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Whether it’s the holiday season or because a school year is winding down -- or for National Teacher Day in May -- parents and students may want to pick up a little token of appreciation for the teachers who've worked so hard to nurture and enlighten. Here are some special gifts to acknowledge educators' efforts. All are $20 or less, and many are $10 or less.
APPLE MEMO PAD
Price: $5.50 | 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.
'F IN EXAMS: THE VERY BEST TOTALLY WRONG TEST ANSWERS'
Price: $6 | 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.
THANK YOU STYLUS PENS
Price: $9 | 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.
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.
STICKY NOTE DISPENSER
Price: $11 | 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.
'CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL'
Price: $13 | Buy iton 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.
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.
PENCIL-SHAPED HALL PASSES
Price: $16.50 | 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.
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.
PERSONALIZED TEACHER TOTE BAG
Price: $20 | Buy it at giftsforyounow.com
Add a teacher's name to this 100 percent cotton tote with reinforced straps. It's machine washable and has plenty of room for books, tests, and supplies -- a hardworking bag for a hardworking educator, decorated with appreciative words in the shape of the classic apple.
Price: $20 | Buy it on Amazon
"Great work!" "Fantastic!" "Excellent!" Teachers have been inspiring students with words such as 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.
TREE OF KNOWLEDGE PENDANT
Price: $20 | Buy it on Amazon
This pewter pendant makes gratitude to a teacher explicit by coming with a thank you card made of recycled paper. The adjustable-length necklace is made from natural fibers.