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DD1 doing PGCE. I want to buy her a Christmas present

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Awks Mon 17-Nov-14 15:21:31

What would be good? - I've thought of a mug with Miss xxxxx on it or lots of reward stickers - am stumped now. Is there anything that would be useful in her placement or when she hopefully gets a job. She's doing Upper Primary.

All ideas welcome, ta.

BackforGood Mon 17-Nov-14 16:17:12

I wouldn't get her a mug, as it's a common present for pupils to get for their teacher and she'll end up with lots.

What about putting together a big pencil case with Pritt Stick, Sellotape, a good quality pair of scissors (left handed if need be), good quality pencil sharpener, a hole punch, some post-its, a stapler and some staples in it?
Always a nightmare to get any of them from schools, but really helpful to have around.

Another good gift (well, useful IME) is a book on assemblies (timeless, and you can use over and over), or poems, or songs if she is musical.

gleegeek Mon 17-Nov-14 16:22:42

Looking back to when I did my PGCE it was hell I would have really appreciated anything which added comfort to my life eg snuggly slippers, great music, make up/pampering type stuff, comfy pjs (spent a lot of time planning lessons in my pjs!) lots of chocolate/biscuits/treat of choice. HTH

sassytheFIRST Mon 17-Nov-14 16:28:14

A teacher's planner if she doesn't already have one.

A good coat for duties!

a stamper that says "Miss XXX thinks this is brilliant" (websites to get these made)

Starsaboveyou Mon 17-Nov-14 16:29:46

A really nice pen for marking with?

Reward stamps are good.

I like the mug idea for a primary teacher.

KittyandTeal Mon 17-Nov-14 16:34:29

Lots of lovely colourful pens for her to mark with. I love good quality pens in bright colours.

Expedititition Mon 17-Nov-14 16:37:20

A laminator

A guillotine/strimmer

Nice board pens

Post it's


Memory stick with huge memory

Expedititition Mon 17-Nov-14 16:39:21

Laminator and pouches



Post it's

Nice biros.

Nice A4 folders

Plastic wallets

Nice board pens.

makeitabetterplace Mon 17-Nov-14 16:47:32

A whistle with her name (miss x) engraved on it.

Stickers with 'miss x thinks you're a star' ( do loads of stuff you can personalise)

BackforGood Mon 17-Nov-14 17:00:40

Oh yes, definitely a whistle - can't believe I didn't think of that. grin

Of course, don't forget the chocolate. there are a LOT of times during your PGCE yr and NQT yr when you need chocolate wink

arrrghhhhwaiting Mon 17-Nov-14 18:30:56

Rather than a traditional mug, teachers seem to always use lidded thermos mugs these days

TheReluctantCountess Mon 17-Nov-14 18:32:28

A copy of The Lazy Teacher Handbook by Jim Smith. It is the most marvelous book.

MissMillament Mon 17-Nov-14 18:36:08

I would have loved
Laminator - A3 if possible for making resources at home
Insulated mug - most schools don't let you outside the staffroom with a normal mug these days
Reward stickers are great
Lanyard to hang keys and memory stick from so she doesn't lose them

superstarheartbreaker Mon 17-Nov-14 18:37:59

Tbh when I did mine I wanted wine, pampering stuff and/ or luxury pyjamas, jewellery. Definitely NOT stationary unless a lovely fountain pen.

HettyD Mon 17-Nov-14 18:40:00

Agree with all of these but I also really appreciated 'chicken soup for the soul' which has uplifting thoughtful anecdotes in it. What about a tear-a-day calendar of historical/geographical/scientific/funny facts??

Pointlessfan Mon 17-Nov-14 18:41:45

A book of starters and plenaries.
If you get a mug you could fill it with chocolates and get some good quality tea/coffee to drink in it.
Comfy but smart shoes, she'll be on her feet a lot.

Pointlessfan Mon 17-Nov-14 18:42:56

Or a spa treatment voucher to cash in when she's tired and stressed?

Awks Mon 17-Nov-14 18:45:00

These are absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much! This has made my life so much easier. I've got her the pampering stuff but wanted something teacher-y grin as am v proud of her.

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Mon 17-Nov-14 18:50:38

Yes to the laminator and stash of pouches - this was the most useful thing to have at home

Look at Avex Contigo vacuum mugs - they are the only ones you can confidently hurl into a bag and know it will not leak. (I got a 2 pack off ebay for £20)

And the one other thing is a really good sturdy leather bag, big enough to chuck folders into - I have been using the same one (a boden factory sale one) for the past 6 years and it's still going strong.

Pointlessfan Mon 17-Nov-14 18:51:48

I've just thought of another - what about a really nice bag eg satchel style or laptop bag for her to carry her planner/resources/laptop etc in?

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Mon 17-Nov-14 18:52:49

Oooh... and SHARPIES.
You can never, ever have enough Sharpies.
Especially when WHSmith do that offer when you can get 24 for £6.99.

Awks Mon 17-Nov-14 20:08:20

These are just brilliant! I've put a note in my phone for her birthday (next June) for the laminator and guillotine as she will hopefully have finished and be job hunting. Every single idea on this thread I'd buy if I had enough cash so tyvvm.

breward Mon 17-Nov-14 20:19:31

Frixion pens (Google them, they are a God send). Great as they write like an ink pen (available in red too) but they can be rubbed out. Brilliant if you make a mistake in a child's book, especially marking when tired!

toastedmarshmallow Mon 17-Nov-14 21:14:42

Electric pencil sharpener, I'd love one!

BackforGood Mon 17-Nov-14 21:33:15

I LEURVEd my electric pencil sharpener when I had one but suspect they might be a bit expensive. I was gutted when I left that school and had to leave it behind grin

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