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1. A pack of Elmer's glue sticks because let's face it, children go through glue like it's *candy.* With this value pack, teachers can ~stick~ with a tried and true brand at nearly the same price as its generic (aka clumpy!) counterparts.
Promising review: "Do you want to make an elementary school teacher happy? Give them this. I've taught first grade for nine years. You would be surprised by how many glue sticks a first-grader uses in a typical year. You might think that we asked for a lot of glue sticks at the beginning of the year, but I can almost guarantee you that those glue sticks will be gone by Christmas. The rest of the year the teacher buys the glue sticks." —Amy
Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $25.44.
2. A pack of cult status Crayola crayons to ensure each one of their students has an *infinite supply* and so they don't need to listen to the kiddos squabble over crayons ever again.
Promising review: "Great to replenish teacher's stock! Several students in my son's class were running low on Crayons, and the teacher had requested parents send more. I found this pack and ordered. Great price, quick shipping, and she has plenty to give to ensure everyone has what they need!" —Amazon Customer
Get a pack of 24 (24 count each) from Amazon for $29.95.
3. A pack of 3,200+ puffy stickers boasting animals, cars, letters, hearts, stars, and more so they can reward their students in the most adorable way possible. It's a gift that keeps on giving (and then some!).
Promising review: "I get these for my kid's preschool teacher, and she absolutely loves them because they're in little strips that she can give to her students. I've gotten them four times." —Ari Mallard
Promising review: "I bought these for my 3-year-old class, and they LOVE them! They love getting these as a reward to show their parents that they had a great day! I will definitely be buying more when I run out. That won't be for a while considering how many came in the pack! I have been telling my teacher friends about these, and they are going to be purchasing some as well! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!" —C Dickerson
Get a pack of 64 sheets from Amazon for $9.99.
4. A pack of cult-fave Ticonderoga #2 Pencils that come *pre-sharpened* because "I enjoy sharpening pencils" — said no teacher, ever.
Promising review: "Y'all, please get bulk stuff like this for teachers throughout the school year. They do not make enough to be buying all these extra classroom supplies, and the basics they're given don't last... Got these for all three of our son's teachers in a supply box, and they loved it." —Christopher and Maggie
Promising review: "Best pencils you can buy! I bought these for my son's math teacher, who was in desperate need of pencils, and she was thrilled! It was such a great deal, but even if it wasn't, I still would have purchased these. They last longer and are way higher quality than other brands. The fact that they were already sharpened and ready for use made it an even better gift." —courtneyhennagir
Get a pack of 72 from Amazon for $14.49.
5. A pack of Astrobrights construction paper because these are ~astronomically vivid~ and will add a fun pop of color to any art and craft project.
Promising review: "A classroom teacher can never have enough Astrobright paper. I use it for all manner of posters and hand-outs. This paper also takes lamination well and does not fade. In my 20 years of teaching, I have consistently ordered Astrobright paper as my go-to." —K T
Get a pack of 625 from Amazon for $16.49.
6. A two-pack of Post-it super sticky easel pads that teacher reviewers say are an absolute "must-have" in the classroom because they can stick to practically any flat surface. Perfect for creating anchor charts, posters, and more!
Promising review: "These are perfect to use in my classroom! I have really enjoyed using these instead of a white board or chalk board! Especially since I share my classroom with other teachers! No mess, no fuss! And they stick really well to just about any flat surface." —Stefani Lynn Garcia
Promising review: "We buy these for our kindergarten teacher. She loves them! A great price here, too. $20 less than other sites." —Mainely a Mom
Get a pack of two from Amazon for $57.91.
7. A pack of colorful clipboards that'll come in handy in SO MANY WAYS to stay organized throughout the school year.
Promising review: "I got these to make a teacher appreciation craft for my daughter's kindergarten teacher. They arrived quickly and were safely tucked into a box. Upon opening them I fell in love with the colors. Unlike some others being sold at other locations they were all different colors, just what I was looking for. I highly recommend!" —Amazon Customer
Get a pack of six from Amazon for $19.95.
8. A pack of long-lasting Pink Pearl erasers because they don't leave a residue like other erasers — so little scholars can turn in flawless tests and make their teacher's job just a little bit easier!
9. Or a pack of Pink Pearl cap erasers that'll actually withstand the ~test~ of time. Reviewers say these last wayyyy longer than the flimsy ones found in local stores.
