I know many teachers personally (my sister is one of them) and they don’t expect gifts at the end of the year, but the gesture is certainly appreciated, especially a heartfelt card or note. I appreciate the work teachers do with my kids, and each year the kids and I like to give a token gift. Last year we made bird wreath Christmas Tree decorations with a card written by the kids.
I asked the teachers in the Be A Fun Mum Facebook Community about the gifts they like best (you can through over 300 comments here). I’ve boiled it down here to the top 5 and other favourites.. What stood out to me was that it’s the personal gifts — personal notes and handmade cards — that mean the most to the majority of teachers.
TOP 5 Teachers Approved Gifts
1. Personalised handwritten card/letter/drawing
2. Christmas tree decoration
4. Stationery supplies: stickers, sharpies, stamps, sticky notes, storage boxes
5. Homemade food
Note: This was popular amongst teachers, however some teachers had homemade food items on the strongly PLEASE NO list too, so be aware of that. Perhaps include a small note saying the items were made in an hygienic environment.
- Wine/Champagne/Alcohol/Soft Drink
- Gourmet coffee/Tea
Here’s a fun idea on how to dress up soft drink or other beverages: Reindeer Bottles
- Personalised handwritten:
- Peppermint bark
- Rocky Road
- Choc balls
- Rum balls
- White Christmas
- Cookie mix in a jar (recipe here)
- Brandied fruit
- Homemade pesto in baking dish
- Christmas decoration (you can find a list of handmade decorations here: Handmade Christmas Tree Decorations)
- Fresh fruit basket
- Pot plant/plant seeds
- Pamper package jar with all the essentials for a mani/pedi
- Teacher survival kit
- Christmas wrapping paper + tape + fun poem on card (check out the tutorial here)
Since November you’ve been shopping,
barely sleeping, hardly stopping.
Now it’s late you’re in a scrape, out of paper, out of tape.
Hope this wrap helps save the day!
Have a Happy Holiday!
I made these graphics for free at Tagxedo
- Christmas tree decoration
- Stamp/stickers (for labelling resources)
- Pen (engraved)
- Funky necklace/bangle/earrings (e.g. purchased from markets or handmade)
- Pot plant/plant seeds
- Thermal coffee mug
- Whistle + ball (Coach/P.E. teacher)
- Scratchies/lottery tickets
- Stationery supplies – stickers, sharpies, stamps, sticky notes, storage boxes
STATIONERY SUPPLIES/PACK IDEAS
Below are some ideas on stationery packs to give to teachers.
Giving them can be as easy as tying pens, pencils, sharpies & highlighters up in ribbon.
Or place all the times in a gift box.
A set of mini drawers is a fun ideas too!
- Bottle shop
One of the parents can coorindate to collect funds to contribute to a group present.
- Movies/Gold Class
- Local restaurant/café
- Local artist
- Experience gifts (eg RedBalloon)
- Shopping centre gift card
- Photo canvas of the students
Books/toys for disadvantaged children & donations to children-based charities (below are some of the mentioned charities):
- Oxfam Unwrapped (www.unwrapped.oxfam.org.au)
- Tear Australia’s “Useful Gifts” (www.usefulgifts.org)
- The Pyjama Foundation (www.thepyjamafoundation.com)
- Variety (www.variety.org.au)
- World Vision (www.worldvision.com.au)
- Barnados Australia (www.barnardos.org.au)
- Save The Children Australia (www.savethechildren.org.au)
- Unicef (www.unicef.org.au)
- Starlight Children’s Foundation (http://www.starlight.org.au)
- Camp Quality (www.campquality.org.au)
PREFER NOT TO RECEIVE
- Lotions/hand cream
- Chocolates (boxes)
- Teacher appreciation gifts (they get so many of these!)
- Homemade food items (please be conscious that some teachers prefer not to consume homemade foodstuffs, particularly if made by the children)
There you go! A heaps of teacher approved gift ideas and tips!