There are some things to keep in mind when giving a teacher a gift. First, not all students can afford to give their teachers a present. So, don't take offense if the present that is given to a teacher is not opened publicly. In fact, some school systems have implemented the rule that teachers are not allowed to open a gift they receive from a student in front of other students---that is just good gift etiquette. Other gift etiquette guidelines involve the types of gifts that should and should not give.
No Expensive Gifts
Teachers should never be given a gift that is expensive. This would look like the teacher is being bribed or being paid off for services they rendered to the child. Most teachers would return an expensive gift back to a student. Generally, most teacher gifts should not exceed $25 or it will put both the student and the teacher in an awkward position.
Teachers love gifts that come from the heart. These gifts are truly priceless and something the teacher will no doubt cherish for years to come. Examples include hand-written notes, a recipe book of each student's favorite recipe, a video that a parent recorded of each child telling what they love most about their teacher and so on.
Gifting a teacher with an educational book, movie, plaque or a leather bound grade book are all good gift ideas. Other educational ideas include a classroom globe or a basket full of inexpensive things for the classroom like dry erase markers, erasers, pens, markers and stickers. Any gift that is education based is generally acceptable.
More Personal Gifts
If you truly want to give a teacher something personal, you can. Just be sure that you don't overstep too far. Personal gifts that are acceptable include coffee and tea gift baskets, homemade goodies like jams, jellies, cookies and cakes, candles, desk weights, coffee mugs with cute artwork, a gift card to a coffee shop or local restaurant and potted plants.