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Teacher gift ideas – what they really want and what they don’t!

The whole teacher gift thing is all new to me. 

This is the first year I’ve had a child at school (well, pre-school) and it seems I have to buy their teacher a gift or I might be considered to be, well, more than a little tight. 

I know, I know, the teachers out there would say they don’t expect it, but I’m not about to be the only parent who doesn’t make at least a little bit of effort. 

Plus my eldest’s key worker has been great. I knew I liked her when she immediately sussed the way to peel a sobbing three year old off my thigh was to get the dinosaur box out. I mean, if anything can distract my eldest, it’s an in depth discussion over the thigh-bone length of an Argentinosaurus. A discussion that goes on long enough for me to leg it out the door. 

What teacher gift do I buy?

But what exactly are we supposed to give the teachers as an end of year gift? 

Seems handmade gifts go down well. But clearly they don’t know me at all if they think that’s a good idea. Nobody would want anything handmade that I’ve been involved in. Believe me.

I’d say wine or chocolates. But then you realise that there are a LOT of kids, and that’s a LOT of wine and chocolate. (Thinking about it, I definitely chose the wrong career…)

‘Best Teacher’ mug it is then! Oh wait… Apparently that’s like the shittest thing you can buy a teacher. Can’t possibly think why… 

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So I’ve asked some fellow bloggers, some of whom are also teachers, what to buy – and more importantly, what NOT to buy. But even this lot seem to disagree. 

What to buy (and not to buy) your child’s teacher

  • Personalised gifts such as notebooks, pens, stampers, or keyrings. Or things like handmade jewellery, thermos coffee cup with lid, a plant in a pot, a funky USB stick, a nice letter or your child’s favourite book, a nice bottle of wine, or a picture of the teacher drawn by your child. Things to avoid: chocolate, mugs, body lotion or hand cream, and diaries. www.fuelledbylatte.com
  • It would be nice for the class to chip in some money each for a voucher that way we don’t get 30 bottles of wine or chocolate etc. www.anklebitersadventures.co.uk
  • We buy some nice plastic bags and ribbon and make home-made fudge. Just a few pieces each. My son has always had lovely notes back thanking him and how they’ve shared them with their family. We always pop the ingredients we used on a label on the bag just in case anyone in their family has an allergy to something we’ve used. www.ourbucketlistlives.co.uk
  • We often do a voucher for a local coffee shop so they can treat themselves one lunch time. It gives them the choice of what they want to spend it on too. www.twinderelmo.co.uk 
  • Wine please – as a fiancee, daughter and now sister of teachers, I like it very much when they get wine! www.mumfullofdreams.com
  • I’m not a teacher but when my daughter left nursery we bought them a butterfly habitat where they can grown your own butterflies and they still use it now my son is going there. www.mummaandhermonsters.com
  • As an ex teacher, John Lewis or M&S vouchers were hugely appreciated by all the staff. Also a plant like lavender or herbs. And gin! What not to get: chocolates, sweets, biscuits, cakes, smellies, mugs, candles, or socks! The staff room is always full of treats from someone’s birthday so hence no cake, chocolate or sweets. www.flyingwithababy.com
  • I love wine and would be happy with 30 bottles but to prove I’m not a total alcoholic, I also think a personalised gift is special. Like a lunch bag with your name on, or drinks bottle but obviously you only need one! Last year I bought the girls’ nursery teachers a portable phone charger and that went down really well. I hated smellies and chocolate, and whilst I liked flowers I was usually jetting off somewhere ASAP so couldn’t appreciate them. www.popitha.com
  • Sometimes the preschool/send home a letter of what things they need so putting a hamper of these things together in preparation for the new intake may be an idea. www.thequeenofcollage.blogspot.com
  • A lovely note of appreciation always goes down well and my favourite gifts were always mini hampers. I’ve done this for my girls’ preschool key workers this year in personalised pencil cases. They include bits like lip balms, hand creams, face masks, face cleansing cloths, a candle and Kinder chocolates. Without sounding ungrateful, anything with best teacher on it should be avoided. Steer clear from the best teacher mugs, nobody wants one of them and they just clutter up their house. www.mummy2twindividuals.com 
  • We always like giving personalised items such as towels with my kids’ teachers’ names on it. There was one Christmas that we gave their teachers’ personalised gift tags with a cartoon representing them and their names on it too. www.myparentingjourney.com

What teacher gift are you planning to buy? 

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Jenny | Midwife and Life 02/07/2019 - 10:49 am

Great ideas! I end up not getting anything because I think everything is naff, so it’s good to hear ideas from actual teachers.

Sophie Holmes 02/07/2019 - 8:28 pm

I’m a secondary school teacher and we get bugger all. So I appreciate absolutely anything if I do get bought something. This year I’ve had a small box of maltesers, flowers and Thank you cards. It’s the Thank you cards that are really special. We get my boys teachers Costa gift voucher or we chip in a fiver and they get something big from the whole class!

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 02/07/2019 - 9:30 pm

I’m thinking a Costa voucher! And already bought the thank you cards so I’m kind of half on it 🙂

PJ 01/02/2020 - 7:38 am

I’m still learning from you, as I’m trying to achieve my goals.
I certainly enjoy reading all that is written on your website.Keep the stories
coming. I loved it!


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