If you are anything like me, you leave stuff like end of year gifts for teachers to the last-minute. It’s not long until school breaks for summer and I’m only just thinking about what I should do for gifts for teachers. If I’m entirely honest, I question whether getting gifts for teachers is something I even think I should do. There is enough pressure on parents as it is these days, without adding presents for teachers to it. However, it is becoming the ‘done thing’ so I asked some of my fellow bloggers for their best ideas for end of the year gifts for teachers. Here is what they said:
Boozey gifts for teachers
This is a good one. Some people might frown on giving a primary school teacher alcohol but all my teacher friends love getting booze. I always have bottles of booze in my cupboard so I can always bring one out, write a note and jobs a good un.
‘Wine (affiliate link) or other alcohol with a note saying ‘My child may be the reason that you drink so enjoy this wine’ http://katykicker.com
‘A massive bottle of gin?!’ (affiliate link). Christ knows I’d need one!!
Thoughtful gifts for teachers
I admire these people but because I’m so busy/last-minute this unfortunately is rarely me. I’m a day before Amazon Prime (affiliate link) kinda gal. If you are thoughtful, these guys have some nice ideas for end of year gifts for teachers.
‘I get a gift bag and fill it with a beach towel (just a cheapy!), trashy magazine, bag of Haribo and a can of cocktail, with a note telling them to relax and enjoy the peace!’ www.schoolrunshop.com
‘Lush gift boxes. They usually give cute apple tags specifically for teachers. Who doesn’t love Lush like?!’
‘Starbucks (or other coffee shop) vouchers. Not everyone drinks wine/gin etc. I’m a teacher and this is what I give (and like to receive).’ Http://lifebynaomi.com
‘I don’t buy gifts but send a nice email to the head thanking the kids’ teachers personally. It’s always well received.’ I really love this idea from www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk
‘We always get a little shop brought gift which varies depending on the teacher. But my son always makes his teachers a card himself, hand drawn and written with a note inside saying why he was saying thank you (always his own words) and then I stuck a little picture at the bottom of him. Teachers always comment on how sweet it is and lovely that he made it and wrote the words himself.’ www.tantrumstosmiles.co.uk
‘Last year we gave the teachers a box of Krispy Kreme, it seemed to be a hit.’ Yum!
‘I try to get some inside info from DS about what they like i.e. this year his TA loves the London Underground so I’ve got her a little book called The Tube and his teacher apparently likes unicorns so I got her a little string bracelet with a unicorn on it!’ www.planestrainsandmeltdowns.com
‘Some nice personalised plaques with a quote relating to that teacher.’ www.anklebitersadventures.co.uk
Coordinate your presents for teachers
I bet teachers really like coordinated gifts, they’ll get something much more expensive instead of tonnes of chocolate and tat. A great idea, as long as I’m not the one who has to organise it!
‘I heard recently of one parent co-ordinating the present from the whole class so the teacher got one gift voucher as opposed to lots of little gifts.’ http://www.happymummy.co.uk
‘I recently reviewed a Bakerdays letterbox cake which was lovely. Or get a few parents to club together and buy a spa voucher or afternoon tea.’
‘We club together to buy the teachers a voucher for our local shopping centre. We put a fiver in each (or what ever you feel you can give) and then split the total between the teacher and teaching assistant. It’s much cheaper than having to buy individual gifts, especially if you have more than one child in the school, and means the teacher doesn’t get 20 boxes of chocolate and 10 best teacher mugs! Most of the year groups in our school do this and it works really well. I also get my kids to do a handmade thank you card.’ http://cardiffmummysays.com
‘Club together with other mums to get a spa or beauty voucher. So they can properly relax finally!!’ Www.twoheartsoneroof.com
Homemade end of term gifts for teachers
I feel the same about homemade gifts as I do about the thoughtful ones. These are the best but I’ve accepted that I’m never going to be one of these lovely people.
‘A plant with the pot decorated by your child. Or some homemade fudge at Christmas.’ https://Pinkpearbear.com
‘We made some jam after a pick your own strawberries session and the children decorated all the labels.’ https://www.womaninprogress.co.uk
‘Kilner jar (affiliate link) and fill it with loads of different sweets. Tie with a ribbon and a note.’ Www.mummyinatutu.co.uk
‘This year we made flower pots using Yankee Candle Melts (affiliate link) as the flowers.’
Charity gifts for teachers
‘The gifts that are favourite among my kids’ teachers have always been the charity ones. Like oxfam unwrapped/UNICEF etc. We try to pick educational ones and are really great when buying for infant classes where there are many teachers as you only need one between them all. I’ve had teachers commenting about them years later!’ Www.mami2five.com
Vouchers for teachers
This is such an easy idea and one that most people enjoy receiving – vouchers for teachers. I personally think you can’t go wrong with Amazon vouchers (affiliate link) – almost everyone uses Amazon and you can get pretty much everything there.
‘A One4All Gift Card is a fab thank you present to give teachers as it takes the stress out of worrying whether your kind gesture would be well received thanks to being able to use in multiple stores, restaurants, hotels and attractions.’ http://thiswomansword.com
What I’ll be doing this year
If you follow this blog closely you’ll know I’m a huge Potterhead and I know Arlo’s teacher loves Harry Potter too so this year I’m going to get this Harry Potter cup (affiliate link), with a thank you note and I’ll send an email to the headteacher praising her too.
Thank you to all the bloggers who contributed to this post and helped me make my indecisive mind up!
Do you get end of year gifts for teachers? What do you do? Leave me a comment and let me know.
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7 thoughts on “21 ideas for end of year gifts for teachers”
Fab ideas – I LOVE the Yankee Candle flower pots and think you definitely can’t go wrong with vouchers x
They are cute aren’t they. I’m all for the ease of vouchers!
I hate the whole teacher’s gifts thing. Last year I felt like I had to get the teacher and TA something, and really struggled. We didn’t get even a verbal thank you back which isn’t great when you’re trying to teach your children about saying thank you. This year 1 class N is in (he straddles 2 classes) are clubbing together to get spa vouchers, but she’s not his main teacher and I begrudge feeling like I have to put in £20 for a teacher and 2 TAs. Across the 2 classes he has 2 teachers and 4 TAs. So I’ve suggested he draws a nice picture/does a card for the 2 teachers and writes in what his favourite thing has been. 1 card down and he’s been very boring and written his favourite subject is maths, english and spelling. Not quite what I was hoping for in the personal type of writing.
I totally agree Emma, and that’s quite costly too. So much pressure for parents on tight budgets.
Can’t go wrong with booze or vouchers! I have a few teacher friends and they always say alcohol is best, let’s face it, they deserve it, ha! x
Tea, coffee and biscuits for the staff room. Less than £10 and will get used up and not add clutter to people’s homes. My son is also vague on how many TA’s there are and would hate to miss someone if I did individual gifts. I do the same for nursery.