I'm a teacher and tbh I don't like getting chocolates, candles, hand creams etc. I've been 'given' a goat for a child in Africa in conjunction with a lovely card and I loved it. Yes charities are personal but a box of Favourites or Ferrero Rochers is so *impersonal* and we have sooo much 'stuff'.
Regardless of the gift it really is the card/ message that I treasure - have your child write down one thing their teacher showed them or their favourite moment from the year or favourite thing about being in their class. 😘
Edit to add that I skimmed the OP and realise your kids are too young to write that stuff themselves.
Last edited by BettyW; 19-11-2015 at 20:08.
I've been a teacher for 15 years and have received some great and not so great gifts. Also don't want to be harsh, but the ornaments I've never been keen on (neither have my fellow teachers). Something relaxing is always lovely, like a movie voucher or voucher for a book store. Of course depends how much you're willing to spend. Maybe go halvies with another parent?
I'm a primary school teacher. Buy us WINE 😆😆😆😆🍷
But a charity gift is a beautiful thought!
But..... Wine...... Wine is the answer!!!!! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
I have done an Oxfam education kit before on behalf of the teachers that had my children and they all seemed to love it. One even cried she was so touched by it.
It is definitely something I'd do again.
I would not do a personalised Christmas ball. I just think they'd end up in the bin. My kids teachers are fantastic, but I doubt they love my kids enough to want their name on a christmas ornament.
I usually give a drink voucher to one of our local cafe's so they can grab a free coffee before school on the return to the school year.
I avoid perishable food items, and personalised trinkets.
I think it's really hard. I'm struggling to think of a gift for my daughter's teacher and I know she likes wine but she's pregnant.
Jeepers,reading through this has officially made me feel like utter crap knowing that the gifts I got for DS for his kinder teachers last year were probably unwanted, disliked and thrown out. What happened to appreciating the sentiment behind gift giving and appreciating that thought, in most cases a lot of it, went into choosing those gifts?
Last edited by Moxy; 20-11-2015 at 06:26.
Thats very dramatic. Have you really never considered that people have different tastes and likes to your own and they can appreciate the thought behind a gift without liking the gift? You can put as much thought as you like into a gift, but if someone doesn't drink wine, eat licorice, or want an ornament you have made what are they supposed to do? Choke down the licorice anyway? Seriously. I'm sure your kids kinder teachers absolutely loved the thought, and perhaps they loved the gift and perhaps they didn't. But giving gifts doesn't licence anyone to force the receiver to like it.
the op didn't ask what would a teacher appreciate, she asked what they would like. If I was a teacher I would prefer a gift that didn't remind me of my job, I would prefer a gift that I could enjoy in my downtime.
Last edited by Lilahh; 20-11-2015 at 06:43.
@Moxy I never throw my gifts away, especially the cards. One year, one of our 5 year olds thought all the teachers needed night lights, which obviously isn't something I *needed* or even necessarily *wanted*, but remains one of my favourite gifts ever. Don't stress - I think almost all of us appreciate the sentiment and effort and I for one never 'expect' to receive anything.
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