Teacher gifts

(36 Posts)
Nix01 Thu 17-Oct-13 08:59:29

Have I missed this post?

What are you planning for lovely, thoughtful gifts?

Ds1 has 2 teachers and ds2 has 3 or 4 teachers at his nursery.

Tommy Tue 22-Oct-13 18:29:04

well done Friskymare! I always buy a bottle of wine but I hate the idea that parents feel that "have" to buy a gift. I have been a teacher. I know I would have appreciated a thank you note. I did appreciate the odd bottle of wine grin but sometimes, you don't need 30 home-made coaster or candles.....
I was given 2 goldfish at the end of term once - the pupil had walked to school with them in a bowl hmm

FriskyMare Tue 22-Oct-13 18:23:05

Patilla, honestly, please don't worry about gifts for teachers, TA's etc. We get paid for doing our job, a heartfelt "thank you" card/note is what we really appreciate! After all, we all like a pat on the back for a job well done!

Jinsei Mon 21-Oct-13 09:52:17

Just marking my place for ideas later! wink

Nix01 Mon 21-Oct-13 09:48:00

I've now decided on a scarf and matching nail varnish, hope the teachers will like it.

ChipAndSpud Sun 20-Oct-13 22:25:41

Cool, I will have a nose in the shops and see what I can pick out! I'll get DS to make cards as well as he turns 2 over Xmas so he will be in the next room up after Xmas so it'll be a goodbye present as well as Xmas!

patilla don't feel obliged to. Where we are they do a class collection which we just opt out of - say we're doing our own thing. I'm sure the teachers would rather that your children have a nice Christmas than they get some candles and handcream. Send the dc in with some letters/cards and maybe some homemade biscuits.

Patilla Sun 20-Oct-13 22:11:08

Oh no - Christmas presents for teachers and ta's?

I didn't realise this was the done thing.

We are struggling to afford family presents but in an affluent area so people will do it if it's the "done thing".

Bother.

Nix01 Sun 20-Oct-13 21:53:47

I've seen some lovely colours of nail varnishes in decent brands, Essi, Revlon, Loreal etc, do you think making up small gift bags with nail polishes would go down well with teachers?

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sun 20-Oct-13 15:35:00

We usually do something homemade. Last year did a little handmade bag with a mini bottle of Baileys and some chocs. May do the same this year.

Year before we bought hot choc twirling sticks - big lump of choc on a stick to melt into milk. I reckon they would be easy to make.

Chocotrekkie Sun 20-Oct-13 15:26:30

I always bought for nursery - box of chocs (whatever one looks the best for the least money) and a card with some input from the child.

ChipAndSpud Sun 20-Oct-13 15:05:50

Can I ask, do people get Xmas presents for nursery staff as well as teachers? DS is coming up to 2 years old and started nursery in January. I am a bit clueless about these things!

CrotchStitch Sun 20-Oct-13 14:53:18

Right I've decided (thanks to friskymare!) that we will do a hamper of nice tea and coffee, some biscuits and some homemade brownies or similar. Small gift box with 4 homemade cupcakes in for each music teacher- many thanks all smile

StupidFlanders Sun 20-Oct-13 11:23:01

I bought some OPI red and (lime) green nail polish and some handmade glass ornaments.

Secondary school teacher here.....I got a box of £1 malteasers once. Nearly made me cry as they don't bother at that age and I was amazed they'd been so kind as to buy me something!

raisah Sun 20-Oct-13 10:24:28

I am doing a hamper for the staff too as my son has SN & has a lot of input from lots of people so the hamper is affordable.

For his bus driver & escort, I have bought 2 tins of the M&S four seasons biscuit tin. It's on half price at £5 a tin so I got 2 for 1.

MamaBear17 Sat 19-Oct-13 21:29:06

I love how much you love your kids teachers and ta's. Im a teacher and love anything homemade. I have kept every card ever given to me (been teaching almost 10years) and the thank yous do mean such a lot.

FriskyMare Sat 19-Oct-13 17:06:41

<chocolates are always good too> grin

FriskyMare Sat 19-Oct-13 17:05:56

As a TA in a lovely schoo,l I am always astounded at the generosity of the parents. We do, afterall, get paid to do our job!
For those who do wish to give a small "thank you" gift, you really can't go wrong with tea/coffee/biscuits for the staff room or, as I have seen suggested before, a book for the library.

Pogosticks Sat 19-Oct-13 10:56:23

Twinklytoes thank you for posting about War Horse - just bought tickets for DH, he will absolutely LOVE that!

twinklytoes Fri 18-Oct-13 22:27:49

DH is busy brewing elderberry and blackberry wines - these will be bottled and handed out to all.

DD1's teacher will also be getting a cinema ticket to see WarHorse in February - The National Theatre is live streaming the stage show into cinemas around the country on one night only. She's only getting something extra as DD1 is Yr6 and she's been with the same teacher since Yr1 and we all think she is very special.

HappyMummyOfOne Fri 18-Oct-13 18:01:25

No idea yet this year. Have done jewellery, scarves, nice bubble bath etc in the past. Dont tend to do wine as no idea which make or colour they like.

I am hoping google will come up with some inspiration as have quite a few school staff to buy for.

insanityscratching Fri 18-Oct-13 17:44:25

Dd1 in Secondary bought her art teacher a Christmassy tie. He loved it and wore it in the run up to Christmas every year but he had eccentric tastes. Does your child know anything about their teacher? Dd2 can always tell me what her teacher likes just by listening in class

jamtoast12 Fri 18-Oct-13 17:19:37

Most teachers i know openly admit you cant go wrong with wine! unless you know the teacher well I expect lots of gifts get 'passed on'. Mine will be getting asdas 3 wine for £10 between them (but then I'm not the most imaginative present buyer!)

bodiddly Fri 18-Oct-13 17:14:57

Any ideas for male teachers? Other than wine?

Dd will make a big drinks coaster or Xmas tree dec out of Hama beads. Have done for the last few years and teachers have always been pleased.

Then we always bake a huge plate (4 x normal quantity) of brownies for the staff room which doubles as a pressie from me as I'm a parent governor. I'm always aware that the teaching assistants and office staff can get forgotten as junior school level so like to do something for everyone.

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