There are separate rules when it comes to gifting teachers personally versus gifts for the classroom. If you’re looking to reward them individually at the end of a school year, or just because in the middle of the year, it’s wise to avoid classroom supplies. However, if you’re looking to gift the teacher(s) in your life with classroom supplies, there’s never a better time than at the beginning of a school year.

PRO TIP: It’s wise to get to know your teachers, and learn about what they could use most rather than just buying whatever you think they’ll need. Most times, teachers are looking for specific items and have prepared lists for parents to use when donating things to their classroom.

We break down classroom supplies into three categories — $5, $10, and $20 — to help budgets and teacher lists of all shapes and sizes. And here’s a list of essentials teachers say they buy most for their classrooms.

Teacher School Supplies ($5, $10, $20)

$5 & less Supplies
  • Paper (Lined, Blank, and Art Paper)
  • Pocket Folders
  • Pens, Pencils, Markers, and Crayons
  • Stickers
  • Stencils
  • Glue/Glue sticks
  • Stress Balls
  • Craft Sticks (Popsicle Sticks)
  • Magnetic Tape
  • Kleenex
$10 Supplies
  • Paint (Be sure to check with type: acrylic, washable, etc.)
  • Magnets
  • Protractors & Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Lanyards
  • Homework Punch Cards
  • Name Labels
  • Tote Bags
  • B.Y.O. Geode & Crystal Kits
  • Awards/Incentives
$20+ Supplies
  • Calculators
  • Headsets & Headphones
  • Computer Mouse
  • Keyboards
  • Clipboards
  • Storage Containers
  • Geometric Shape Kits
  • Story time & Play land Rugs (racetrack, village, etc.)
  • STEM Kits
  • Awards/Incentives