Gift Ideas For Teachers

A Gift For The Teacher

At Christmas and at the end of the school year, it has become customary to give a small gift to teachers and classroom assistants, particularly in primary schools. If you aren't sure what to give this year here are some suggestions.

I’ve collected these gift ideas from both mums and school staff, with some hints for what not to get as well!

Gifts should always be something small. When I was at school anyone who bought a gift for the teacher would have been thought of as the most terrible ‘creep’. Nowadays an overly-expensive gift would have the same effect. If you are on a tight budget even small gifts can start to get expensive as you could be required to buy gifts for a teacher and up to two classroom assistants per child. That really starts to add up especially if you have two or more children.

The teachers and assistants I have spoken to tell me that they much prefer a small gift, maybe something they will enjoy then use up such as chocolates, biscuits or even a bottle of wine. They also really don't like (and some positively loathe) those ‘World’s Best Teacher’ type of knick-knacks. If they’ve been teaching for a few years, they may have quite a collection already.

About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.

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