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calling all teachers what gifts do you love?
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mam29 · 29/06/2013 08:41

I wnat to do something for dd1s teachers and support staff but not sure what?

Dds old school was very showy with huge collections like 300quid of shopping vouchers, flowers, chocs and wine.

Was horrible.

Last few few years made some pressies.

or brought something small inexpensive xmas was nice notebook and plant.

I dont want to go ott. So any tips /ideas?

Also would be odd to give token gift to head? dont want her to think im bribing her.

Just new school really do extra mile where as old school dident so most unlike me would rather get it sorted early thinking some sort craft project might look on pinterest.

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MartyBaron · 08/12/2018 02:18

At DD’s new school we are told that “teachers say they don’t want individual gifts” (ie gifts from each child). So we are expected to make a donation (£50 each) towards group vouchers for the class teacher.

I think it’s depressing that teachers would say this (the class sizes aren’t all that big so there’s no fear of getting thirty boxes of Matchmakers...)

And I find it weird that it’s the parents giving the gift not the child. It’s all very impersonal and transactional. But I don’t know what to do about it.

Her last school was worse in some ways - the teachers wanted cash instead of vouchers - but parents could at least choose if they participated or not, and how much for.

What do other teachers think about this - aibu?

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kazsmyth101 · 06/12/2018 16:27

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Jamieson90 · 10/09/2018 21:54

Please no homemade food or tatty teacher merchandise.

I would much prefer a personally written card from the child and perhaps a nice letter/email from the parent copied into the head.

I generally don't like recieving flowers as I'm not a flower person, I have nowhere to put them and also because I seem to have an uncanny knack for killing them which makes me feel guilty.

Wine and chocolate are not always the best options either as that is what most people seem to go for, and some teachers are picky about taste/brands etc or are trying to diet.

Vouchers are especially nice because you can get what you want with them, but really don't go to the trouble!

One year I had a parent who donated some children's books and games to the class for the following year which I thought was very thoughtful and was much appreciated.

Also please don't overlook the teaching assistants. Many of them move up with the class as they progress through the school, spends lots of time with your children and often know them better than the classroom teacher does!

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jacsgirl · 09/09/2018 12:38

love a box of chocolates.

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spinabifidamom · 07/09/2018 18:52

My dad is a private school English teacher. He always prefers gifts that are low cost and thoughtful. Students have given him thank you notes, plants from a garden centre, boxes of books and chocolates, gift cards, lovely letters of appreciation, nice bottles of wine and stationery. Sometimes he is handed a handwritten poem or story by that child.

One year a student kindly brought him a scrumptious homemade chocolate cake and muffins. Usually the parents do a box of cheap gifts at the end of the school year. Board games for the classroom are another option. Try Poundland they have a decent selection of gifts for teachers or visit your local garden centre. Look in charity shops for gifts too.

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WowLookAtYou · 24/07/2018 22:05

A lidded insulated cup for duties/ use in class, but not the generic black/silver ones just like all those in the staff room that have no matching lids.
Needs to stand out so it doesn't get muddled/stolen!

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PoptartPoptart · 21/07/2018 09:19

Not chocolates. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful but this year I received 14 boxes of chocolates.
I have no willpower and am trying to improve my diet so I end up giving them away or leaving them in the staff room (along with the other eleventy billion boxes already in there).
Flowers are lovely but again usually end up being given away as we tend to go on holiday at the start of the holidays.
Vouchers are always appreciated, Costa, Starbucks, Amazon etc. One year I got cinema vouchers which was lovely.
But, as many others have said, a heartfelt note or card from the children (and sometimes from parents too) is the best gift.

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Bowerbird5 · 18/07/2018 08:23

Oops that was long sorry!

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Bowerbird5 · 18/07/2018 08:22

NigellaCinema tickets etc is a lovely idea. I would love that.

