Sometimes, personal items fall flat as gifts, but there are a few choices that teachers find particularly welcome, like hand sanitizer, stain remover and hand lotion. If you know a teacher's fragrance preferences, personal care products like bubble bath, bath soap and cologne can be good choices, too. Choosing this kind of gift is a judgment call, so use some caution. Be sure you know what the teacher likes and will use before you spend the money. If you've caught a whiff of her wearing a recognizable cologne, that's great. If not, don't assume that the on-sale body splash from your local grocery store will be a welcome gift.