School’s Out: Teacher gifts, recommended by teachers!
With the end of term fast approaching, we asked primary school teachers to tell us the most memorable gifts they’ve received from students over the years, and our top tip? Step away from anything with ‘best teacher’ on! Whatever your budget, here are some ideas for the best teacher gifts to see out the school year, which all come with the teacher's seal of approval!
The class collection
This one might take a bit of planning between parents, but it’s a sure fire way to ensure you’ll end up with something to thank the teacher in style, without breaking the bank. Spa experiences and shopping gift vouchers have been some of the most popular, but one male teacher even received a voucher for the West Bromwich Albion football shop – his favourite team.
Gifts picked by the kids
Our panel of primary school teachers all have the fondest memories and the funniest stories of the gifts that have obviously been chosen by the kids. Why not ask your kids what they think their teacher likes, and follow their lead?
A handmade card
There’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to get a teacher a gift at the end of the school year, and it certainly won’t be taken in offence if you choose not to. In fact, the first thing that all the teachers mentioned was handmade cards. Let your kids get creative without spending a penny, and know that it’s still very well received.
And ones to avoid…
- Flowers – a really lovely gift, but worth considering that you might not be the only one. One teacher we spoke to got over 15 bouquets of flowers in one day from her class, making it really difficult to take home!
- Best teacher gifts – if this is your teacher’s first year with their own class, then these can be a thoughtful gift, but the novelty soon wears off. Staff rooms are already bursting at the seams with ‘best teacher’ mugs and glasses, whilst things like teddies and ornaments end up collecting dust. Save your money!
- Candles and/or bath stuff – these are both pretty common, especially for female teachers, but the reality is that they can get loads of these from like-minded parents. If you’ve ever been gifted a lot of bath sets or candles at Christmas, and still haven’t used half of them by June, then you’ll know what we mean!
- Chocolates – last Christmas, one of our teachers got 18 boxes of chocolate – it can get out of hand quickly!
If all else fails? Pick up a bottle of wine – unlike chocolates, flowers or candles, one thing all of our teachers had in common was that there’s no such thing as too much wine!