The school year is rapidly coming to a close.

Teachers have just spent 10 months educating your kids in subjects such as history, math, literature, chemistry and wood shop.

Sure, it's their job to watch over them six hours a day. But that doesn't mean they don't deserve a little extra appreciation.

Lots of students and their parents like to buy gifts for their teachers at the end of the year. They don't have to be expensive, but they shouldn't be mugs, calendars or pens, according to Canadian Family, who amassed a list of teachers' least favourite presents.

Most people are also probably looking for something extra special. We've compiled a list of gifts that could make any teacher happy, from personalized stamps to inspirational art and much more.

Check out 20 awesome gifts to buy for teachers:

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  • Pencil Candy Box

    Psst, teach: we know you keep sweets in your desk. You just don't do a good job of hiding it. Try one of these! They can fit candy, chocolate and all other kinds of little treats. <a href="" target="_blank">Pencil Canady Box, $4.99 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Custom Logo Stamp with Birds

    This gift is perfect for artsier teachers. Help them really make an impression on their letters, drawings and personal compositions with a pretty little bird illustration. <a href="" target="_blank">Custom Logo Stamp with Birds, $10 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Personalized Teacher Tree

    Because your teacher helps you grow. <a href="" target="_blank">Personalized Teacher Tree, $14.95 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Teacher Appreciation Gift Tags

    These tags allow students to thank their teachers in the punniest way possible! (Ha, get it?) <a href="" target="_blank">Teacher Appreciation Gift Tags, $5 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Teacher Appreciation Print

    You can have it in any colour you want and customize it with your teacher's name. Sometimes, on difficult days with students, they need to hear this. <a href="" target="_blank">Teacher Appreciation Print, $7 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Personalized Teacher Name Plate

    An excellent gift for a newlywed teacher, or just someone who wants to leave no question that the desk at the front of the class is theirs. <a href="" target="_blank">Personalized Teacher Name Plate, $14.99 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Customized Word Apple

    Surround your teacher's name with all the wonderful words you can use to describe them. <a href="" target="_blank">Customized Word Apple, $17 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Bitter Chocolate Handmade Leather Journal

    Perfect for jotting down ideas for lessons in the new school year. <a href="" target="_blank">Bitter Chocolate Handmade Leather Journal, $30 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Retro Oven Cupcake Box

    Cupcakes are handed out dozens of times a year for students' birthdays. Why not let teach join in on the fun? They can use this cute little box to store the cupcake on their desk for later, or even store gifts and candy! <a href="" target="_blank">Retro Oven Cupcake Box, $5.99 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Baseball Stitches Design Tape

    Perfect for any teachers who will spend their summers playing softball or heckling pro ball players from the stands, this tape can make anything look like a baseball. <a href="" target="_blank">Baseball Stitches Design Tape, $7.99 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • "When You Enter This Classroom" Plate

    A kind message from teachers to their students, to remind all of them why they're there (and reminds teachers how they've inspired students too). <a href="" target="_blank">"When You Enter This Classroom" Plate, $5 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Origami Wishing Stars

    These 45 individual stars have inspirational and motivational quotes to carry teachers through a school year. <a href="" target="_blank">Origami Wishing Stars, $10 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Teacher Appreciation School House

    Words of inspiration can boost a teacher when times seem toughest. This little school house replica reminds educators to spread positive messages to their students. <a href="" target="_blank">Teacher Appreciation School House, $20.50 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Teacher's Pillow

    For every time teachers lay their heads down to sleep, they can have happy messages about their work flow right into their dreams. <a href="" target="_blank">Teacher's Pillow, $28 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Teacher's Scroll Box

    Want a way to tell teach something without having to say it in class? Give him or her a place for secret messages. It's a perfect way for students to say they're having trouble with a subject, or when you want to let them know how awesome you think they are. <a href="" target="_blank">Teacher's Scroll Box, $32 USD, available at Etsy</a>.

  • Yellow Sun Jar

    Put a little light into your teacher's life with this yellow sun jar. It puts a rechargeable battery and LED lamp into a frosted yellow mason jar to keep the good vibes coming. <a href="" target="_blank">Yellow Sun Jar, $39, available at Indigo</a>.

  • Scratch Map Poster

    With school out for the summer, teach might be ready to jet off to some exotic locations around the world. They can scratch off a gold foil to discover amazing facts about the countries they plan to visit in the sunny season. <a href="" target="_blank">Scratch Map Poster, $21.95, available at Indigo</a>.

  • "Teaching: It's Harder Than it Looks" by Gerry Dee

    Teachin' ain't easy! Just ask comedian Gerry Dee, star of the CBC sitcom "<a href="" target="_blank">Mr. D</a>," in which he plays a teacher who's just hacking his way through the job. Your teacher is likely better than Mr. D, but maybe the comedian has a few funny tricks to try when September rolls around. <a href="" target="_blank">"Teaching: It's Harder Than it Looks" by Gerry Dee, $18.77, available at Indigo</a>.

  • Quack Tape

    The only thing that would make this cooler would be if the tape made a quacking sound when you pulled off a piece. Imagine the laughs a teacher could generate in class. <a href="" target="_blank">Quack Tape, $18, available at Indigo</a>.

  • Scented Carton Erasers

    Because who doesn't want the smell of chocolate milk when you're trying to erase a spelling mistake? Just be careful not to mix these in with the kids' real milk. <a href="" target="_blank">Scented Carton Erasers, $5, available at Indigo</a>.

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