crystal apple is the perfect desk ornament and paperweight that will give your professor a lovely punch of color on their desk.

    Beautifully designed with a translucent finish, the apple also has a touch of gold highlights in the stem and leaf for a more luxurious look. Fun and functional, it’s a cute way to show them you appreciate all they do for you and your future.

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  21. Monogram Tote Bag
  22. Monogram Tote Bag

    To show your thanks and appreciation, give your professor something with a more personal touch to it. A stylish canvas tote bag with their personal monogram embroidered on the front will not only give them a gift they can use every day but also show how much you care.

    Sturdy and modern in design, the tote easily holds everyday essentials like books, laptop, tablet, water bottle, lunch, and anything else they would want for the day. The comfortable handles make it easy to carry and the short handle length is perfect for professors of all heights.

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  23. Aromatherapy Bracelet
  24. Aromatherapy Bracelet

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  25. Problem Students Jar
  26. Problem Students Jar

    For the professor with a great sense of humor, this is a must-have for their desk or office. A beautiful ceramic jar with the words “Ashes of problem students” printed on the front is exactly what teachers need to show students they mean business (or just want them to crack a smile).

    Compact and modern in design, the jar can easily hold candies, snacks, coins, or little trinkets. Also dishwasher safe, the jar is easy to clean without losing the look or quality.

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  27. Gold Leaf Bookmark
  28. Gold Leaf Bookmark

    For the professor who always has a book in hand, this is a lovely little gift they will use all the time. A beautiful gold leaf and butterfly bookmark is a unique way to show your professor just how much you appreciate their hard work and kindness.

    The gorgeous design is like jewelry for their favorite book, but also functional to use every day. Designed to easily find their place in a book, the butterfly and floral charm add a luxurious touch they will love.

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  29. Tree of Life Necklace
  30. Tree of Life Necklace

    A professor’s job is to teach and help students grow by expanding their knowledge and giving them the confidence to get out and take on the world. As a way to show your appreciation, this tree of life necklace is a lovely way to show them how much you care.

    Modern in design and subtle to suit any personal style, the necklace has a beautiful rose gold finish and adjustable chain to fit any neckline. Pretty and feminine, the necklace is presented in a lovely box with a written message of inspiration and appreciation.

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  31. Survival Kit Pouch
  32. Survival Kit Pouch

    For the professor who could use a little help to organize their things, this cute pouch is a great gift to show them your appreciation. Printed with “Teacher’s survival kit”, the pouch is perfect for storing essentials for the day or delicious little snacks to help keep their energy levels up for those long days in class.

    Stylish and modern in design, this is a great accessory that easily slips into any bag and is perfect for storing little things while traveling. A great gift for any occasion, they will surely love to use it every day.

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  33. Healing Beads Bracelet
  34. Healing Beads Bracelet

    Bright, bold and beautifully stylish, this bracelet is the perfect gift for the professor who loves colors and creativity. Made to represent all chakra colors, the beads are made from natural stone and arranged to help bring peace and healing to anyone who wears it.

    The little charm in the middle is engraved with the sweet message “Teachers plant seeds that grow forever”. A wonderful gift to brighten anyone’s day, this bracelet is a great way to show how much you appreciate all that they do.

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  35. Appreciation Book
  36. Appreciation Book

    A personalized book for the professor who has done so much for you, this is a great gift to show appreciation and care. Filled with over 100 pages of questions and prompts that are easy to fill out, the journal is a fun way to bring a smile on your favorite professor’s face.

    Playful and designed with a modern chalkboard look, the book is a kind of countdown of positive statements that will surely make them happy and even make them laugh.

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  37. Periodic Table of Thanks
  38. Periodic Table of Thanks

    For the chemistry-loving professor who would appreciate a creative art piece, this modern periodic table wall art is a unique way to show them your thanks and appreciation. Minimalist in design, the main feature is two rows of periodic elements that spell out “thanks teacher”.

    Framed and presented in a professional way, this is a wonderful gift they can add to their office, classroom or even hang it up at home. A great décor item with a more personal touch, the frame will surely bring a smile to their face every time they see it.

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  39. Professor’s Hot Sauce
  40. Professor's Hot Sauce

    For the fiery professor with a great sense of humor, this bottle of Colon Cleaner hot sauce is just the gift to make them laugh out loud. Designed to look like it was made by “Professor Phardtpounders”, this bottle of hotter than hot sauce is a delicious mix of scotch bonnet peppers and Caribbean mustard.

    Hilarious and tasty, this is a unique way to show your favorite professor just how much you appreciate all that they do for you. Perfect for any occasion, this is something they can use every day.

