How great are music teachers? Really great. (We know.) If you want to show your appreciation for these fantastic folks, we’ve got the best music teacher gifts that will have them singing. We’ve curated a list with picks to fit any budget, that will work for teachers from elementary to marching band directors, and that will keep you from handing them their seventh “My Class Is Full of Treble Makers” mugs.
Quick tip: Check your school’s gift policy before giving; some prohibit homemade treats and/or gifts over a certain monetary value.
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1. A heartfelt thank-you note
Teachers love nothing more than a personal note of how they’ve made a difference. Do you have to do that via an elaborate pop-up card? Of course not. (Unless you’re like me.)
Buy it: Pop-up piano card on Amazon
2. Amazon eGift card or other gift card
Gift cards can feel like a cop-out, but they’re the best way to ensure that your teacher really gets what they want. (Psst—Amazon eGift cards are super easy and give the option to send a thank-you note via email right away!)
Buy it: Amazon e-Gift Card on Amazon; Target Gift Card at Target
3. Sound-wave art
Is there a special song this music teacher taught? Get it printed in sound-wave form from this Etsy seller. With tons of colors and styles to choose from, you can get a meaningful gift that looks beautiful too.
Buy it: Sound Wave Art on Etsy
4. Do Re Mi sticker set
How cute is this sticker set? Whether they end up on a water bottle, file cabinet, or laptop case, the choir teacher in your life is bound to love them.
Buy it: Do Re Mi sticker set on Etsy
5. Pillowy slides
Unless they are also the accompanist in their music class, these teachers are on their feet all dang day. They can slip these on at home or in their classroom with thick tube socks like the cool kids. Who are we to judge?
Buy it: Pillowy slide sandals on Amazon
6. Guitar string earrings
The only thing better than having a great pair of earrings is when you have a great story behind them too. These earrings made from guitar strings are guaranteed to be memorable!
Buy it: Guitar string earrings at Uncommon Goods
7. Herbal tea sampler
I’m more of a coffee drinker, but this brand is so delicious I can’t help myself. Paired with a bottle of local honey, this is the perfect gift for a choir teacher or any yell-across-the-music-room teacher. (Also the brand name is Forte—how cute!)
Buy it: Pyramid Tea Sampler on Amazon
8. Grether’s Pastilles
These pastilles are great for a choir teacher who is either singing or talking loud enough for a large group of singers to hear them all day. Delicious, soothing, and comes in a cute little tin? Check, check, check.
Buy it: Grether’s on Amazon
9. “Concert Tomorrow” T-shirt
Every music teacher knows you can never have too many concert reminders. (Every music teacher also knows that no matter how many reminders, you will still have two to five students who “forgot” about this major grade.) This bold shirt is bound to be a wardrobe staple that students will talk about years later.
Buy it: Concert Tomorrow T-shirt on Etsy
10. Heated scarf
Whether used for utility for a marching band director in cool weather or stress relief for any music teacher year-round, this heated scarf is sure to become a favorite (and looks way more chic than a bulky heating pad).
Buy it: Heated scarf on Amazon
11. Foot massager
Ten hours (more on concert days) per day on their feet. Need I say more?
Buy it: Foot massager on Amazon
12. Mini wooden piano puzzle
We love this sweet little puzzle as an accompaniment for a gift card or handwritten note.
Buy it: Piano puzzle on Etsy
13. LEGO jazz quartet
Pretty sure the Venn diagram of people who are band directors and people who love LEGO is a circle. How fun is this jazz quartet for a band director?
Buy it: LEGO jazz quartet on Amazon
14. Rolling Stone crewneck sweatshirt
A great purchase for your too-cool, totally metal music teacher.
Buy it: Rolling Stone sweatshirt at Rolling Stone
15. Letterfolk removable tile doormat
With removable black, white, and colored tiles to customize to their liking, this doormat can be used to create music notes, staffs, symbols, or a design all their own.
Buy it: Doormat at Letterfolk
16. Music pasta
Take your pick of Italian musical terms to pair with this pasta in a punny card or note. Perfect with a jar of local marinara from a farmers market, or gift it a cappella!
Buy it: Music pasta on Amazon
17. Handwritten music note wrapping paper
Honestly, one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten as a teacher was really cute wrapping paper paired with string, gift cards, scissors, and tape so our holiday wrapping supplies were taken care of and ready to go. In the same vein, one of the best music teacher gifts is this music note wrapping paper, which can be used for birthday, holiday, or anytime wrapping!
Buy it: Wrapping paper on Zazzle
18. Beechmore music notebooks
These gorgeous music notebooks can be used for dreaming up songs, notes for planning, grocery lists, or anything, really.
Buy it: Notebook on Amazon
19. Water bottle with three tops
Sometimes people (including music teachers) have a strong water bottle top preference. Give them the gift of versatility with this insulated water bottle that’ll keep their drink cold for hours.
Buy it: Water bottle on Amazon
20. Music teacher T-shirts
How fun are these? Perfect to pair with jeans, this will let your favorite music teacher celebrate their content area at school or on a day off.
Buy it: It’s a Good Day to Make Music T-shirt on Etsy | Minimalist piano shirt on Etsy
21. Headphones (group gift)
Do music teachers need the noise-cancelling feature to pick up nuances in recordings, or to tune out their students? We’ll never know.
Buy it: Beats Wireless Headphones on Amazon
22. A tasteful music art print
Giving art as a gift can be a risky move, but these tasteful art prints from Society6 are fun, stylish, and can be purchased in a variety of sizes. If this one’s not your jam, try their assortment of other music prints.
Buy it: Music art print at Society6
Whether walking to their car or stomping around on a rainy football field, this umbrella will keep your favorite music teacher dry.
Buy it: Clear bubble umbrella on Amazon
24. Custom baton
I genuinely went down a rabbit hole here with these beautiful custom-made batons. If you’re shopping for a band or symphony director, you can choose from a variety of handle shapes, materials, and shaft types. Pretty sure this is the closest we can get to an Ollivander’s Wand Shop.
Buy it: Batons at Newland Batons
25. Durable tote bag
Not all tote bags are created equal, and I love that my favorite got the New York Times’ seal of approval too. This is a great size for reeds, picks, metronomes, replacement strings, digital tuners, pencils, and other small things music teachers tend to get loaded down with.
Buy it: Tote bag at Amazon
When shopping for music teachers, meaningful is key. Hope you found something that measures up!
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