Teachers and Christmas

(46 Posts)
Frostyfoxy Sat 24-Nov-12 16:57:52

I know this has probably been done before but does anyone have any inspiration for Christmas presents for teachers?

Last year my ds decorated a mug for his 2 teachers but as he has ASD it was really hard to get him to decorate it in anyway that looked like anything nice! I just hoped that his teachers would appreciate something that was homemade (very homemade looking!) and not chocolate!

I have no inspiration this year though.....

olivo Sat 24-Nov-12 17:25:25

I love getting mugs of any sort! I appreciate anything that is given as a gift, but equally I love it when the children have taken the time to make or choose a card and have written it themselves.smile

last year, me and several mums and dads pooled funds together, and got the teacher a gift certificate where she could use at the local mall, and then made her a big card.

I get my children to write a thank you letter and tell the teacher the best thing they have done in the term. If Mums aren't clubbing together I sometimes do the uninspired gift voucher or a cookie mix jar, depending on budget and age of teacher. M

Frostyfoxy Sat 24-Nov-12 17:32:43

Good idea ilove but my ds goes to school by special needs taxi so I don't know many of the other mums as we don't meet at the school gate!

I'm wondering about a picture drawn by DS and put in a nice frame - they can always just use the frame for something else if they want to!!

ninah Sat 24-Nov-12 17:34:13

I'd love a picture! sounds a great idea

Funnylittleturkishdelight Sat 24-Nov-12 17:35:32


I would love bookmarks (need so many!) and these can be homemade quite easily and you can use magazines etc to make them- taking out the tricky arty creative part!

OddBoots Sat 24-Nov-12 17:36:31

The frame is nice, or a smaller picture in a keyring or coaster?

[[http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Make-your-own-Keyrings-Fridge-Magnets-Coasters-Blank-for-your-photos-/230754020973?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Celebrations_Occasions_ET&var=530045934789&hash=item35ba02ee6d ebay link] to first seller that came up, others may be better/cheaper.

stargirl1701 Sat 24-Nov-12 17:36:45

Teachers are not in teaching for presents. A lovely hand made card is perfect. I keep those grin

OddBoots Sat 24-Nov-12 17:36:50

try again...


Frostyfoxy Sat 24-Nov-12 17:37:06

Love the bookmarks idea!!

Now I have to choose!! grin

Frostyfoxy Sat 24-Nov-12 17:41:27

Oddboots we made keyrings and coasters for the taxi people last year. The pictures were a bit small for my DS to deal with though.

Stargirl - I understand that teachers aren't teaching for presents but my DS's teachers are really fabulous with him and his special needs. He loves school and I think that has a lot to do with them being as they are. I want to send something to show my appreciation hence not really wanting to go down the bought route and would rather show some thought. Trouble is my thoughts had got up and gone!! blush

LizzieVereker Sat 24-Nov-12 17:41:47

I'm a teacher, and the nicest things I've ever had are things that the children have made, but I appreciate not everyone has time to organise this. Also, things that the children have obviously chosen by themselves from a little bit of pocket money. I have a much loved display of plastic roses from Poundland and the like. My house looks "dreamy" around Christmas, but their excited faces when they hand their goodies over are grill.

EcoLady Sat 24-Nov-12 17:53:03

Cotton carrier bags from Clever Baggers thecleverbaggers.co.uk/bags/reusable-cotton-shopping-bags decorated with fabric pens/paints. Unique, personalised and very handy for carting books, marking and resources :-)

missmapp Sat 24-Nov-12 18:06:22

Just ordered from the bag site- fab idea- as a teacher I know how many of those bags I use and getting the dc's to decorate them for their teachers is a fab idea- thank you Ecolady

Bonbonchance Sat 24-Nov-12 18:09:41

I've had all sorts of things, wine always goes down well! I agree, the thought behind it is the best thing, a card a child has made and wrote a nice message/told parent what to write is lovely. I've got a big box of cards & pictures done by my classes over the years, it's lovely to look back on.

I really honestly appreciated everything, even the bizarre jewellry set one 11 year old gave me because it was clear she'd chosen it herself! Lovely things I still use include a gorgeous compact mirror, a little clock (that was an end of year gift but useful for the classroom), Christmas tree decorations, make up bag, silver keyring. I loved it when one mum got me a card as a thank you because it had a picture of something she knew I was into, I was touched she'd thought of me. But yeah, gift cards, mugs, flowers, wine, anything at all would go down well I'm sure.

