We all know teachers are important. We allow these wonderful instructors to mold the minds of our children in hopes that they retain all of the knowledge offered. My children’s teachers are exceptional this year – Riley’s teacher is in constant contact with me and the other parents and Dylan’s teacher is amazing with him. I am lucky that the both love their instructors and come home excited every day.

World Teacher Day is officially October 5th, so why not let them know how much their investment into our children’s futures mean with some amazing gifts. Here are 6 ideas to give to that special teacher!

#1 – Pete the Cat Light Filters

These fun Pete the Cat light filters help protect your students from the harsh light of fluorescent lighting and are made out of fire-resistant material! They attach easily to the light fixtures using 6 sturdy, built-in magnets per panel. These are the perfect fit for your classroom, office or home! MSRP $34.99 for a pack of 3 different scenes. Available on Amazon. I gave a set to the kids’ kindergarten teacher because I know this was a favorite series for her – and she’s the one who taught my kids to read!

#2 – Drink in the Box

With the new Drink in the Box UNIQUE, teachers can make a fashion statement with their favorite beverage!  A departure from the traditional round water bottle, UNIQUE is a 12 oz. slim, sleek, rectangular, and fashionable drink container that appeals to individuals who want to make their own mark in the world.  Drink in the Box UNIQUE’s trendy, durable design, neutral color palette, smart features, and eco-friendly reusability make it the convenient on-the-go beverage accessory choice. MSRP: $15.99/ each. Available online at Amazon.

#3 – Learning Resources Classroom Centers Pocket Chart

Organization is key in a classroom! Help teachers keep everything in order with the Learning Resources Classroom Centers Pocket Chart. MSRP: $24.99 Available online at Learning Resources.com. Dylan’s teacher got this from me because you can never have too many!

#4 – PlayTape Classic Road Series

Printed to look like a road, InRoad Toys’ PlayTape Classic Road Series is a roll of removable tape that’s perfect for playing with die-cast toy and model cars like HotWheels® and Matchbox®. PlayTape is the fastest way to create roads for imaginative play, display, or decoration. Make instant roads, anytime, anywhere! PlayTape has been specifically designed to bring hours of imaginative entertainment at minimal cost and maximal convenience. With a single roll of PlayTape Classic Road Series, you can create a road or a whole city. Use the toy cars you already have to drive on PlayTape. Use the blocks and toy buildings you already have to build a town through which PlayTape traffic flows. Create places real or imaginary. The possibilities are as endless as a desert highway! MSRP $9.17 Available online at Amazon

#5 – Math Fraction Squares

Calling all math whizzes! Teachers will love these Double-Sided Math Fraction Squares from Learning Resources. And they will help teach math in a fraction of the time! MSRP: $29.99 Available online at www.LearningResources.com. Because Riley loves math so much these are perfect for her teacher!

#6 – Zipit Pencil Cases

The ZIPIT Monster Pencil Case has a big personality and is practical for storing a wide variety of items in style. This pencil pouch measures 8.6″ x 0.78″ x 3.54″ / 22 x 2 x 9 cm, and features continuous zipper that can be zipped or unzipped for easy access. The sturdy design is made using 100% polyester so it’s built to last and practical for storing: School supplies, office supplies, makeup, your cell phone and cell phone accessories, money and more! This is the perfect case for girls or boys! Your supercool pencil pouch holds approximately 25-30 pens and pencils and comes with an extra wide zipper top opening (7.8″/19.8 cm) for easy access anytime. 3+ MSRP $7.99 Available online at www.just-zipit.com. And several retail stores (I bought more at my local Fred Meyer/Kroger!)

*thank you to the brands that supplied samples of these products for me to give to some special teachers!