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Christmas/ leaving pressie idea's for teachers wanted please.

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mummyloveslucy Wed 24-Nov-10 19:19:47

Hi, I know most of you don't agree with giving teachers pressies at the end of term etc, but my daughter's leaving at Christmas.
I usually buy some chocs or something anyway.
I thought about a really nice decoration to hang on her tree and a sented Christmas candle? Does that sound nice?
I'd like to get something that she'll remember Lucy giving her.

If you can think of anything else, please let me know. Have you seen anything and thought, that's nice etc. Thanks. smile

freerangeeggs Wed 24-Nov-10 19:57:53

I have a box that I keep all my special teaching stuff in. Most of it is letters/cards etc from the kids.

Maybe your daughter could make her a really lovely Christmas card with a thankyou message inside? I bet the teacher would keep it. I know I would.

The Christmas decoration sounds lovely too.

mummyloveslucy Wed 24-Nov-10 20:51:27

Thank you, good idea about making the card, perhaps with a photo inside. She'd enjoy doing that too. smile

Shamster Thu 25-Nov-10 17:31:46

I am a teacher and the nicest gift you can get is a home-made one. I keep all my homemade cards, going back years now and you always remember the children who gave them to you.

mummyloveslucy Thu 25-Nov-10 19:07:57

What about a hand painted mug then? Only not too sure Lucy could manage that on her own and if she had help, the teacher would know. wink

A hand made card sounds good though with some nice words. smile

camptownraces Tue 30-Nov-10 20:54:19

For safety's sake, candles were never used in our house when own kids were little - but chocs very definitely were (and flowers, and coffee, and mugs ...)

noblegiraffe Wed 01-Dec-10 18:11:00

A thank you note praising her teaching that she could use in her professional development file.

SuePurblybiltByElves Wed 01-Dec-10 18:12:32

I have an Emma Bridgwater "Thank you teacher" mug that I keep meaning to EBay. There may be more of those if that helps (though they're from the 90s I think)

snowangels1 Thu 02-Dec-10 10:03:02

ohh yes, hand made card with something thoughtful written I think would almost out-trump most gifts (maybe I'm a softie like that though!). Candles a bit hit or miss as to if she'd use it or not.

I'd say avoid wine (although many people would probably shock at me for that) but that's as I don't drink it and if ever I get a gift from a student it's usually wine confused which is a bit pointless! Also I've been given chocolates but I have a special diet so usually they arn't suitable for me (DH never complains at getting to eat them though!). I have had in the past a little toy teddy chef which I have by my desk at school all the time still now a few years on (I teach cooking) and also a fellow cooking teacher colluegue had an apron embroidered with her name on which she uses all the time in her lessons. Maybe there's something like that which she could use in class in the future and be reminded of your daughter? (the mug idea is good too btw)

onceamai Thu 02-Dec-10 11:28:22

Goodness snowangels - I've got a snow day today I'll see if I can pop out to the shops to hunt for a specially crafted gift for the children's teachers this year. Ours get wine or chocolates and IMO should be jolly grateful. DS's housemaster got a good bottle of malt last christmas and sent a very nice thank you card.

I'd go with noble giraffe and perhaps enclose a book token or a voucher.

snowangels1 Thu 02-Dec-10 12:26:03

Hmm onceamai maybe didn't mean that how it came out - don't get me wrong, I'm very grateful for anything and always appreciative/write to say thanks etc, I just feel a bit hmm at people spending their hard earned money picking something for me when I can't/don't use it IYKWIM. Seems like such a waste....

snowangels1 Thu 02-Dec-10 12:27:17

My intention was kind of more that just a card with nice words are just as nice and appreciated than buying chox etc and will be more treasured IMO.

WillowFae Sat 11-Dec-10 19:38:42

We broke up yesterday and I now have so many boxes of chocs and biscuits that I won't need to buy any for a year! No more!!!! (especially as I'm on a diet). I did get a lovely jar of home made 'Boxing Day Chutney' from one student which was really appreciated and so different.

I agree with the idea of a card or a note saying how grateful you are. These really mean a lot.

WillowFae Sat 11-Dec-10 19:41:39

Oh and I'm not ungrateful either. My form are wonderful and I really appreciate that they gave me gifts at all when they didn't have to. My husband and kids will also appreciate them :D

I just think that perhaps parents aren't aware of how much a written card or note can mean.

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