Practical Gift Ideas For A Middle School Principal

By the time your kids hit middle school, gifts for staff are long forgotten. Most kids are embarrassed to take a gift to their teachers or principal. Gifts at this age are so not cool (according to our kids).

On the flip side, gifts are unnecessary and not expected. However, the handful of gifts my Principal Husband brings home each year are greatly appreciated!

If you would like to give a gift to your kids’ middle school principal, we have listed Practical Gift Ideas For A Middle School Principal they are sure to love!

Middle school kids arriving at school.

Practical Gift Ideas For A Middle School Principal

This list was approved by our very own, in-house, Middle School Principal!

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Hydro Flask

Our daughter wanted a Hydro Flask for school so we bought two. My Principal husband got a hold of one and has claimed it as his own! He LOVES the Hydro Flask. The Hydro Flask keeps water cold longer. We fill it with ice and water in the morning and the ice is still there when they come home from school! This thing rocks! Principals are constantly on their feet and need to stay hydrated. The Hydro Flask comes in multiple colors so you’re sure to find school colors to make it extra special!

Pre-Packaged Snacks

Often, Principals do not have the luxury of sitting down to eat lunch. Pre-packaged snacks they can have on hand will help sustain them throughout their day.

Gift Cards

Gift Cards are always appreciated! I know, I know. You seem to be taking the easy way out with a Gift Card, but they are enjoyed!

  • Local Coffee Shop Gift Card – The Middle School Principal will enjoy stopping by for coffee in the morning!
  • Local Eatery Gift Card – Rarely would a Principal take time to go somewhere for lunch BUT they often have evening events and no time to go home for dinner. A gift card to a local eatery will allow them a quick bite to eat between school and nighttime activities.

Specialty Coffee

More than likely, there’s a coffee pot in the main office brewing some cheap coffee. How about giving your kids’ Principal the treat of Specialty Coffee?

Storybook Journals

This is a fun and unique gift! My Principal husband has one and uses it a lot! Everyone needs a place to take notes. Why not make it fun? You could even jot a quick note of appreciation in the front to make him/her smile on tough days!

Messenger Bag

A Principal’s job is never done! They carry work back and forth from school to home and back again. A good quality Messenger Bag withstands the test of time!

Star Wars Tie

Most male Principals wear ties. Why not make it a fun tie that the students will love?

Star Wars Tie Bar

A Star Wars Tie Bar to go right along with the Star Wars theme! Since tie tacks and tie clips are worn every day, it’s good to have backups!


This is a super fun necklace for the female Principal on your list!

Note Of Appreciation

The absolute BEST gift a Principal will receive is a Note Of Appreciation! When days are challenging, it’s those notes that sustain a Principal!

My husband, a Middle School Principal, enjoys showing off his gifts to us! It’s as if he’s received praise for a job well done! Whether you write a note of appreciation or purchase a gift, these Gift Ideas For A Middle School Principal will surely be a hit! Even IF you have to sneak it in without your kids knowing!


Hi! I’m Bridget!

I create printables and DIYs to help you get organized and celebrate special occasions! It’s my mission to inspire you to get creative and find joy in the everyday!

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