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  41. Inspirational Chalkboard Sign
  42. Inspirational Chalkboard Sign

    A simple chalkboard sign to decorate their office or desk, this is a wonderful gift to show your professor how much you appreciate all that they do. Printed with a bold font, the message “A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, touches a heart, shapes the future” will surely bring a smile to their face.

    A great gift for any occasion, this is something they would love to proudly display at work or even at home. Small in size, but bold and eye-catching in design, this will easily fit in any home or office décor.

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  43. Handmade Wooden Pen
  44. Never Wrong T-Shirt

    A beautiful handmade gift is a great way to show anyone you care, but even more so for the professor who is always looking for a pen. This gorgeous wooden ballpoint pen has a wooden handle and gold pen tip and cover.

    Easy and comfortable to hold, the sleek modern design is perfectly paired with the warmth of the wood finish and gold highlight. A great gift for any professor, this is one they will surely keep a close eye on.

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  45. Great Mentor Necklace
  46. Great Mentor Necklace

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  47. Delicious Honey Sticks
  48. Delicious Honey Sticks

    For the professor who has a little sweet tooth, this is a great little gift they can use anytime at home or at work. A pack of 50 quality honey sticks is a natural sweetener for tea or to eat on their own for a small sugar hit on those particularly long days in class.

    Certified Kosher, all-natural and pure clover honey, each stick has just 15 calories of delicious healthy goodness inside. A great way to show your professor some appreciation, this is a wonderful gift they can use every day.

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  49. Leather Journal Set
  50. Leather Journal Set

    A wonderful way to tell your favorite professor you appreciate them very much is by giving them something they would love to use every day. This beautiful leather journal set is just what any professor would love, especially those who enjoy writing.

    A simple leather-bound journal with thing strap closure, the set also includes a beautiful luxury wooden pen with rosewood finish. A wonderful gift for any occasion, this professional journal set is one they will truly love to use.

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  51. Gourmet Coffee Set
  52. Gourmet Coffee Set

    For the professor who just can’t get enough coffee for the day, give them a gift of gourmet goodness and variety with a set of coffee they will love. This great sampler pack of 6 different coffees is the ultimate gift for anyone who loves to have a cup or two (or more) every day.

    With delicious coffees from Sumatra, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, and more, each day can be a new experience of premium roasts. USDA Organic and packed in eco-friendly packages, this is a wonderful gift of appreciation they will enjoy for a while.

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  53. Teacher Chalkboard Sign
  54. Teacher Chalkboard Sign

    A cute chalkboard word that everyone can also sign, this “Teacher” décor item is a great way to show appreciation from you and from others as well. The smooth wooden letters are perfectly cut out and easily sit on display anywhere in the office or at home.

    The plain chalkboard finish will easily highlight any written names or words of thanks from the added silver marker pen this set includes. A wonderful gift for the end of the semester, this is something that will surely put a smile on their face every time they see it.

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  55. Canvas Book Bag
  56. Canvas Book Bag

    A lovely little tote bag for the book-loving professor, this is a cute gift that will show them how much you appreciate all of their hard work and dedication. The natural canvass bag is lightweight and has sturdy handles to carry piles of books to and from work.

    Designed with a beautiful print of stacked books, this is a must-have for any English lit, history or art professor who loves the classics. Perfect as an extra helping hand, the bag can easily fold into a purse or be used as extra storage for books in the office.

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  57. Appreciation Home Art
  58. Appreciation Home Art

    A home and office décor piece that will bring a smile to their face, this is a unique way to tell your favorite professor “thank you for all that you do”. The sweet design has a list of inspiring words to describe them and one chosen letter from each word spells out the word “teacher”.

    Easy to display on a desk, table, bookshelf or hand up on the wall, the print is beautifully framed and includes a picture support and wall hanging accessory.

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  59. Other Professors Unicorn Mug
  60. Other Professors Unicorn Mug

    For the professor who is larger than life, give them a gift that will perfectly highlight their unique side and show them why they are your favorite professor of them all. This hilarious unicorn mug is designed to show why they are the unicorn and the other professors are just boring horses.

    A great way to make them laugh, the ceramic mug can easily hold 11 ounces, is microwave safe, and dishwasher safe for effortless care. Perfect for everyday use, this one will surely make everyone smile when they see it.

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  61. Inspiring Teacher’s Ornament
  62. Inspiring Teacher's Ornament

    A beautiful angel ornament they will proudly display in their office or their home, this is a wonderful way to show your appreciation and care. The sweet design is made specifically for teachers and the message “Teachers inspire the dreams of tomorrow” tells them just how special they have been to you.

    A great gift they will love to see every day, this will not only encourage them to keep going through stressful times and give them the confidence knowing their work is appreciated.

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