25 of the Most Awkward Gifts Teachers Have Ever Received

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There are three general times that a teacher receives gifts from students: Christmas, Valentine’s Day and the end of the school year. The Christmas gifts are almost always a mix of Rocher chocolates, Santa Claus/Snowman mugs, and lotion/hand sanitizer/candles. One gets a strong sense that many of these items are gifts that the parents didn’t want. (I know I pass on my chocolates and lotion sets to my kid’s teachers!) Occasionally there is a Starbucks or Target gift card, which is like pure gold.  And every once in a while there is a very strange item given to us that we are unsure how to react to.

I asked a group of over 100,000 teachers to name the strangest gifts they’ve ever received from a student and here is a list of the weirdest, most creative responses I received:

1. A Dollar Store mug and candy combo with “World’s Greatest Lover” on it

image of mug with writing "World's Best Lover" with candy inside

This gift almost makes it into the pile of standard teacher gifts but then WOAH! Did the kid/parent not see the front of the mug? Please god, let that be the case.

2. Toilet brush set

image of toilet bowl brushes

Well this is definitely practical. If you have a toilet, you should have the proper utensils to clean it. 

3. A nose hair trimmer

GIF - Arnold Schwarzenegger trimming nose nairs

A very considerate gift for the teacher who has it all, including overgrown nose hair.

4. A gift card for a bikini wax

GIF - Steve Carell in 40 year old virgin getting belly waxed "ohhhh! kelly clarkson!"

Thanks kid. Now we’re both thinking about my pubes.

5. A pair of fur-covered handcuffs for the teacher to use with her “Beyoncé” (fiancé)

GIF - female "Is it me or did shit just get real weird?"

A dash of cute with a whole lot of uncomfortable!

6. Used hair gel

photo of a used bottle of hair gel

First of all, is this a joke? It’s not? Okay, well, thank you for saving this bit for me!

7. A rose that was actually a red lace thong (Students mistakenly buy this gift for teachers a lot.)

GIF - male actor "that's inappropriate"

Apparently they sell these at 7-11 and students confuse it for a single red rose… which is also awkward. This item needs to have a huge label that reads “You know this is UNDERWEAR, RIGHT?” to prevent this terrible circumstance from happening again. 

8. A perfume called “Sexy Thang”

GIF - Emma Stone making suspicious face

I’m not sure who the target audience for this is, but it sure as hell ain’t teachers!

9. 3 razors, a chapstick, a toothbrush, and a pencil wrapped in a rubber band

GIF - Dr. Phil looking disturbed "Thank you for that..."

This kid doesn’t have time to play games. He is all practicality and utility.

10. Kama Sutra cologne, complete with topless lady on the label

GIF - female "you're actually serious?"

This immediately gets returned to sender. Thank you but I can’t accept gifts from students that include images of boobies.

11. Perfume and sexy underwear so the teacher can, in the student’s words, “Make your own baby!”

GIF - Amy schumer angry face, chewing gum

Why would I ever need to make my own baby when I have 30 of you weirdos?

12. A book about how to give massages to cats

GIF - ice cube staring with mouth open

If you’ve ever wondered if there are specific techniques for petting cats, this is the item for you!

13. Chocolates that a student admitted her dad stole from the Dollar Tree

GIF - Keegan Keye in Substitute teacher skit "uhhh..."

Your dad risked a lot for these sweet delights. Let’s share them together.

14. A copy of American Psycho wrapped in newspaper

GIF - Cameron Tucker in Modern Family "That's messed up."

Good book, but not particularly gift-worthy. The addition of the newspaper certainly adds an element of creepy. I hope there aren’t any mysteriously highlighted passages!

15. A gift bag with grapefruit and appetite suppressants

GIF -Ryan Stiles on Whoise line is it anyway? "LOVE IT"

This gift included a note that read, “My mom said these helped her lose weight!” Need I say more?

16. A box of pantyliners

GIF - Seth Meyers looking around with awkward face

In the student’s defense, they do sell these in a gift box with a bow that reads GIFT in huge fancy letters. Perhaps they just didn’t read the fine print which reads, “You deserve it! A breakthrough in feminine hygiene!”

17. Cellulite cream

GIF - Lisa kudrow "oh...well...thank you."

That crap is expensive so thanks, I guess.

18. An empty condom wrapper with wildflowers in it

GIF - Tina Fey "No thank you, please."

“Please kid, tell me you don’t know what this is,” I think to myself as I reach for this gift with a wad of 15 tissues doused in hand sanitizer.

19. A hand-drawn portrait of the teacher completely nude (it included EVERYTHING)

GIF - cecily strong "And like, why? and like, don't.

If the kid is under four years old I suppose it is innocent enough to be cute. Over five and I’m calling the cops.

20. Gift card to Victoria’s Secret which said “Sexy Little You” on it

GIF - miki minaj shrugging shoulders

I can’t afford nice underwear so I’m willing to overlook this unbelievably uncomfortable message.

21. Used candles

GIF - chandler from friends "REALLY?"

You tried them out for me fifteen times? How were they?

22. A bra that clearly had been worn before

GIF - blonde female making disgusted face

If it’s old enough, maybe it could be considered vintage?

23. A lighter which revealed a picture of a naked lady when it was turned upside down

GIF - real housewives crossing arms "not cool"

I’ll regift this to my pubescent nephew. Should make a splash.

24. A t-shirt with the teacher’s face on it

GIF - Sophia Burset from Orange is the new black with surprised look

Walking around wearing a shirt with your own face on it is not odd at all! I think I’ll wear it to my next speed dating event!

25. Massage oils called “Love Potion” with a post-it note that read “use with your husband”

GIF - Kimiko Glenn in Orange is the NEw Black "Ummm... no..."

For those irritable teachers whose marriages have probably lost that spark.

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Jane Morris_author photoThis article was written by Jane Morris — author of the bestselling book: Teacher Misery. Connect with her on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr.


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