18 Unique Thank You Gift Ideas for Mentors

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As you go through life, having someone older and wiser to help you navigate difficult times and hard seasons is essential. Whether your mentor helps you through challenges at work or parenting, you owe much of your success to your mentor. After all, where would you be without the steady, guiding hand of helping mentors?

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If you have mentors who have made a difference in your life, don’t let too much time go by without telling them they are valued and appreciated. Here are some great thank you gifts for mentors.

Practical Thank You Gifts for Mentors

When you give a thank you gift to your mentor, it shows how much you appreciate this very important person.

Personalizing the gift you give also shows your mentor that you care enough to know about his or her likes and dislikes. If your mentor is the practical type, the best type of gift you can give is one that can be used on a daily basis.

1. Work planner

Planners are not only trendy, but they are also practical. Planners come with various features that make them highly suitable for organizing and planning a full, hectic workday.

It will help your mentor stay on the top of a heavy workload. We recommend this Weekly and Monthly Planner With Thick Paper and a leather cover.

2. Work bags

Everyone needs a work bag to carry files, folders, a laptop, and other office essentials. These bags are perfect for both men and women and are incredibly practical.

Look for a work bag that is stylish and comfortable with plenty of compartments to keep everything from folders and phones to pens and work keys.

You can buy a MONSTINA Laptop Tote Bag With a USB Charger or something like this Himawari Travel School Backpack With USB Charging Port.

3. Desktop organizer

No one likes a cluttered desk. With the help of a handy desktop organizer, your mentor can maintain order and keep everything close. 

 Try to purchase a set that reflects your mentor’s personality. Standard organizers come with enough compartments to keep pens, papers, scissors, keys, and other small items, like this Jerry & Maggie Wood Display Shelf.

For an upgraded option, look for an organizer that comes with a cellphone charging dock as well, like this Pezin & Hulin Bamboo Charging Stations for Multiple Devices.

4. Pen set

A personalized pen set is not only practical but highly professional with engraved names. If you choose to go this route, don’t go budget, as poor engraving or low pen quality sends the opposite message you’re trying to convey. 

High-quality pens with professional engraving with their names or a quote will go far in communicating your gratitude, so you can try something like this Personalized Ballpoint Pen and Mechanical Pencil Set With a Customized Wooden Box.

Include a personalized thank-you note with the set to share specific ways they have touched your life.

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Funny Gift for Mentors

Is your mentor the make-you-laugh type? If so, get him a funny thank you gift to show your gratitude for his role in your life. It will make your mentor’s day when you give him a reason to smile by way of saying thank you. 

5. Amusing desk bauble

If your mentor has a day job in a bland office, think of a way to spice up her environment. There are plenty of entertaining desk baubles from Baby Yoda toys to mini basketball hoops.

How about a pile of fake snowballs your mentor can use to start a fight with coworkers or a classic Chia pet?

Get creative and be sure to get your mentor something that will make them smile every day.

6. Post-it notes with funny quotes and jokes

Get creative for this one. Use sites like Etsy, Amazon, or Zazzle for pre-printed joke post-its or customize a set yourself. You can add a different one-liner to the bottom of each Post-it Note or make them all the same.

Either way, when your mentor uses those little brightly-colored sticky note reminders, she’ll get a chuckle every time.

7. Funny desk sign

A funny desk sign, like this "NOPE" Desk Sign from Amazon, will not only make your mentor smile every time he looks at it, but it’ll bring a smile to the face of everyone who visits his office.

You know your mentor and his sense of humor, so get a personalized desk sign that says something funny that your mentor can relate to.

8. Mouse pad with a funny anecdote

Do people still use mouse pads? They sure do! Many offices have full computers that require the use of a mouse.

Get your mentor one with an amusing anecdote or a funny picture on it instead, like this Classic Doge Mousepad. Your gift will get a smile from your mentor. 

Digital or Virtual Thank You Gifts for Mentors

COVID-19 has completely changed the way we conduct our businesses and work from home situations have become the new norm.

