A class act: 10 teacher gifts under $20

Photo: iStock
Photo: iStock 

Great teachers stay with us forever, but it can be tricky to buy a gift of appreciation to reflect the contribution they have made and stay within budget.

We've put together 10 sweet gifts for those very important people in a child's life that won't make your wallet groan.

After all, it's those handmade cards and drawings that teachers treasure most, even if we do like to add something a little extra for them to enjoy.

Some gifts on this list are practical and others offer a little bit of luxury.

We've catered for those tricky-to-buy-for male teachers too, and kept it under $20 not only for the cost factor, but also because some schools have a strict limits on the gift value teachers can accept.

Personalised drink bottle $14.50

Photo: FabulousFavoursGifts / Etsy

Photo: FabulousFavoursGifts / Etsy

Everyone needs a drink bottle! 500 ml bottle in a choice of six colours - Matt black, Silver, White, Navy, Royal Blue, Red. These are a great choice for male teachers.

$14.50 from FabulousFavoursGifts at Etsy.

Apple earrings $16.30

Photo: ClaydohCo / Etsy

Photo: ClaydohCo / Etsy

A cute gift for a teacher who loves earrings.

Just $16.30 from ClaydohCo at Etsy.

Teacher fragrant candle $6

Photo: Kmart

Photo: Kmart

A lovely candle to include with your child's handmade card or drawing.

$6 at Kmart

Unisex 'Best teacher ever' tote bag $16.95

Photo: Zazzle

Photo: Zazzle

Teachers need totes like they need air. This gorgeous unisex one is just the ticket.

$16.95 from Zazzle

​A sweets hamper $19.50

Photo: Hampers With Bite

Photo: Hampers With Bite

A 'Sugar Street Treats' hamper of lollies for just $19.50? Bargain!

From Hampers With Bite

A $20 voucher from the local coffee shop

Photo: iStock

Photo: iStock

Teachers run on coffee, so why not aid their efficiency with a gift voucher for the nearby coffee shop?

Perfect teacher gift!

KeepCup from $16

Photo: KeepCup

Photo: KeepCup

They're probably going to have to dash to school with their coffee in hand. Make it easy for them with a KeepCup.

Prices start at $16 form KeepCup - they can also be found in gift and specialty stores.

'NO' button $16

Photo: Gifts Australia

Photo: Gifts Australia

The ultimate humorous teacher gift, this 'NO' button says no ten different ways. Everyone will get a laugh out of this one.

$16 from Gifts Australia

The most beautiful lanyard $19.95

Photo: Ruby Olive

Photo: Ruby Olive

If you've noticed your child's teacher has an assortment of cards and keys hanging from a dull lanyard, then why not go for a stylish one?

Practical and beautiful, it's $19.95 from Ruby Olive.

Inspirational 2020 wall calendar from $7

Photo: Kmart

Photo: Kmart

Teachers need a calendar for home and the classroom so why not give them one with inspirational quotes to hang on the wall.

Above left is the 2020 Floral Calendar ($7) and right is the 2020 Inspiring Calendar ($9), from Kmart.