15 Funny & Original Gifts for English Teachers

Teachers are superheroes. Every day they work to captivate young minds and expand them with new knowledge. English teachers are especially heroic, as they need to make students care about grammar and reading books many kids and teens think of as “boring.” After a year of hard work, your English teacher deserves a nice gift as a thank you for all their hard work. While there are plenty of lame gift ideas out there for teachers, our suggestions are actually fun and original. These gifts for English teachers are also great for reading & creative writing teachers, as well as other literary-focused professors. They’re perfect to give as Christmas gifts, for Teacher Appreciation Day, or as an end of term thank you gift.

Gifts for English Teachers

Cool Story Poe Mug

Cool Story Poe Mug Gifts for English Teachers

For that English teacher who can’t get enough of “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” This mug says “Cool Story Poe” with an illustration of Edgar Allan Poe. This 15 oz. ceramic mug is dishwasher safe and totally punny. Include some of your teacher’s favorite coffee or tea to create a gift bag they’ll really appreciate.

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Clip-on Desk Cupholder

Many teachers fear the possibility of spilling their coffee or soda on a stack of papers or their favorite books. With this cup holder, they don’t have to worry anymore. This plastic cupholder clamps on the side of the desk, securely holding glasses and cups up to 24 ozs. It’s portable as well, perfect for teachers who switch classrooms all day.

Personalized English Teacher Name Sign

Personalized English Teacher Name Sign

Teachers love to decorate their classrooms and they’ll enjoy adding this personalized sign to their desk. This fully customizable name sign features their name on top of an open book. Pick the font, the color, and add your teacher’s name. This is a great gift for a new teacher.

Anguished English

The book Anguished English was compiled by Richard Lederer, an English teacher who found himself collecting various spelling and writing blunders from his own students. He put them together with other gaffs and bloopers into a variety of categories like “Mixed-up Metaphors” and “Grammar Gaffes.” Any English teacher will find these goof-ups hilarious.

Notebook Paper Necktie

Notebook Paper Necktie

This a classy gift for a classy teacher. The familiar notebook paper they see all day in the classroom has been translated to a subtle tie print. Great for wearing during the day or can be dressed up for special occasions.

These screen printed ties come on a silky microfiber fabric in your choice of 7 shades: white, cream, platinum, champagne, butter, honey, and ivory.

Much Ado About Nothings – Shakespeare Sticky Notes

Sticky notes are super useful for teachers, but plain yellow Post-it notes are boring compared to these Shakespeare themed ones. This nicely packaged gift set comes with large and small stickies notes as well as multi-colored flags perfect for marking their favorite lines in Shakespeare’s plays.

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Punctuation Earrings

Punctuation Earrings - Gifts for English Teachers

Most English teachers are pretty nerdy about grammar and punctuation. These earrings are a fun and glamorous way to pay tribute to that love. Handmade by The Hometown Haven, these lovely silver earrings are a mismatched pair with an exclamation mark and a question mark. These earrings are great to wear in the classroom or even cut enough for a night out.

Made from sterling silver, these earrings are 11 mm tall and come with sterling silver backings.

I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar

If you want to distract your English teacher from your grammar failings, give them this book and they’ll be amazed by the real world examples inside. Sharon Eliza Nichol’s book collects photos from signs, posters, clothing, and even newspapers and books, with atrocious spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This funny book will amaze any English teacher.

Warning English Teacher Zone Sign

This is a funny gift for English teachers who can’t stop correcting their student’s grammar. In the style of a classic warning sign, it says: “Warning English Teacher Zone. Your Grammar May Be Corrected at Any Time.” This is perfect to hang above their desk or on a classroom door.

Made in the USA. Waterproof.

Scout’s Ham Costume Pin

Scout's Ham Costume Pin

This gift is one that only literary insiders will get. If your English teacher loves To Kill a Mockingbird, they will appreciate this enamel pin. Designed by ShinyAppleStudio, it features Scout wearing her ham costume, which was made from chicken wire and paper machete in the book.

The pins are handmade and finished in silver.

Composition Notebook Tote Bag

Any English teacher would appreciate this practical gift that’s super fun. This tote bag features the classic black and white print of a composition notebook. Perfect for carrying books or essays home to grade. Made in the USA from 100% cotton.

Great Gatsby Book Locket

Great Gatsby Book Locket - Gifts for English Teachers

This is the perfect gift for English teachers who can’t get enough of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel. This book necklace is actually a locket, featuring the cover of The Great Gatsby. The necklace comes on a cute gift card with a quote from the novel.

This charm is available as a bracelet or a necklace with a choice of metal color: gold, silver, bronze, copper, rose gold, or black.

John Steinbeck Candle

If your English teacher got the class through Of Mice and Men or The Grapes of Wrath, then they deserve a nice gift. This candle from Paddywax’s Library Collection is a scent inspired by the great American author John Steinbeck. The scent is smoked birch and amber in a non-toxic soy wax. The candle comes in a glass container with a lovely gift box, ready to give to your favorite teacher.

Grammar Pencils

Grammar Pencils - Gifts for English Teachers

This is a fun and useful gift for English teachers who feel like they’re always correcting their student’s grammar. This is a set of five pencils, each with their own grammar-related saying:

This affordable gift is a great end of year present or makes a fun stocking stuffer for grammar nerds.

English Teachers Get Lit T-shirt

English Teachers Get Lit T-shirt

This is the perfect shirt for any English teacher to wear when they let loose on the weekends or are hanging out on their summer break. It says “English Teachers Get Lit.” And boy do they get lit–especially since their idea of a good time is probably reading a book.

Available in men’s & women’s sizes in black, navy, and dark heather.

While you’re shopping for your favorite teacher, don’t forget to get a gift for your librarian, too.

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