Promising review: "Best erasers ever!!! I donated a box of these to my daughter's class. The teacher said they were absolutely amazing. The quality is like a standard rectangle eraser. They are so much better than the regular pencil top erasers. And they do not rip, and the tops do not pop off. I would highly recommend these. I am going to order a couple more boxes." —Shopper
Get a pack of 144 from Amazon for $6.88.
10. A pack of felt tip pens so ~ink-credible~ they won't bleed through paper and so vibrant that they'll add a little pizzazz to grading papers.
Promising review: "Fantastic teacher's gift. Apparently teachers LOVE these; I got more 'thank yous' for sending these to my kids' teachers than I ever do with a Starbucks gift card." —mndyj33
Promising review: "My favorite school supply. I am a middle school teacher, and I don't think I could ever have too many of these Flair pens. I like the way they feel in my hand, and how vivid the color is on paper. I use them on absolutely everything, and the kids notice because I always get some for Christmas! My favorite!" —Christopher Canales
Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $18.88.
11. A pack of fine-tip pens that'll glide across paper to make to-do lists, planners, and grading a truly smooth experience. Basically every teacher's dream come true!
Promising review: "I'm a teacher and I feel like teachers know pens. These are great! I'm super in love with Flair pens, but they aren't fine tip. These are amazing! They're perfect for grading, writing notes, putting kids names on things. I'd buy these again and again." —lena
Get a pack of 18 from Amazon for $7.99.
12. A pack of Sharpie highlighters they can keep readily available in any classroom to make note-taking a breeze.
Promising review: "Bought this for my children's teachers. Split one box between each kid and found it way cheaper than the $4 pack of three skinny ones from local stores. It also helps the teacher out by donating to a child whose parents may not be able to get the basic resources for them. Also, because the marker is thick and round, I believe it helps young kids grasp better." —Dustin F.
Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $25.46.
13. A pack of scissors that teacher reviewers can't stop raving about. These "big kid" scissors will enable older kids to tackle classroom art projects like total pros.
Promising review: "My third-graders' hands are too big for the 'safety' scissors so we bought these big kid scissors. Great value, and they love using the bigger, easier to handle, and faster to use scissors! Cuts the cutting time down! (Pun intended!!)" —Haikaichi
Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $23.99.
14. A pack of washable Crayola markers so students can create a plethora of masterpieces without running out of color choices throughout the school year.
Promising review: "My fifth-graders LOVE these! When I brought out this huge container of beautiful markers, my fifth-graders thought they had won the lottery. I didn't know beforehand, but they said that these are their FAVORITE kind of markers. I have them organized in a Lakeshore caddy, sorted by color, and my students pull this caddy out every day!" —Kim
Promising review: "I teach art to children, and I recommend these to all my students. The colors are great, and they blend well. They are such a good value." —D. P.
Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $15.97.
15. A pack of folders to keep the classroom organized. (Why are these always sold out in stores?!?)
Promising review: "I'm a teacher, and my students needed folders to keep track of their work. These are great for keeping their essays and warm-ups in."—Crystalyn
Promising review: "Excellent price and quality. Always good to have a bunch of these around for the kids. Heck, buy an extra one and give it to a teacher!" —Brent L. Bordelon
Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $9.98.
16. A pack of Play-Doh that'll last for months and inspire hours of ooey gooey creative fun during class or even at recess.
Promising review: "This is a great value for the money. I'm a teacher, and I purchase this set for my class twice a year. It's great as a first day of school ice breaker and later on as a Christmas gift. There are enough cans so every child can have a choice, and the extra cans go into the prize box. My students love it! This Play-Doh is a nice size that gives kids just enough dough to make special creations. It leads to plenty of creative playtime fun! Teachers can make it more educational by allowing the children to create and then write about their creations. My second-grade students never complain about creating, writing, and sharing when we use Play-Doh." —CidyLouWho
Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $24.99.
17. A pack of Scotch Tape they can count on to hold classroom decor or science projects in place. Plus, reviewers say these will put any dollar store tape to shame.
18. A pack of laminated posters for hanging up on the wall to make math visually engaging (and a lot less painful). Perfect for elementary through middle school ages.
Promising review: "As a special education teacher, these were perfect resources to use in my classroom. The size is easy to store or place on the table for the kids to use individually. We hang them on the white board, and the kids pull them down as they need them, and the color is perfect for the diversity of my kids' visual needs." —julie Kleinknight
Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $11.89.
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