I used to be a teacher in my previous life so feel like I have the added advantage of knowing what they want and what they can’t stand. I am just going to put a couple of things out there. Yes your child is special to them I’m sure, but that doesn’t mean they want a photo frame with your child in it. I have seen this idea flying around mothers networks for a while. trust me – that is going straight to the bin. Also keep away from vouchers to YOUR favourite boutique store, its your taste not theirs. And unless you are giving them a really big sizeable voucher – make sure its not to expensive store. They don’t want to have to fork out the extra cash for something they don’t even really want. If you are going to get vouchers – think Westfield or Myers. There is something for everyone at places like that. Stay away from the generics candles and hand creams too..been there done that!
I always like to do a list of ten and this is no different. Here are some different ideas for you..
1. A nice potted plant.. You can even put something cute (cheesy) like “Thanks for helping me grow”.
2. If there is a nice coffee shop close to the school, chances are that your teacher goes there as her lifeline. Speak to the owner and see if you can put some credit in the till there for her. She will really appreciate it!
3. A fruit basket always goes down amazingly! And the cute/cheesy line can be “I picked the best teacher”.
4. What about a “Enjoy the summer” present – a beach towel that’s a bit different..This is also particularly great for a male teacher.. they are the hardest to buy for! http://www.chuchka.com.au/
5. Mani/pedi voucher, A great way to encourage relaxing. Those feet and hands have worked hard for your child.
6. T2 teas.. Something that most wouldn’t buy for themselves so would probably really appreciate as a gift.
7. Set up a group collection, teachers will be thrilled and it’s so easy for mums. www.grouptogether.com
8. Staff room presents – sometimes (particularly at day-cares) there are just too many teachers, casuals, cooks and supervisors to buy for so get them presents for the staff room. Maybe a new mug set, some pot plans, a tray of mangos.
9. For those that are a little crafty and don’t want to spend a fortune this is absolutely divine – A cookie in a Jar! https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/printables/gift-idea-christmas-cookies-in-a-jar/
10. Make a donation to https://www.developafrica.org/donate-or-collect-school-and-office-supplies or a similar kind of charity. Charities that collect school supplies for children in Africa. Your teachers will absolutely love this. There are so many charities like this. Beautiful lesson for your children at the same time too!
I think what is key to remember is that you don’t HAVE to get something, yes it is nice to say thank you but you could also bake some cookies and get your child to draw a picture or write a card along with it. At the end of the day teachers love being teachers, I have never come across one that doesn’t… They certainly are not hanging out for their end of year presents.