Bonbonchance Sat 24-Nov-12 18:15:30

Love the bag site also! Great idea, I'm going to get some things to dd orate for presents!

Thanks for the bag idea, have pinned it lest I forget smile

loubielou31 Sat 24-Nov-12 18:23:00

EcoLady I think I might love you, that is a brilliant gift idea. Decorated with handprints done in fabric paint, even I my DDs could make that look nice.

Arithmeticulous Sat 24-Nov-12 18:25:50

The Literary Gift Company have some fab mugs: Scrabble (teacher's initial), Ladybird Read and Write, or Go Away I'm Marking. Also The Paperie do some lovely notebooks (or Paperchase) which would always be useful.

chimchar Sat 24-Nov-12 18:28:27

I saw a nice thing in Pinterest...it was a pot plant with a card saying 'thank you for helping me to grow'. You could get a nice poinsettia or something.

I think it's the thought that counts tbh....as a TA in a special school, I would love to receive ANY present that acknowledges my effort with pupils.

chimchar Sat 24-Nov-12 18:31:18

Or what about a lovely book that the teacher could read with the class....and put a label in the front from your ds.

My favourite is a pop up book about Alice in wonderland....


amck5700 Sat 24-Nov-12 18:35:18

.......so what do you do for male teachers? We have always gone down the beer route (a few fancy beers, not a 4 pack of Tenents grin) This will be my youngest's last year at primary and his teacher is really great - eldest had him for 2 years as well. Although he is a young trendy wee guy, he is a very committed teacher and puts loads of extra hours in to do nice things for and with the kids.

ProPerformer Sat 24-Nov-12 18:35:51

Ecolady the bags are such a great idea!! I've been fretting over what to get the girls at DS's nursery as we have hardly any money for presents, but these are PERFECT!! Our local pound shop has some fabric pens for decoration - Can now get things for all the girls for under £10 and I was thinking we'd have to either spend a fortune or just get them chocs to share. I know they don't need anything but they're so fab and DS loves them to bits.

ProPerformer Sat 24-Nov-12 18:37:53

amck We got DS's male Nursary assistant a funky notebook and pencils last year.

amck5700 Sat 24-Nov-12 18:46:24

thanks ProP - that's not a bad idea - maybe a Beano one or something would be good.

Son has just said that his teacher needs new Hair straighteners hmm as his are broken and he is having to share with his wife!!

spottymoo Sat 24-Nov-12 19:26:48

I did a lottery ticket in a nice card last year teacher loved it, it was the gift that carried on giving as he won £10 with it grin

cazza2878 Sat 24-Nov-12 19:49:20

For dd's teacher and ta, I have done mugs using the 50% off photobox code. I've put their names on it along with the group class photo saying "xx class 2012/13" will prob fill with some nice chocs too.

januaryjojo Sat 24-Nov-12 20:01:46

Teachers and TAs ..........

How would you feel about a tray of danish pastrys???

I was thinking about getting a tray for each of my DCs to take into school (from costco) on the Monday (they finish on the thurs), So they can be shared with everyone.

Yay or Nay?

januaryjojo Sat 24-Nov-12 20:02:05

Or mince pies...or muffins????

cantpooinpeace Sat 24-Nov-12 20:09:26

I always go with a paper chase pen & a tree decoration to remember tour child by smile.

chimchar Sat 24-Nov-12 20:12:40

Yes please to Costco pastries. One for teachers, one for tas. All the male Teachers i work with are greedy bastards! I wish I worked in your kids school

jennymac Sat 24-Nov-12 23:08:11

I think it is hard to go wrong with a bolttle of wine - even if the teacher doesn't drink wine it will still be handy if they have visitors over christmas.

Frostyfoxy Sat 24-Nov-12 23:17:12

Some fab ideas, thank you!! The lottery ticket reminded me of the "pot of gold" that someone on here talked about last year I think. You put a lottery ticket, some gold coins etc into a gold box/pot and put a message on it saying something like "here is a pot of gold for you" (obviously you word it a bit more eloquently than that!!)

