Presents for teachers

(198 Posts)
6079SmithW Sun 03-Dec-17 20:45:24

I have two primary school age DDs and I am all out of ideas! Without help their teachers will end up with wine (AGAIN). AIBU to ask for your suggestions please?

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TheOriginalNNB Sun 03-Dec-17 20:46:42

What’s wrong with wine?


billybagpuss Sun 03-Dec-17 20:47:35

Christmas decoration for the tree. I have received a few over the years and treasure them all, it always brings a smile every year when they come out again, especially for students who have long grown up and moved on.

monkeysox Sun 03-Dec-17 20:48:37

Wine. Always wine 🍷

parrotonmyshoulder Sun 03-Dec-17 20:49:35

DD always chooses her own. Last year they got gemstones. Sometimes it’s been a bookmark, or some cute stationery. She seems to know what they’d like...or she thinks she does anyway.
No sure DS is going to have the same sort of insight. I may have to step in.

parrotonmyshoulder Sun 03-Dec-17 20:50:26

DD always chooses her own. Last year they got gemstones. Sometimes it’s been a bookmark, or some cute stationery. She seems to know what they’d like...or she thinks she does anyway.
No sure DS is going to have the same sort of insight. I may have to step in.

Ilikesweetpeas Sun 03-Dec-17 20:53:43

Wine is good! Teacher speakingsmilewine

fortyfourfeasts Sun 03-Dec-17 20:58:29

Wine. Stationery. Chocolate. Please don't feel you should though, a heartfelt note is genuinely worth more than any gift.

MumW Sun 03-Dec-17 21:05:05

We've always made a cake or some biscuits.

sanityisamyth Sun 03-Dec-17 21:08:49

Just painted 4 mugs at a pottery painting shop for my DS’ nursery teachers smile did the same last year for different teachers and they loved them!

juddyrockingcloggs Sun 03-Dec-17 21:10:37

My present would be the wages that my sons teacher gets each month!

Joking. Kind of!

We don't give presents to teachers, a card yes but not a present!

SaigonSaigon Sun 03-Dec-17 21:13:24

A decent bottle of fizz, like Prosecco, for my DS's teacher. I figure you can't go wrong. If they don't drink, it can be regifted. It's just easy

cowssheephens Sun 03-Dec-17 21:15:53

Wine sounds great to me.

WishingOnABar Sun 03-Dec-17 21:16:32

I used to put effort into personalised gifts but the truth is with so many kids giving the same thing they must be swamped with best teacher mugs and boxes of chocolates. I have given a small voucher for paperchase for the last two years and both times received a very grateful thank you from the teachers after, if you use a lot of stationery in your job its lovely to treat yourself to the ‘naice’ stuff!

Sloegin2 Sun 03-Dec-17 21:17:42

My son attends a specialist school: 5 teachers/TA’s in a class of 6 children.
I’ve wrotten a heartfelt card to them plus the head/deputy head and have bought some high quality home-made fudge (well, not home made, but home made by a crafty lady) and a gin bauble each to thank them for the love and care they show my son each day.

BringOnTheScience Sun 03-Dec-17 21:19:44

Former teacher here ...
Personalised post-its / note block

Or ...

Class set of Pritt sticks
Class set of coloured pencils

BringOnTheScience Sun 03-Dec-17 21:20:41

(Please .... no mugs. We have dozens.)

Macaroni46 Sun 03-Dec-17 21:25:35

Another vote for wine. From a long serving teacher

RavenWings Sun 03-Dec-17 21:33:07

Some suggestions: Card, biscuits for the staff room, cute post its/pens etc, class materials (books, fun science things), vouchers (coffee shops or books?), a charity donation to a charity that you know they support (aka do not get if you're unsure). It all depends on the person. I've gotten herb pots and cacti too, but the kids knew I liked cooking and I had a cactus in my classroom.

Nothing wrong with wine/ chocolates, they're standard presents and the thought is appreciated, but being honest - they are a bit forgettable. I don't think that really matters though, but personally I'd steer away from giving those.

I think my favourite present ever was the sponsored elephant from dswt, or a class butterfly hatching kit. Cards and letters are really the best by a mile, though. I have a box of them from over the years that I look through every now and then.

Not mugs, handcreams or anything homemade. I'm not into Christmas decorations made by the children or anything Best Teacher.

YouTheCat Sun 03-Dec-17 21:38:19


Kraggle Sun 03-Dec-17 21:41:44

I’ve got dds teacher and TA’s a beautiful notebook and personalised pen each. It’s her first Christmas asnonly started school in Sept so I hope they will be ok. Will also buy biscuits or chocolate tub for the staff room.

Maelstrop Sun 03-Dec-17 21:44:38

No present, but wine, homemade cake always welcome! I echo the heartfelt note-if appropriate and cc a similar email to the head, that's worth it's weight in gold, iyswim!

Glumglowworm Sun 03-Dec-17 21:52:26

My mum was a teacher, wine and chocolates and smellies were always appreciated. Not everyone likes random smellies though. But equally not everyone drinks. They’re all easy to regift if they’re unsuitable, and won’t clutter up the teachers house before being binned, they’ll be eaten/drunk/used by someone.

I get the occasional gift from Brownies and Guides, usually chocolates which are very much appreciated (but never expected!). I don’t really drink so would regift wine, but I’d still be very grateful to have received anything. As I said, it’s really not expected! A simple “thank you” from girls and parents is plenty!

FlouncyDoves Sun 03-Dec-17 22:15:31

Depends entirely on how much you want to spend. Wine is good, if they drink. If not then a £10 gift voucher for somewhere generic - Amazon/John Lewis - or other (shop bought) consumerables.

Chapman31 Sun 03-Dec-17 22:16:04

I have had almost 50 best teacher mugs and coasters in the last few years - DH counted them! Neither of us drink tea or coffee!
Scented candles, chocs etc go down nicely! Alcohol tends to get regifted! Also homemade cakes tend to get avoided (too many years watching children cook and touch things they shouldn’t without thinking!)

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