Gift Ideas For Teachers
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.
- Home-made biscuits or cakes, especially if the child has helped to make them. These are good and can also be shared with the other staff such as secretaries who tend not to get gifts.
- Teachers, I am told, get a lot of candles. Unless you know this teacher is really mad about candles it might be best to avoid these, as they will probably have at least ten given to them.
- Flowers or pot-plants would be appreciated and are rarely given. These can be inexpensive or even home grown or propagated. Pots could be decorated for a personal or festive touch.
- Stationary supplies would be appreciated, particularly for teachers of older children. They often end up needing to ‘lend’ pens and pencils to students who have forgotten them, so to have some to hand would be really helpful. Also, reward stickers are the sort of thing teachers may have to supply themselves, so those would be a good gift too.
- Teachers are always breaking or losing coffee mugs. They usually have to supply their own and it is nice to have spares for visitors as well.
- Pampering products such as bath oil or bubble bath go down well, especially if it has words like 'relaxation' or 'de-stressing' on it! However they do get a lot of soap, so steer clear of that.
- How about vouchers for a small treat such as renting a movie or a manicure?
- Get a group of you together to buy a larger gift such as a decent sized gift certificate for a store or restaurant.
- If you want a present for the music teacher, how about a baton? They break them all the time and they only cost from couple of pounds each!
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.