Teacher Thank You Gift Ideas
The end of the academic year is here at last, and for a lot of pupils and parents it is a time to say thank you to teachers and teaching assistants for their hard work this year. Freyja has come to the end of her Reception year – and I am relieved that she has made such a great start to her school career. The staff who have worked with her this year must take most of the credit for this, and I want to make sure that they have a gift so they understand just how much we have appreciated their support and enthusiasm throughout the year. Being a teacher myself, I have a few ideas for the ideal gift for a teacher, so if you are stuck with what to buy, here are a few ideas….
I haven’t met many teachers who don’t drink wine. What better way to celebrate the end of the year than with popping open a bottle of prosecco, or winding down with a nice glass of Merlot or Chardonnay?
If you’re not sure if the teacher drinks, or feel unsure about buying and sending wine into school, then another sure-fire hit for some end-of-term indulgence is food. There is nothing that brings more happiness to a teacher’s face, when they walk into the staff room and are greeted by a box of biscuits or cake. Homemade biscuits and cake is lovely, but if the teacher is straight off somewhere aboard as soon as term finishes, a tin of biscuits or a box of chocolates may be a safer bet.
Boxes of chocolates always go down well as you never really buy them for yourself or your family. I love the truffles from Monty Bojangles as not only do they feel a bit posh and special, they also have some unusual (and very more-ish) flavours. The Berry Bubble one has popping candy in it! A box of these makes you feel like a child in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
Another great box of chocolates is the Guylian Praline Seashells. In my pre-children teaching career when I line managed other staff, I would buy them a box of these at the end of the year to say thank you for all their hard work. The 2007 floods in Gloucestershire started on the last day of term in July. A lot of staff had problems getting home that day. One of my colleagues was stuck in traffic on a flooded road. It was getting late, and she was getting hungry. Thankfully she had the box of Guylian Seashells I had bought her. These chocolates save lives!! And at the moment they are on offer in the largest supermarkets for £3!
The summer holidays should be a time for teacher’s to relax and unwind after a year of hard work. A great gift to help them to do this is Olverum, a therapeutic bath oil. It contains 10 pure essential oils, which give it a gorgeously aromatic yet unisex scent. Having used this personally, I had a great night’s sleep afterwards – just what you need to help you wind-down during the summer holidays!
Teaching is a tiring business, and if your child’s teacher is looking tired, then maybe some face care products could make an appreciated gift. Transformulas products promise “beauty without surgery”, and their Marine Miracle Creme could help tighten skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Having used this myself, I love the way it feels on my skin, and hopefully using this will mean I can at least start the next academic year looking younger than I how I finished this one!
If you fancy getting your hands on a bottle of this to give to a teacher, or maybe for yourself to use at the end of the summer holiday, then enter my giveaway (see details at the bottom of this post).
Another lovely indulgence for any teacher are scented candles. Yankee Candles are the most popular premium scented candles and come in a huge range of different scents and in different sizes. The “Flowers in the Sun” scent really does invoke beautiful summery fragrances, perfect for feeling like it is a sunny day, even if it is raining outside.
Few teachers can resist the lure of beautiful stationery. Most of them time, nice stationery that we own ends up being used for school, so if a teacher receives stationery as a gift, they feel more inclined to enjoy it themselves rather than for work. Notebooks and pens are always appreciated, but if you want to get something that is a little different, the Cam’pouch from The Camouflage Company could be just what you need. This is an ingenious product as it can be used as a pencil case and then as a pen tidy, during the school day. It can then double up as a make-up travel case and holder out of school time – making it a very versatile gift! The Botanical print is also absolutely gorgeous!
If you are still unsure, then you could let the teacher decide their own gift with the One4all gift card from The Post Office. It can be topped up from £10 to £400 and spent at over 22,00 retail outlets including Amazon, John Lewis, Argos and Currys amongst others. You can even personalise it with a photograph or a message to the teacher to say thank you.
Cards and Wrapping Paper
If you find the perfect gift, it is really important that it is accompanied by the perfect card. thortful have some brilliant cards designed especially for teachers. I love the fact that 50p is given to the artist behind the design so you can also help support emerging designers by purchasing a card from them. If you download the app, there is a brilliant handwriting feature with which you can make the card more personal.
Hopefully some very deserving teachers will be inundated with gifts at the end of the year, so to ensure that your child’s gift stands out, you can order some personalised wrapping paper from Dom and Geri. You can personalise it with the teachers name or child’s name, or add photos, and make the gift even more special. There are also matching cards and gift tags which can go with each of the different designs.
Do you have any other suggestions for gifts for teachers? Why not share them for your chance to win a bottle of the Transformulas Marine Miracle Creme see the details for how to enter using Gleam below. The competition closes at 11:59PM 31st July 2016 and is open to UK entrants only.
Disclaimer: Some of the products mentioned in this post were sent to me for review purposes, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own and I am happy to recommend them all to my readers