Flowers are lovely but lots of teachers go away the next day. I know as I work in a school and I have received the flowers from other teachers so as not to waste them. So I would say check first. Plants for the garden are great I love getting them and remember the child every time they flower or I walk around the garden. Pretty trowel sets( L A have lovely ones in sale at present) are also useful for gardeners.
Please don't buy mugs. We get loads. I could supply a tea shop with the amount I have and being sentimental I can't re gift/ charity shop them.
Sandwich shop vouchers would be good for last week or next term.
I like wine gin but check that teacher is not teetotal ask another teacher as they will know😁

Small bags of treats are one of my favourites because thought has gone into it. I have received: two small bottles of wine( one red , one white because mum didn't know which I preferred😄), some savoury nibbles and some sweeties.
A mum with not much money gave me a paper. Cup with individual tea, coffee hot chocolate and some biscuits and a twix. I loved it! Lovely note too.
As gin is popular what about a small flavoured one and a tonic maybe a gin glass and twizzle stick for Headteacher or just the gin! A letter of thanks or a card. Ours go in the staff room for everyone to read if it is about all the staff.

For those rushed you could always buy a tin of lovely biscuits for the first few days back in September. We have two training days to get up to speed with dates, courses, new training and biscuits for coffee break would be very welcome. M&S biscuits are the most popular or a tin with packets of luxury biscuits inside. Shortbread is always welcome too.

I am amazed by some of the gifts in affluent areas. I think I would feel embarassed to receive anything that is over a fiver. Although I did receive a lovely bag last year with my name on and a message about how kind and lovely I was it is in my top ten presents over 25 years. It has been very useful. A local person makes them. The good bag company ones are great too as they are the right length for files so they get carried without moving about and you can get them personalised.

Hope this helps but as others have said the letters and cards are the best.

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slkk · 14/07/2018 14:57

Bag not back

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slkk · 14/07/2018 14:57

My son has loads of staff involved in his care. They usually get a summer holiday back with a magazine, little can of Pima, fan, sun
cream etc....

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slkk · 14/07/2018 14:55

I love mugs and scented candles as gifts :)

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sadeyedladyofthelowlands63 · 01/12/2017 19:56

Anything homemade by the child, including cards. Failing that, wine! Not mugs (most teachers will have dozens) and not toiletries (I am allergic to most of them so I always regift).

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snigger · 17/07/2013 13:46

I usually gift something as personal as possible to a max of £10 to each individual teacher, and twice that to the school secretary because she's a living goddess.

This year it was gardening gloves (TK Maxx, steal, ex-Laura Ashley, ponce alert) hand cream and organic soap to one, tartan tie (this teacher has a wee 'thing' going on with theme ties, according to DD2) and shortie to another, and a large lidded glass jar full of individually wrapped cakes, biscuits, and penny-tray lollies to the head.

If you think hard and shop in advance you can make up a really personal gift based on that year's feedback for not too much.

I always hope they see that DD, and by extension, I have listened and cared about them as much as they have.

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GW297 · 17/07/2013 12:23

Nigella - that's one of my favourite ideas. Another friend does that with popcorn and minstrels 'night out on us!'

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littlemrssleepy · 17/07/2013 12:11

We got these Bargain at £3.
And a homemade card.

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alispu · 17/07/2013 12:09

Hi - as a teacher a lovely card with a geniune message of thanks is really appreciated and something to be treasured or recycled appropriately (beautiful cards always go down well)

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MangoJuiceAddict · 17/07/2013 10:48

Every year I usually go for the fail safe option of flowers, a homemade 'thank you' card made by DD and a box of chocolates, maybe an M&S voucher if the teacher has been particularly helpful that year. Not particularly exciting or original but everybody likes flowers and chocolates. And my DD makes fantastic cards.

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NigellaEllaElla · 17/07/2013 10:34

I have bought DS1's teacher a gift voucher for 2 seats in the deluxe screen of the local cinema with popcorn and drinks. Thought it would be a nice treat during the holidays.

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MABS · 17/07/2013 10:28

always champagne, for his 3 teachers, head and matron. He broke up in late June and wrote personal notes to all of them too, albeit reluctantly!

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