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babyalan13 Fri 19-Jun-15 20:08:23

I've 4 teachers to buy to! Curious question. What would you appreciate!? Am thinking on a next gift card for each of them would that be OK? I think they probably get sick of the usual stuff they get!!

temporarilyjerry Fri 19-Jun-15 20:21:54

Next gift card would be lovely.

Actually, I love anything that doesn't have special teacher written on it.

Flowers, plant, mug, key ring, chocolates....

My youngest DC is in Year 7 so this is the first year in AGES that I don't have to think about presents for teachers.

momtothree Fri 19-Jun-15 20:27:45

A plant is great. Cutting even better.

MrsEvadneCake Fri 19-Jun-15 20:30:45

A card off the child, post it notes, nice pen. Something stationery based.

babyalan13 Fri 19-Jun-15 20:51:24

I no I've 4 teachers and 2 classroom assistants! Out a fortune! Think I'll go the gift card option. One is a man to so he's harder to buy to again!! But I suppose gift card is good

Purl1Knit1 Fri 19-Jun-15 21:16:48

My sister is a teacher. She would always appreciate anything, especially a handmade card or something like that, and wouldn't expect a gift, but ones she has seemed pleased with are: gift vouchers (very kind, means she can get herself something as a treat), anything like stationery that she can use for school, a little jar of homemade cookies. She'll generally use toiletries, as long as she doesn't get too many.

She already has plenty of mugs, keyrings, socks etc, so those tend to go straight to the charity shop (though she appreciates the thought).

Not keen on personalised gifts, especially those which feature the child's name, to be honest - with the best will in the world, if she has 25 kids in the class, that's a lot of framed button art to find space for.

I always think that the best question to ask when considering a gift option for a teacher is "If I received 25 of these in one day, would I find a use for them?".

whiteagle Fri 19-Jun-15 21:21:52

I always give a bottle of red wine or prosecco. My thinking being that everyone can find a use for it!

babyalan13 Fri 19-Jun-15 21:48:41

Exactly!! as much as I love the personalized stuff. Am sure teachers aren't keen. I always get them a personalized card!! From funky pigeon! I'll be putting their next gift card inside it!!

ppolly Fri 19-Jun-15 21:50:28

Anything edible. Do remember that tas will not necessarily expect anything at all. As a Ta myself I can completely understand when parents just get a present for the teacher, otherwise it can get expensive. I do like it when I get a handmade card. Teachers really like vouchers.

Flisspaps Fri 19-Jun-15 21:55:51

DH is a teacher.

Wine, chocolates or simply a card - if you really feel the need to buy anything at all.

Be careful with vouchers, they may need to be declared as a gift (as cash would) and possibly returned to you.

toomuchicecream Fri 19-Jun-15 23:17:58

The best present I could get, and which will be remembered for longest, is a card/letter/email saying exactly how I've helped a child and why the child/parents appreciate what I've done. When it's cc'd to the Head that's nice too....

Many years ago when I was newly qualified we were advised to keep a praise pack - a box file into which all personal cards and letters go. Not only can I look through it when I've had a bad day and remind myself why I do the job, letters etc look particularly good in my portfolio when applying for new positions smile smile smile

mrsmilesmatheson Sat 20-Jun-15 06:47:46

I've been given Costa vouchers in the past which has been great, £5 ones, just enough for a coffee and piece of cake on a child free day smile

Cards with a personal message, or post it notes, nice pens etc are great too.

toomuchicecream Sat 20-Jun-15 07:43:56

Oooh yes - a Costa voucher. I'd really like that smile

superram Sat 20-Jun-15 07:48:55

We would be grateful and appreciate anything. I wouldn't do flowers just incase they go straight on holiday ( my neighbours appreciated them at Easter though).

I would love some push fine liner pens in red and green please and some big post it's (a5) they are very expensive but lovely.

Mehitabel6 Sat 20-Jun-15 07:58:13

A home made card and message from the child- all completely their own work.

babyalan13 Sat 20-Jun-15 08:14:04

Thanks I usually write something nice in the card. I work for a children's center I always think sometimes its the card that makes the difference but I like to get them something to. But getting more expensive every year!

KittyandTeal Sat 20-Jun-15 08:22:04

The best present I ever got was a blank pop up style book which the child then wrote and drew in with all her favourite memories of the year I taught her.

I still have it 7 years later and get it out from time to time when I'm feeling down about my job. It reminds me I am good at it and I do love my job!

I also have a draw full of loom band bracelets that my year 5s made me as leaving presents.

babyalan13 Sat 20-Jun-15 08:55:17

I get the impression Inmy children's school the teachers don't like loom bands!! Lol

FabulousFudge Sat 20-Jun-15 09:07:24

A card with a nice message in it, as others have said, which they can keep and refer to from time to time. The sentiment and the fact that you've taken the time to do this will make it seem all worthwhile.

Coffee card or gift cards for Next, John Lewis etc are perfect.

How about a cinema voucher, plus popcorn and minstrels?

Mehitabel6 Sat 20-Jun-15 09:11:29

It doesn't have to cost much. One of my nicest was a shopping list shape notebook with wild flowers on the front.

Pipbin Sat 20-Jun-15 09:15:32

A card from the parent saying thank you. If you have really appreciated them a note to the head goes a long way.

partialderivative Sat 20-Jun-15 17:11:03

Secondary here.
I just got a lovely card from a student of mine just of to Uni. She also gave me a rubik's cube as I had shamefully admitted that I have no idea how to solve them (am a maths teacher)

It showed thought, appreciation and wit. I loved it.

Lizziewarmington Sat 20-Jun-15 17:25:02

Definitely the card is what counts- I still have the card I was sent by a parent of a very bright boy who had done really well academically but the card was all about the other stuff he'd learnt like: to be a better friend, to cook a meal, to play cricket etc. It's in my diary to remind me it's not just about the data whatever Ofsted say!

Iggi999 Sat 20-Jun-15 17:28:30

I bought presents at Christmas so was thinking a card in the summer.

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