Top Ten Presents To Give To Teachers…

When I was teaching, receiving presents from parents on the last day of the Autumn and Summer term would bring a strange mix of emotions. It felt slightly wrong to be given twenty plus presents just for doing my job, but boy was it exciting!

As we’re probably starting to think about what to give teachers as a gift for Christmas, I thought I’d compile my Top Ten teacher presents. This is based on personal experience as a teacher and parent, but also extensive research (well, I asked for opinions on Facebook…)

So here we go…

1.Thank You Fingerprint Tree

This has to be my favourite idea. I’m a soppy soul, so would have LOVED to have received this as a gift.

Isn’t it lovely. Now, I know it would be tricky to get the whole class to add fingerprints, but even one child adding the fingerprints would be special. If the whole class adds a fingerprint, the names can be written by each one. This beautiful example is by Cara over at Freckles Family, who provides full instructions to creating this work of art. The tree template is available here.

2. Personal Poem/ Picture

Gifts do not need to be expensive. A poem written about the teacher, or a drawn picture, maybe of the child and teacher together, would make a lovely sentimental gift. Add a frame from the 99p shop and viola!

3. A book

One of the best presents I ever got was a book called ‘Five People You Meet In Heaven’. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but what meant the world to me was the lovely message in the front. I’ve given ‘Please Mrs Butler’, a book of funny school poems as a gift before.

It’s the message that makes the difference though…

4. Magazine and Wine

A copy of Cosmo, or another magazine, wrapped around a bottle of wine secured with ribbon…perfect.

5. Notebook

Teachers are forever writing notes, so a notebook is a nice, practical gift. To make it more personal, if your child can decopatch it, or design a nice cover for it, even better!

6. Pampering in a Jar

I found this lovely idea over at Living Practically. Simply fill a jar with some miniature pampering goodies and maybe some fluffy socks and you have the perfect pampering kit.

7. Christmas Tree Ornament

Obviously one just for Christmas time! A beautiful decoration that can be used each year is a welcome little gift.

8. Homemade Cookies/ Brownies/ Sweets

Who can resist home-made baked goodies?! To make them even more special, these could be presented in a pretty box or cellophane bag tied with ribbon.

9. Personalized Mug

Mugs always come in handy, but to add that personal touch, you could buy a kit which enables you to add your child’s hand print or drawing. These needn’t be expensive. Alternatively, pottery places can provide all the materials and ‘fire’ it for you. Of course, this is a bit more expensive. Tiles or small items decorated with a message or picture can work out a cheaper alternative if you wish to go down the pottery line.

10. Clubbing Together

If someone is happy to organize it, a group present can be very much appreciated. Gift vouchers for a local shop, beauty salon or ‘experience’ days will always go down well. When I went on maternity leave with my first, the parents presented me with a beautiful Mother and Baby ornament which I still have on my dressing table twelve years later.

Whilst researching, it became apparent that there are a few gifts that are not quite so popular amongst teachers, with magnets, teddy bears and Ferrero Rocher coming out as top gift disappointments.

Above all though, a little card or note from you, thanking the teacher and recognizing something your child has obviously improved in or enjoyed, will mean more than any gift.

Unless, of course, it’s diamonds…

If you have any brilliant ideas for teacher gifts, do feel free to add them in the comments so we create the Ultimate Teacher Present List!

Images courtesy of Cara from Freckles Family, Jessie from Living Practically and

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11 Responses to Top Ten Presents To Give To Teachers…

  1. Sarah Miles says:

    I’m a teacher and I am always very grateful for gifts. It isn’t neessary, but in a profession where your professionalism and integrity is increasingly questioned by the obviously highly trained parents, a gesture of appreciation is warmly received.

    So, wine it is then.

    Actually, the most thoughtful present I had was an engraved frame saying thank you from the child(the parent). One of the nicest – a tin of Biscuiteers biscuits. Yum.

    I always think a teachers’ present is akin to what you get from your Grandma. Some odd, some ‘recycled’, some straight from poundland and some beyond expectation.

    Sarah x

  2. Louise says:

    Good list. I was a secondary teacher so a lot less pressies, but a bottle of wine/something personal from the kids always went down well. If they made me a card, I have kept it in a box. You really don’t need to spend a fortune to make people happy.

  3. These are awesome ideas I’m rubbish at thinking up special presents at this time of year when there is so much to do anyway…and then feel guilty. Not a good combo!! That’s the worst of both worlds! I especially love the tree idea….am thinking of getting my act together this year!


    PS So excited about Sunday now!!

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  5. The Rambling Pages says:

    I love the tree idea as well but not sure it could be coordinated with the class as not all parent would take part or be interested sadly :( It can get expensive though, as one of my boys has 2 teachers doing a job share, and the class room assistant and at the moment a student teacher until Christmas so that’s 4 presents for just one class. My other son is special needs so I always include the person who gives him support as well and the SENCO. One year we made mugs, used china paints, we mixed it brown painted a had and printed it upside down on the cup, so the fingers were pointing down. On the thumb which was sticking out, we added a red nose and some eyes and ears, painted the finger tips in black for hooves and added a tail and you have a handprint reindeer. Other years we have framed their drawn pictures or made cakes/biscuits. I am heading towards the biscuit route this year :)

  6. Mummy Barrow says:

    I love these ideas!

    I have to do a few presents, four for my son’s school and one at my daughter’s. My son is at boarding school so we buy for matron, house master, tutor and his favourite teacher. Last year I did £10 Costa cards so they could have a coffee and a muffin on us. This year we are doing Gower Cottage Brownies.

    My best friend is a teacher in a very posh prep school. he got a Mont Blanc pen worth £300 from one parent last year!!! Madness.

  7. Sandee says:

    I have read ’5 people you meet in heaven’ it’s a masterpiece! :)

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