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What to get when there are lots of school staff to buy
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requiredusername · 07/12/2021 20:09

We have main teacher, a couple of TA's that spend time in the class and a couple of staff members that have been fab in after school club.

Ideally I'd like to spend the most on main teacher but what can I get him and also what can I get the others to acknowledge their efforts also

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Jayneisagirlsname · 08/12/2021 07:48

@HelloDulling

Teachers get paid much more that TAs, so I always bought a better gift for them.

Yep! I used to gently filter that message through to parents when I was a teacher. Now I'm a TA and any cards from children or notes from the parents are hugely appreciated!

Honestly, we really need to stop the present buying culture in schools. I used to feel so uncomfortable for the families I knew just couldn't afford anything. Especially if they got pestered for class collections.
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Mumdiva99 · 08/12/2021 07:48

I always get one box of chocolates or biscuits that can be shared during staff meetings or in the staff room. (I usually give them a few weeks before the end of term too....)

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Sunseed · 08/12/2021 07:48

Check with the school office to ask if they are having a staff Christmas party and make a contribution towards that?

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BirdyBirdyTweetTweet · 08/12/2021 07:49

@FortunesFave

Please don't get wine or any alcohol for people you don't know well.

There are many alcoholics out there and they don't need this. My brother is an alcoholic...hasn't drunk anything for 7 years but he doesn't need to be given it as a gift.

Is he a teacher ?
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MakkaPakkas · 08/12/2021 07:52

When I was a teacher I really appreciated every gift I was given but my favourite thing to get was a card with something nice written in it.
Some gift highlights include; a decoration for my tree, a packet of jammie Dodgers (I was a bit hungover that day & they really hit the spot), vouchers (when the class clubbed together), a mechanical pencil sharpener (what's not to love!), Lots of choc & wine, gin (I'm not keen, but gave it to someone who was), best teacher mug (show off in the staffroom), home knitted slippers (very sad I've lost them now), some unusual things from the pound shop (adorable as you could tell the kids had chosen these themselves), homemade treats (like samosas, that they knew I liked from class parties)

Honestly, it really is the thought that counts. Teaching can be so stressful and you can feel under appreciated. Teachers know people are on budgets and won't be annoyed with any gift.
My kids teachers this year are getting wine, a set of DND dice and a nice candle. Plus card.

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MummyInTheNecropolis · 08/12/2021 08:05

If you’ve got a club card, these hand cream sets are only £2.70 at the moment and they’re really nice.

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FearlessSwiftie · 08/12/2021 08:17

A box of chocolates sounds nice and you make handmade cards with your DC and add them as well. Alsoo agreed about checking if there is a 'no gifts' policy first.

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requiredusername · 08/12/2021 08:19

Gifts are allowed.

Can't do a class wide collection as I don't know all the parents.

I think I'll go with nice biscuits for TA's and after school staff with a card and I'll keep thinking about the teacher gift.

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fluffynotebook · 08/12/2021 17:31

Chocolate oranges x

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Christmas1988 · 08/12/2021 20:46

I’m planning on getting the staff at my sons preschool a Krispy cream delivery. My eldest sons school teachers will be receiving bamboo travel coffee mugs.

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Needsomezzzz · 08/12/2021 20:50

Mine make a tree decoration for their teacher and TA, can get the from Hobbycraft etc. And small box of chocs x

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Katjolo · 08/12/2021 21:18

Wine or coffee voucher

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dontputitinyourmouth · 08/12/2021 22:06

Last year I bought a Christmassy box and bought a selection of treats to put in it. Stuff like a couple of packs of the marshmallows teacakes from M&S, packets of biscuits that had individual packs inside-basically stuff that was wrapped individually so it was all covid safe. Then I put a fancy jar of coffee, a selection of tea bags and some vimto in and handed it at the office with a card signed from my children saying Thankyou to all the staff in school.

My eldest sons teacher made a point of catching me one afternoon to say Thankyou and that it was a well received gift.

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requiredusername · 08/12/2021 23:04

@Christmas1988

I’m planning on getting the staff at my sons preschool a Krispy cream delivery. My eldest sons school teachers will be receiving bamboo travel coffee mugs.

I like this idea
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Katshouldnotswim · 08/12/2021 23:10

Honestly we don’t need anything.

Let’s stop this ridiculous pattern of consumerism

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pastapestoparmesan · 09/12/2021 07:11

@Katshouldnotswim

Honestly we don’t need anything.

Let’s stop this ridiculous pattern of consumerism

100% this. At my school we have families who use food banks buying us presents. Which I then donate to the food bank… madness.
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HolidayTime2021 · 09/12/2021 07:46

@HelloDulling

Teachers get paid much more that TAs, so I always bought a better gift for them.

Not all do.
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requiredusername · 09/12/2021 07:59

I realise what you're saying but I can afford to and won't be spending loads and I really like to show my gratitude in this way.

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Rainartist · 09/12/2021 08:04

@dontputitinyourmouth

Last year I bought a Christmassy box and bought a selection of treats to put in it. Stuff like a couple of packs of the marshmallows teacakes from M&S, packets of biscuits that had individual packs inside-basically stuff that was wrapped individually so it was all covid safe. Then I put a fancy jar of coffee, a selection of tea bags and some vimto in and handed it at the office with a card signed from my children saying Thankyou to all the staff in school.

My eldest sons teacher made a point of catching me one afternoon to say Thankyou and that it was a well received gift.

Now that is a lovely idea, if you really want to give something, covers a range of tastes and just a little gift of appreciation, it's often the behind the scenes staff who miss out and are lower paid.

I don't for teachers/TAs but do bizarrely for after school clubs, cubs and music teachers when they went to them and just a share box of sweets/biscuits.
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