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Be it Christmas or the end of the school year, that time is once more rapidly approaching. Once more it is time to deliberate whether you should buy the teacher a present. And if so, what do you buy? My gorgeous OH is a teacher, so with his help I’ve compiled these Teacher Gift Guide Ideas for Christmas or end of the school term or year.
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Teacher Gift Guide Ideas
Firstly, should you buy the teacher a present?
There should not be any obligation to do this. And it is not a competition. I know when I was a schoolchild it was not common for the teachers to receive presents from pupils. It seems to be a more recent phenomenon. So if you don’t wish or cannot afford to buy anything, then please do not feel obliged to do so. Nobody is keeping a list of who bought presents, and it certainly is never considered rude if a present is not bought.
Having said that, there are some presents that teachers love to receive. And others that are sadly not so welcomed. And it isn’t cost related, by any means.
So What Are The Best Teacher Gift Guide Ideas?
1. A Handmade Gift, Card or Picture.
These always make the perfect gift. Especially if it is something that was made in class that the child has made again at home as a present for the teacher.
Another great home made idea would be a hand written fact sheet or poster listing “All the things I have learnt this year with Mr/Mrs/Miss ….”
There are lots of things that can be easily made at home that make great presents. And at the end of the day, these gifts show so much thought and time spent. Far outweighing anything bought. Make things like
These gifts will be so well received!
Pens of any description are a great idea. A teacher always needs pens. And these do not have to be expensive.
Similarly, teachers always need notebooks, journals or diaries. And again, for a frugal option the pound store will always have a great selection. Or you could go for a personalised option.
These days, teachers use a lot of stickers, both as incentives and to mark books. Some lovely stickers would be a brilliant gift idea. Personalised ones again are a lovely option.
5. A Gift Card
These are perfect, as they can always be put towards something more expensive. The recipient can then get something that they need. A coffee shop card is also a perfect choice!
A single pair of character, cartoon or comedy socks is a brilliant choice if your teacher is that sort of a person. Think Iron Man, Darth Vader or Homer Simpson!
7. A Tie
For a male teacher, a tie is the perfect gift choice. He can wear it and the pupil will see it being worn. They needn’t be expensive. Just do steer away from the comedy or cartoon ties though. Whilst these are fine for socks, a teacher does have to have some decorum!
8. A Scarf, Pin or Brooch
Similarly, for a lady teacher, a scarf or pin badge may be a great idea.
9. Hand Cream, Lip Balm or Moisturizer.
Teachers are often out on playground duty at break times and at the start and end of the school day. They do suffer with chapped lips and hands as much as the rest of us, so a lovely and not so expensive idea would be a lip balm, hand cream or an organic moisturizer. There are so many great options out there.
10. A Bookmark
Maybe even include this with their favourite book, or notebook above. Why not try making these fabric bookmarks out of some funky fabric?
And What Gifts Should You Not Consider?
Whilst “Best Teacher” mugs and teddy bears are a lovely thought, they can rarely all be used or displayed. Sadly, we do have a few of these in our cupboards.
And chocolate gifts are lovely, but too many chocolates end up being given away.
At the end of the day, whatever gift you give your teacher, it will be greatly appreciated. But I do hope that this has given you some great teacher gift guide ideas.
What are you going to gift your teacher?
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