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End of Term Presents for Teachers

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fms Tue 02-Jul-02 10:05:48

Ds will be finishing his local playgroup next week, and has loved every minute of the last year there.

I'd like to give all the teachers/ helpers a present, but there are 8 of them in all.

Does anyone have any ideas? I don't want to spend more than, say £5 each, but am willing to hear of any ideas that include ds making something.... trouble is, not much time!


Fegs Tue 02-Jul-02 10:26:21

As a former junior teacher, I always found receiving gifts a little awkward and never liked the idea of parents spending a lot of money on them. Although it's a little dull, wine, chocolates and flowers usually went down well.
One of the best presents I ever had was a calendar made by a child - he'd made the picture on the top of a sheet of A4 card and a calendar had been stuck on the bottom. I was touched by the effort he'd put in. I have also been delighted to receive simple folders decorated by children in my charge.
Any use?

PamT Tue 02-Jul-02 10:26:58

How about buying some cheap photo frames and decorating them? You can usually slip the glass out to paint the frame, then stick dried flowers or sequins on. Inside the frame you could put a little note saying thank you with DS's signature. If you didn't go over the top with the stick ons they could look quite tasteful. Ikea do some really good plain frames - about £1 for 3 small ones, they also have some lovely postcards to put in the frames.

Alternatively you could buy some plain gift boxes (Ikea do these again), decorate the boxes and fill with sweets. I think the personal touch means so much more to the teachers than the size of the bouquet or box of chocolates. My SIL is a Non Teaching Assistant in a primary school and she came home with enough chocolate and flowers to start a market stall as well as pens, jewellery etc from the children in her class at christmas.

Another thought - decorate a candle. Artificial flowers in a little ring around the base and perhaps a ribbon tied around the candle or sequins stuck on. You can also buy some really nice, cheap candle & holder or bowl sets these days.

oxocube Tue 02-Jul-02 10:37:25

My kids recently painted a portrait of their teachers and I framed each in a simple and cheap clip frame. The teachers loved them and hung them in the hall at school. Only problem is that 8 teachers is a lot of work for your little one!

Fegs Tue 02-Jul-02 10:39:00

Thinking about it, the other 'gifts' I really appreciated were cards, decorated by the child with a message from them and/or their parent(s) inside. As I didn't have a lot of room at home, I have been able to keep these cards and messages for years.

susanmt Tue 02-Jul-02 16:59:43

As a teacher, I'd say dont bother with presents. A card, made by the child, is the best thing.

threeangels Tue 02-Jul-02 20:31:13

How about buying a plain white coffee mug for each and special paint (that wont run) to decorate. You can be creative with them.

threeangels Tue 02-Jul-02 20:33:26

Another thing might be making some type of magnet for the frig. Maybe a tiny picture frame magnet.

winnie1 Thu 04-Jul-02 15:14:03

Like others here i think a handmade card is the best thing but I would suggest that a book token (of any amount however small) would be a very good idea to give as a gift to show ones appreciation. I cannot imagine that any teacher would not have a use for it. Several gifts of tokens would be much more useful than ten boxes of chocolates and twelve bottles of bubble bath...

SueW Fri 05-Jul-02 14:46:54

Bottles of wine went down well this morning (not literally went down, IYSWIM )

DD had made a card for each of her teachers and she'd done an Art Attack PVA and toilet tissue job on a couple of dairylea cheese tubs, inside which she tucked a mini pack of Haribo sweets for each of them

bayleaf Fri 05-Jul-02 20:26:13

Yeah - as a teacher I'd say go for the wine everytime!!!!!

mint Mon 08-Jul-02 23:17:23

I bought some plain wood frames from ikea, my three old painted on the frames with glue and then sprinkled colourful sprinkles and. it only took an hour to make three frames for her teachers. Goodluck!

Mummysurfer Wed 02-Jul-03 17:36:04

Just thought I'd bring this up again.

Like the idea of 10 chickens from World Vision that I saw on another thread.

£17 for 10 chickens but it would be a collective gift from my ds & his 2 pals.

