KC225 · 04/12/2019 14:53
5 quid per family (voluntary) went into the collection but that covered teacher, classroom assistant and PGCE student and box of biscuits from our class to the school office plus cards that all the children signed. Well worth it and a lot cheaper and easier than doing individual gifts.
WaterSheep · 05/12/2019 07:28
I buy a box of 50 pritt sticks for DS2's teacher every Christmas. Sounds mad but no school on earth ever has enough.
That's a dream gift Actual Pritt sticks!
As for the OP, no teacher will ever ask for a gift, they don't want them. A handmade card is more than enough if you feel you want to give something.
Stompythedinosaur · 05/12/2019 07:47
I send in a small box of chocs for teachers, TAs, club leaders as well as the dinner lady, the admin person and the cook. Just the tiny £1-2 boxes.
If they don't want them they are free to chuck them away or regift them. My dc want to give something and I want to thank them.
RedskyToNight · 05/12/2019 07:57
Hand made cards with personal notes.
I don't see the need to get a teacher a gift unless you feel they have gone over and above what is required. Teaching your child is, after all, their job. No one gives me a gift for doing my job.
(I admit this is slightly coloured by 20 years as a Brownie leader - a voluntary role - I hardly ever got Christmas gifts or even cards. No, I didn't expect them, but I just find it odd that people feel they want to reward people for doing their paid job, but don't think it's important for people who give up their own time and often money to run children's groups).
ElluesPichulobu · 05/12/2019 08:06
I get the teacher a bottle of decent champagne because my child is such a handful she bloody deserves it.
the point of a gift is that it is voluntary, made with no obligation because of the giver's desire to give. If you feel there is an obligation then or isn't a gift, it is payment in kind for services.
so don't worry about it and don't do gifts unless you genuinely want to.
lazylinguist · 05/12/2019 08:27
Buy a small gift if you really want to. No teachers expect gifts (I'm a teacher) and don't be guilted into it by the parents who act like it's compulsory. It really really isn't. When both my dc left primary I bought a nice gift for their teacher who had taken them right through the school. That's it. No Christmas presents etc.
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