8 great World Teacher's Day gifts

World Teacher's Day is Sunday, October 5—let the kids show their appreciation with one of these nifty gifts

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Photograph: Urban OutfittersManatea tea infuser Waking up for first period is a little easier with this guy hanging out in your mug. Teachers can start their day by filling the food-safe silicone manatee with their favorite loose-leaf tea, mount it on the rim of the cup, add hot water and steep. $14 (urbanoutfitters.com)
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Photograph: Fishcakes/EtsyMonster rubber stamps These adorably quirky rubber stamps will make grading huge stacks of homework a little more fun. There are a variety of stamps to choose from, including “Perfect!” for A+ papers and “Check Your Work” for those that need improvement. $4.25 each, $16.50 for four (etsy.com)
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Photograph: IkeaIkea picture frames Instagram is great and all, but having a framed photo to display on your desk is even better. Let your little pupil pop a class photo or a pic from a recent field trip in one of these monochrome frames if they really want to be teacher's pet. $12.99 for three (ikea.com)
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Photograph: West ElmCeramic animal planters Plant a succulent or miniature fern in one of these precious ceramic planters for a truly thoughtful teacher gift. They double as adorable vessels for loose change and all manner of tiny office supplies. $9–12 (westelm.com)
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Photograph: Cheng-Tsung Feng/MoMA StoreMoMA desk egg No more messy, stuck-together paperclips—this design-conscious magnetic egg corrals them in one place, creating a “nest” that’s both convenient and nice to look at. It comes with 50 gold paper clips to get you started. $16 (momastore.org)
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Photograph: Paper SourceQuotations journals These miniature notebooks serve a dual purpose—they’re convenient for jotting down lesson plans and they provide a daily dose of inspiration. Motivating taglines adorn the blackboard-eque covers of each of the eight notebooks in the set. $13.95 (papersource.com)
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Photograph: MujiMuji gel-ink ballpoint pens These ballpoint pens from uber-cool Japanese import Muji write smoothly and come in three sizes and a rainbow of colors. Maybe they'll even convince Ms. Smith to give that red pen a rest once in a while! $1.50 each (muji.us)  
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Photograph: Mulberry Love/EtsyPersonalized teacher notepads Because having something with your name on it just makes you feel special. Personalize these 50-sheet notepads with your teacher’s name and the name of your school and choose from three different colors schemes. $17 (etsy.com)

Being a teacher requires a special combination of knowledge, expertise and a hefty dose of patience. Encourage your little pupils to express their gratitude—and say thank you yourself in the process—with an extra-special gift on World Teacher's Day this October. Don't worry if you and the kids lack the skills to pull off an ambitious Pinterest-worthy DIY project—the items on our list are both useful and thoughtful, and most of them are just a few clicks away.

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