What parents really think about buying Christmas gifts for teachers

A survey of Mumsnet users has found that one in ten parents spend more that £25 on Christmas presents for teachers 


Not everyone thinks a festive treat for teachers is necessary though - nearly a fifth (18%) of survey respondents say they spend nothing at all on an annual gift. A further 4% think a teacher's salary is reward enough.

The majority of parents (65%) say they give presents because they like to show appreciation, and nearly eight out of ten (79%) say that their child enjoys giving their teacher a gift. But when it comes to guessing other parents' motivations, a cynical 45% believe that some enjoy the one-upmanship of buying the best present.  

See the full survey results below


For your child's TEACHER, do you generally...

Answer Options Yes: as a gift from us to them
Yes: via a class collection
No not at all/skipped
Buy a Christmas present? 45% 16% 39%
Give a homemade Christmas present? 18% 1% 81%
Give a homemade Christmas card? 43% 3% 55%

For your child's TEACHING ASSISTANT, do you generally...

Answer Options Yes: as a gift from us to them
Yes: via a class collection
No not at all
Buy a Christmas present? 41% 17% 42%
Give a homemade Christmas present? 17% 2% 81%
Give a home made Christmas card? 40% 3% 56%

For your child's HEADTEACHER, do you generally...

Answer Options Yes: as a gift from us to them
Yes: via a class collection
No not at all
Buy a Christmas present? 5% 2% 93%
Give a homemade Christmas present? 2% 1% 97%
Give a homemade Christmas card? 7% 1% 92%


In principle, do you agree that parents and children should give teachers presents or tokens of appreciation - whether bought or homemade?

Answer options Response percent
Yes 60%
No 22%
Don't know/skipped 17%

Which of the following statements comes closest to your view on giving presents or tokens of appreciation to school staff?

Answer Options
Response percent 
I give presents because I like to show appreciation for staff 65%
I give presents because I don't want to look mean, and everyone else seems to do it 8%
I give presents if they have gone above and beyond their job
15%
I don't give presents - they get paid, so why reward them further?
4%
I don't give presents because I tend to forget or not get around to it
1%
I don't give presents because I can't afford it
1%
Other/ Skipped
5%

Please tell us whether you agree or disagree with these statements:

Answer options Agree Disagree Don't know/skipped

Some parents enjoy the 'one-upmanship' of buying the best present

45% 29% 26%
I've felt pressured to contribute more than I'd budgeted for to a class collection 12% 76% 11%
My child feels pressurised to get the best present for his/her teacher 5% 86% 9%
My child enjoys giving a present to his/her teacher 79% 7% 14%
I'm always happy to to give a present 65% 26% 9%

How much, if anything, do you spend on school staff at Christmas in total? If it varies, please say what you spent last Christmas. If it's your first year at school, please estimate what you will spend.

Answer options Response percent
Nothing - I don't buy teacher presents because I can't afford to
3%
Nothing - I don't buy teachers presents because I don't think it's necessary 18%
Nothing - my child gives a homemade gift or card 11%
Up to £2.50 2%
Up to £5.00
9%
Up to £7.50
4%
Up to £10.00
21%
Up to £15.00
8%
Up to £20.00
12%
Up to £25.00
4%
£25.00 or more
9%


In principle, do you agree that parents and children should give teachers a Christmas present or token of appreciation - whether bought or homemade?

Answer options Response percentage
Yes 43%

No

38%
Don't know/skipped 20%

What do you give your child’s teacher at Christmas?

Answer options Response percent
A homemade gift made by my child
14%
A homemade gift made my me8%
Alcohol12%
Flowers
4%
Chocolates25%
Toiletries
7%
Stationery 
4%
Personalised stationery
1%
Vouchers7%
Books
1%
Cuddy toy0%
Home item eg. candle/vase4%
Item with "World's Best Teacher" on (or similar)
1%
Mug1%
I contribute to class collection
13%
Nothing/Skipped
24%
Other
9%

Do parents at your school club together to buy class gifts for the teacher at Christmas?

Answer options Response percent
Yes 23%
No 56%
Not sure/skipped 22% 


Survey of 1006 Mumsnet users with at least one child in primary school conducted 15 Sept - 9 Oct 2016.  The data was not weighted.
 


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