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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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Bowerbird5 · 18/07/2018 08:23

Oops that was long sorry!

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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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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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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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jacsgirl · 09/09/2018 12:38

love a box of chocolates.

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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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kazsmyth101 · 06/12/2018 16:27

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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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