13 Gifts to Thank a Teacher for $20 or Less

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DON'T BE TARDY

With the school year fast winding down, many parents and students think about picking up a little token of appreciation for their teachers. And remember, May 9 is National Teacher Day. Here are 13 special gifts to acknowledge educators' efforts. All are $20 or less, and many are $10 or less.

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TEACHER'S JOURNAL

Price: $5, Buy it on Amazon
Many teachers scribble and jot notes throughout the day. This journal reminds a favorite teacher of your high opinion every time they write something down. The handy 6-by-9-inch notebook contains 120 lined pages ready to be filled.

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APPLE MEMO PAD

Price: $6, Buy it on Amazon
Most teachers won't see much value in an actual apple, but an apple-shaped, sticky-note memo pad could be handy for those trying to plant the seeds of knowledge. It comes with about 140 pages.

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STICKY NOTE DISPENSER

Price: $7.20, Buy it on Amazon
For teachers who write out loads of sticky notes, this cute dispenser will keep blank ones handy. It comes with a 50-page pad of 3-inch-square notes.

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'THE VERY BEST TOTALLY WRONG TEST ANSWERS'

Price: $7.50, Buy it on Amazon
When it comes to wrong answers, seasoned teachers may think they've seen it all. But this humorous paperback reminds them that incorrect answers know no bounds. Teachers will delight in just how spectacular some failures can be.

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THANK YOU STYLUS PENS

Price: $7.50, Buy it on Amazon
These multifunction pens are designed for teachers in the digital age who also have to write on paper. They will feel your gratitude every time they pick up one of these stylus instruments for touchscreen devices that double as ballpoint pens.

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PRAYER BOOK FOR TEACHERS

Price: $10, Buy it on Amazon
This inspiring hardcover book by best-selling Christian author Max Lucado is designed for teachers of faith. The tiny but powerful work includes 40 prayers meant to renew and bring peace to stressed-out educators.

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'CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL'

Price: $10.50, Buy it on Amazon
The "Inspiration for Teachers" edition of the classic "Chicken Soup" series includes 101 stories from teachers and from students expressing their thanks. Let a favorite teacher know they're making a difference with a book honoring their service.

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CASSETTE TAPE DESK ORGANIZER

Price: $14, Buy it on Amazon
Retro is in, and you can help a teacher be the hippest -- and best-organized -- in school with this desk tidier. It's got compartments to hold everything from push pins to paper clips and doubles as a tape dispenser. It might even teach future students what a cassette is.

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PENCIL-SHAPED HALL PASSES

Price: $15, Buy it on Amazon
Teachers are more than educators; they're the keepers of hall passes. With these bright, wooden, pencil-shaped passes, a teacher can reward students who have earned the privilege of out-of-class travel.

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PI PENDANT

Price: $15, Buy it on Amazon
This necklace, complete with gift box, is designed specifically for a math teacher. The charm is adorned with one of the most recognizable symbols in all of mathematics: pi. In a clever touch, the box opens like a textbook.

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PERSONALIZED TEACHER TOTE BAG

Price: $16, Buy it at PersonalizationMall.com
Add a teacher's name and school or grade level to this tote, which is brightened up with colorful kids' handprints. It's machine washable and has plenty of room for books, tests, and supplies.

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RECOGNITION STAMPS

Price: $19, Buy it on Amazon
"Great work!" "Fantastic!" "Excellent!" Teachers have been inspiring students with words like these for generations. With these self-inking stamps, teachers no longer have to write them out by hand. Each stamp is good for more than 30,000 impressions and can leave a lasting impression on a student.

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TREE OF KNOWLEDGE PENDANT

Price: $20, Buy it on Amazon
This pewter pendant is designed specifically to show gratitude to a teacher. It comes with a thank you card made of recycled paper, and the adjustable-length necklace is made from natural fibers.