How do you think it would go down????

lilibet Wed 02-Jul-03 18:00:36

Sorry but I don't do it. Always feel guilty when I see other mums laden down with flowers/chocolates but they are paid an awful lot more than me with loads of hols and no worries about what to do with their children. I'm not saying its an easy job, it's not, but loads of jobs aren't easy and other people don't get gifts every year. In fact where I work we have a very strict no gifts policy - not that we get many, but everything has to be donated to a raffle which takes place once a year for children in need.

Mummysurfer Wed 02-Jul-03 18:21:19

We really WANT to do it. Not because it's expected or because everyone else does, but they are a really good team. They not only do a good job but do so with GREAT enthusiasm which is vitally important when working with 3/4 year olds. I know it's what they should be doing but not all early years practioners do it enthusiastically. They never seem to have an off day. They must do, we all do, but you it is never obvious to the parents and children. 10/10

cazzybabs Wed 02-Jul-03 18:25:23

WIne everytime!!!! (we finish on fri and I have been dropping hints to my children ;0) or what about just a box of chocolate/biscuits/fruit to go in the staffroom rather than individual presents.

mrschips Wed 02-Jul-03 18:26:04

Can I tell you all a secret?

Teachers have favourites! Yes and I am sorry to say I had some and they were the ones who looked smart did their homework tried hard were polite and always brought in notes/sponsor money on time...

They may have also chosen to bring me presents which I loved. However it didnt matter if they didnt. So, in conclusion , what you do all year long is vastly more importanat than an easily bought present at the end of the year.

BTW Home made presents may be really nice - But think - HOW MANY do you think they get of theses?!

I would go for choccies every time.

expatkat Wed 02-Jul-03 18:26:32

This may be a terrible idea, but I've bought for ds's (young) teachers a lip gloss each, in a neutral colour. I try to go for (1) things I'd like to have myself and (2) things which can be used, as opposed to things which are purely decorative and may not be to their taste. One thing that went over extremely well one year were some special olive oils I picked up during a trip to Spain for £5 each.

How lucky to have some teachers/former teachers on mumsnet to give us the lowdown .

codswallop Wed 02-Jul-03 18:28:49

I give them a tin of Quality Street towards the end of term to keep their sugar levels up.. I am a governor too and I have a vested interest in them being happy

miggy Wed 02-Jul-03 18:29:43

last term I gave kids teachers a DIY relaxation kit- bought cheap but nice mug,put a few quality street in the bottom, then a teabag, then a cellophane wrapped bath bomb, printed a label to tie on "run bath and add bomb,make cup of tea in mug, eat chocs and drink tea in bath". Cost about £3.50. kids can decorate labels
Otherwise what about a few big boxes chocs- they probably share them all out between themselves.
Sometimes all mums club together,put in £5 each and raise a decent amount for voucher eg beauty salon/theatre/next etc

codswallop Wed 02-Jul-03 18:31:00

Like the Mug thing...
Mugs are generally good because in the Public sector Mugs are a PRIZED ITEM..!

Slinky Wed 02-Jul-03 18:43:02

Thank you for this thread!

I have been pondering this week for end of term presents - but this year is more special because DS1 Reception teacher is emigrating (she also taught DD1) and we're all very fond of her. Her wonderful classroom assistant is retiring.

And...just found out that DD1s Year 2 teacher this year is taking early retirement, which is a shame as I am very impressed with her and was hoping DS1 would have her when he got to Year 2.

Anyway, keep the suggestions coming

Mummysurfer Wed 02-Jul-03 18:54:02

miggy, love the mug idea, could perhaps be adapted with mini bottle of wine, mini box of Pringles, bath bomb and little candle.

Mummysurfer Wed 02-Jul-03 18:56:18

What do you reckon to the chickens idea .. the silence is telling me you're not keen!
Just thought it may be appropriate as Nursery does a lot of charity fund raising and is linked to a Bosnian nursery.

codswallop Wed 02-Jul-03 19:27:33

In that case - yes...otherwise might you always be remembered as the chickens MUm?

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