CailinRua Sat 24-Nov-12 23:34:04

I'm a primary teacher and honestly we don't expect anything but are delighted with anything (well in my school anyway). However, since my own Ds has started school, I do understand the whole teacher present issuebetter as I am so keen to get my DS's wonderful teacher something small but special to show how much I value her.

I agree you can't go wrong with wine, especially around Christmas where it can be given to guests or passed on where not wanted. (not in my house though, where it would be lucky to last 1 night!!!). Any edibles are good! I also have loved getting christmas decorations, candles, mugs, handcreams, scarves etc. and I can tell you exactly which child bought each item (still using a mug bought by a child from 10 years ago and have a photo frame in my living room from a child from 12 years ago!).

BUT while we may appreciate and cherish our gifts from children,we do not notice or care if children do not buy gifts. We all know that Christmas is an expensive time and that lots of families are under pressure. And although it may be a real cliche, what I have appreciated the most is a heartfelt note of thanks/appreciation from parents in card or note or even a quick chat.

If anyone is interested I have bought my DS's amazing teacher an inexpensive (but lovely) scarf and a ceramic Christmas tree decoration. Classroom assistants are getting wine!

mammyemcbe Sat 24-Nov-12 23:43:56

I was thinking my dcs teachers the oxfam gifts, the ones were I pay for a piece of equipment and then get a card to give saying it was donated in their name. I usually made edible homemade gifts with the kids but I thought it would make a change. Not sure if its a good idea or a no-no.

chicaguapa Sat 24-Nov-12 23:57:39

I make Snowman Soup kits and get DC to make the labels by drawing a Christmassy picture and then I print the poem on the other side. DC love putting them together.

Frostyfoxy Sun 25-Nov-12 00:13:41

What is Snowman soup?!

Mspontipine Sun 25-Nov-12 00:58:00

Am about to google "snowman soup." hmm

Hope it's something nice this time...


80sMum Sun 25-Nov-12 01:06:10

Bear in mind that the teacher will probably receive upwards of 20 gifts from pupils, so I always think consumables are best. Get them something that they don't feel obliged to keep!

Marzipanface Sun 25-Nov-12 01:26:33

Blimey. I never knew you had to get Christmas gifts for your kids teacher! This is NOT something that we ever done when I was primary school.

chicaguapa Sun 25-Nov-12 08:23:07

Snowman soup is a kit to make a mug of hot chocolate, with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and a sugar cane for stirring. It has a lovely poem that goes with it.

There are different way of presenting it, but I do the cones and buy the bags off eBay. Google snowman soup and have a look at the images. I'm pretty sure I got the idea from MN so there should be plenty of info on here.

I've found they've always gone down well.

Anythingforabitofpeace Sun 25-Nov-12 08:32:03

I have got DS teacher and classroom assistant a lovely little note book that opens up and has nice post its on one side and a writing pad at the other. I also got them a little tea bag plate in the shape of a gingerbread house from harrods.

3bunnies Sun 25-Nov-12 08:37:24

At the end of year we took an old video box, took out the ancient video and chucked it, and took out the paper sleeve, then got some new paper the same size and the dc decorated them with dried flowers, stickers etc. We then filled them with useful teacher things - stickers, blu tack, drawing pins, hot chocolate, coffee sachets etc. Then they wrote a card, and said something they really liked about their teacher. We put it inside their box. The teachers were really enthusiastic about it. At Christmas we tend to give a homemade decoration and some truffles.

TellMeLater Sun 25-Nov-12 09:09:27

I always get them wine, would love to make them something home made but can't stand the thought of them throwing it away for hygiene reasons - my time and effort is too precious.

sparkle9 Sun 25-Nov-12 09:28:45

I am a teacher and I think it's lovely to get any sort of gift from children and their families. It is definitely the thought that counts. However I am against clutter so I don't keep many of the homemade keepsakes some people have mentioned. They are lovely to receive and I do appreciate them but it just wouldn't be practical to keep them all. My small house would be full. I do keep (and use) mugs and pens. And I do enjoy wine and chocolate. Other things I've loved include: nice hand cream, metal bookmark, woolly scarf, tree decoration (some handmade! These are lovely to get).

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