Are your kids counting down the days until school ends yet? Porkchop tells me there are only 2 weeks left until the end of term. TWO WEEKS! How did we end up here? I feel like the year only just started and we’re already up to class parties. Each year we get Porkchop’s teacher a present, to thank them for
putting up with him helping him to grow throughout the year. I know a lot of parents like to do this but the challenge can be finding something appropriate that the teacher would actually like to receive. To try and help, I’ve put together a list of budget-friendly gift ideas for teachers.
- A Plant – I know flowers are a more traditional sort of gift idea, but I think real plants are that little bit nicer, just because they last. Succulents can be a good choice because they are harder to kill. Or something like gerbera’s are a nice option because they’re so beautiful and bright. I’d avoid things like roses though, as they can be difficult to grow.
- A Handmade Christmas Ornament – I always sort of assumed teachers weren’t into these sort of presents because they get enough of them throughout the year. But a teacher friend recently told me that that’s not actually the case as most school work goes home to parents, and that personalised handmade gifts are a lovely way to look back at students from years gone by. Just make sure to include your child’s name and the year to help jog their memory.
- Movie Voucher – This is usually my go to gift idea for teachers. Most people enjoy the cinema and they can pick what they would like to see so it doesn’t matter that I don’t know a great deal about their interests outside of my son’s education. Easy and safe.
- Stationery – This is another gift I always thought might not really be appreciated but apparently not! Teachers go through large amounts of stationery (think pens, pencils, notebooks etc), so a gift of a lovely set at Christmas time will start them off right the next year.
- Smarties – If you’re on a super tight budget (or have just run out of time or the desire to head to the shops one more time) a packet of smarties with a cute label that reads, “Thank you for helping us become Smarties!” is a delightful gift. Who doesn’t love chocolate and a good pun?
Do you give your children’s teacher a Christmas present? If so, what are you gifting them this year?
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