If that’s the case for your mentor, consider sending a digital thank you gift to show your mentor that you appreciate their efforts and influence in your life.

9. Personalized video shout out

Want to take your thank you to the next level? You can do so with the help of a customized video shout-out from celebrities.

You can use the Cameo app and have a celebrity of choice shout out a message to your mentor for as little as $20. Imagine your mentor’s surprise when their favorite actor or actress thanks them for their hard work on your behalf!

10. Online gift card

Who hasn’t bought something online? Online shopping is growing in popularity by the day. If your mentor doesn’t have a lot of time to go shopping, this could be the ideal option.

Give her the gift of choosing whatever she wants from an online retailer of her choice. Read our egift card guide for more.

11. Online course enrollment

We never stop learning, no matter how old we get. What better way to say thank you to your mentor than by encouraging a hobby or passion?

Enroll your mentor in an online course suited to her tastes or sign her up for a program like MasterClass and give your mentor the gift of learning a wide variety of new things.

12. Virtual gym membership

Everyone wants to take care of themselves and stay healthy, but getting to the gym can be too time-consuming.

A great way to thank you to your short-on-time mentor is by getting him a virtual gym membership that helps them stay fit from the convenience and comfort of their own home.

There are virtual gym memberships for every type of fitness guru around, from HIIT and cardio to yoga and meditation. 

Self-Care or Luxurious Thank You Gifts for Mentors

Our mentors pour themselves into those they take under their wing so it’s only fitting that you help them take care of themselves once in a while. With the help of self-care or luxury items, you can give your mentors some well-deserved time to pamper themselves.

Whether you need gifts for nurses, gifts for doctors, or options for professors or colleagues, you’ll be able to find a gift for everyone on your list. 

13. Self-care subscription box

There are dozens of self-care subscription box options available these days.

Personalize your mentor’s subscription box by choosing an option they would enjoy from skincare products and bath bombs to meal kits, fishing gear, and home brew kits.

14. Personalized vitamins and proteins

Everyone wants to be healthy and fit, but with busy schedules, it can be difficult to get in all the nutrients you need.

Give your mentor the gift of good health with a personalized subscription for vitamins and protein powder.

15. Essential oil sampler and diffuser

We’ve all experienced how exhausting it can be to come home after a long, tiring day of work.

Diffusing a calming scent like lavender or chamomile can make all the difference in helping your mentor wind down and relax. Purchase an essential oil sampler and diffuser, like this Ultimate Aromatherapy Diffuser & Essential Oil Set, if your loved one doesn’t already have one.

16. Sleeping mask

Sleep is an essential part of a healthy life but due to daily stressors, light from windows, light from cellphone screens, charging stations, and alarm clocks, it can be hard to get a room dark enough for deep, restful sleep.

If this sounds like something your mentor struggles with, get a plush sleeping mask, like this Bluetooth Eye Mask With 3D Contoured Cup for your mentor as a thank-you gift. They’ll be thanking you after they use it!

17. Salt lamps

Salt lamps, like this Hand-Carved Himalayan Salt Lamp, are a great alternative to regular lamps. They not only give a calming glow that makes you feel better, but they are also good at improving air quality and reducing allergens.

They look elegant and fit with a wide variety of decor as well. Your mentor is bound to love it!

18. Lush robes and cozy PJs

Old high school t-shirts are nice to lounge in, but they’ll never beat the comfort and coziness that soft, plush, silk robes or cozy flannel PJs.

Thank your mentor by giving them the most comfortable pair of PJs they’ll ever own.

Perfect Gifts for Perfect Mentors 

There are many things to be grateful for in this world, and one of them is having a great mentor. Considering all the help that mentors give out, gifting them a token of appreciation to show your gratitude is a simple way to give back.

The best thank you gifts are as unique as the mentor you look up to, so be sure to add a personal touch and a note of gratitude. Remember that no matter what you give, your mentor will appreciate the thought behind it.

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