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Nine best high-end gifts for teachers

Teachers get about 20 minutes to eat lunch. They need a place to store food in the classroom. The Chefman Mini fridge cools up to 32 degrees and can hold drinks, yogurt and other snacks.
Teachers get about 20 minutes to eat lunch. They need a place to store food in the classroom. The Chefman Mini fridge cools up to 32 degrees and can hold drinks, yogurt and other snacks. (BestReviews)

The top luxurious gifts teachers want

When considering the best gifts for teachers, keep in mind their role in a student’s life. Teachers are educators, cheerleaders, counselors and trained motivators. Most teachers teach because they love education and rarely ask or expect gifts. However, if you wish to show an educator your appreciation with something more extravagant than an apple, consider the following high-end gifts for teachers.

High-end gifts for teachers 

Teachers haul papers, laptops and school supplies to and from home, leading to back and shoulder pain. That's why teachers like rolling briefcases and desk organizers and anything that makes taming papers easier.

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Best of the best high-end gifts for teachers 

Alpine Swiss Rolling 17 inch Laptop Briefcase on Wheels Attache Lawyers Case Legal Size: available at Amazon.

Our take: With room for a laptop and a week's worth of papers to grade, teachers can wheel this briefcase around without putting stress on their backs.

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What we like: This briefcase is roomy enough for files, books and folders. It has a padded sleeve for the laptop and a retractable handle.

What we dislike: Although the exterior is durable and looks leather-like, it is plastic and not leather.

Best bang for your buck high-end gifts for teachers 

Nespresso Pixie with Aeroccino Milk Frother by Delonghi: available at Wayfair, Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl's and Amazon.

Our take: The Nespresso Pixie with Aeroccino Milk Frother by Delonghi can make all the espresso-based drinks teachers can get at the local coffee shop, using real milk.  An authentic latte, mocha or cappuccino are just a button away.

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What we like: Unlike plastic pods, Nespresso capsules are made of aluminum and are recyclable. Capsules for this machine are available at your local grocery store.

What we dislike: This is part of Nespresso's original line, which uses 19-bars of pressure to produce authentic espresso. The Nespresso Pixie is compact but as loud as some commercial espresso machines.

Best high-end gifts for teachers honorable mention

Pilot Vanishing Point Collection Retractable Pen: available at Amazon.

Our take: Teachers love writing instruments; however, many can't splurge on a high-end pen.

An elegant and sophisticated showpiece, the Pilot Vanishing Point Collection Retractable pen features an 18-karat gold fine, medium or broad nib.

What we like: Writing is effortless with this pen, which also feels good in the hand.

What we dislike: It's so pricy that the teacher probably won't want to risk losing it at school and only use it at home.

Best high-end gifts for teachers under $50

You can find high-end gifts for teachers at any price, including under $50.

Best of the best high-end gifts for teachers under $50

Chefman Mini refrigerator: available at Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon.  

Our take: Teachers get about 20 minutes to eat lunch. They need a place to store food in the classroom. The Chefman Mini fridge cools up to 32 degrees and can hold drinks, yogurt and other snacks.

What we like: Dorm-sized minifridges can be a pain to keep clean and difficult to transport home at the end of the year. A teacher can lift the Chefman with one hand and place it on, under or behind the desk.

What we dislike: It's only large enough for a couple of drinks or snacks. You can't store a large container of leftovers.

Best bang for your buck high-end gifts for teachers under $50

Kipling Kichirou lunch bag: available at Macy's and Amazon.

Our take: Some teachers ditch the idea of keeping a fridge in their room and instead rely on insulated lunch bags. The Kipling Kichirou is stylish and roomy enough for lunch and a few extra snacks.

What we like: It's insulated and has a water-resistant lining. The shoulder straps make this easy for a teacher to carry, even while toting a laptop and papers.

What we dislike: It's too small for larger plastic containers and does not come with ice packs.

Best high-end gifts for teachers under $50 honorable mention

The KeepCup Brew Cork Reusable Glass Cup: available at and Amazon.

Our take: This adorable reusable cup is made with tempered glass, which can be used for drinks that are hot or cold. It comes with a splash-proof lid, ideal for teachers who keep their papers everywhere.

What we like: Besides being environmentally friendly, this cup is lightweight, easy to hold and can fit into a desk drawer or backpack. In addition, the glass cup is great for maintaining flavor without the aftertaste you get from plastic, acrylic and even some metal containers.

What we dislike: It's glass, so unlike metal coffee mugs, this cup can break. Also, the lid is plastic.

Best high-end gifts for teachers under $25

When looking for high-end gifts for teachers under $25 consider luxurious-looking desk accessories or classroom management must-haves.

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Best of the best high-end gifts for teachers under $25

Russell+Hazel Acrylic Stapler: available at Bed Bath and Beyond, Macy's and Amazon.

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Our take: Teachers run through staples like race car drivers tear through tires. The Russell+Hazel Acrylic Stapler gives teachers a luxurious gift they'll use daily. It's sleek and does the job in style.

What we like: The combination of clear cyclic and gold details makes this stapler look like jewelry. With overworked teachers, a little bling goes a long way.

What we dislike: The stylish design doesn't keep this stapler from jamming. Despite its chic attire, it gets stuck like a basic black stapler.

Best bang for your buck high-end gifts for teachers under $25

Rarlan Wood-Cased #2 HB Pencils, Pre-sharpened, 200 Count Classpack: available at Amazon.

Our take: Teachers deal with students who arrive at school without a pencil and not all classrooms have working pencil sharpeners. Although you might not think a box of pencils is a luxury, this gift is as good as gold to a teacher.

What we like: Pre-sharpened pencils are essential on test day, pre-empting excuses. Also, the teacher doesn't have to dip into their personal funds for forgetful students.

What we dislike: It's hard to find a teacher who doesn't like pre-sharpened pencils. The only thing not to like about this gift is that it's not a high-end luxury gift for the teacher.

Best bang for your buck high-end gifts for teachers under $25

Escali Extra Loud Digital Timer: available at Kohl's and Amazon.

Our take: Teachers often create lesson plans made up of a series of 5 to 15-minute activities. They use timers to keep students on task. This digital timer can count up or down up to 19 hours. It has a super loud alarm that students can hear above collaborative chatter.

What we like: This timer includes a silent mode with an alert light which teachers can use to monitor time during testing without disrupting students at work.

What we dislike: You can set the timer up but can't go back. So if you run over your desired time, you have to reset and cycle through all over again. 

Merlisa Lawrence Corbett is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. BestReviews and its newspaper partners may earn a commission if you purchase a product through one of our links.

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