Are you stuck for what to give your child’s teacher or scout/guide leader or crèche teacher as a thank you present? (No, not another candle or mug!) We asked Mykidstime parents for their best recommendations – here are 10 Practical Gift Ideas for Teachers this Christmas. You’re welcome!
#1. Home baking
Give a really sweet last day’s coffee break by helping your child bake some scrumptious cup cakes or cookies. For that extra special touch how about adding the teacher’s name and a thank you, it won’t cost much but it will go down a treat!
We’ve got lots of festive ideas here:
- 15 Easy Christmas recipes
- Recipes for homemade food gifts
- Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes
- Christmas Bake Sale Ideas or 50 Bake Sale Ideas
#2. Home-made gifts
Most teachers are delighted to receive a home made card or drawing or something they have made themselves. Encourage your child to take their time to make it as special as they can and to write a thank you message to their teacher.
“I’m going to get my kids to make their creche teachers a card each & I will be making some homemade chocolate truffles & will pop a few in a little box for them as a gesture”
#3. Personalised Sweets & Treats
How about a selection of sweets or treats but with a personal message written on them? Like our cupcake suggestion above, why not set aside some time one afternoon after school to make some special treats and ice or decorate them with the teacher’s initials?
#4. Offer Your Time
Why not offer to come in and share your expertise or talent with the class for the next school term? Teachers are always appreciative when parents can use their skills to help educate their pupils. You don’t have to be an artist or a computer whizz. Offer to come in and sit with kids during their reading hour or help with maths or start a chess club.
(NB You do need to be garda-vetted so making this offer now will allow some time to arrange that and for the teacher to think through the schedule for the new term).
#5. A Plant
Unlike a bunch of flowers which will only last a few days at the most, a lavender plant or a flowering poinsettia are nice gifts that the teacher can continue to enjoy after school is out and maybe even plant out in their garden.
Or tuck some seeds and gardening gloves in a little trug for them for preparation for springtime.
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#6. Something book-ish
A well chosen selection of books for the class library will be much appreciated for next term. You don’t have to spend very much: a bundle of second-hand books tied up with a big bow is a thoughtful gift.
Or what about a book token for he or she to enjoy some non-classroom reading over the Christmas holidays.
#7. A Fruit Basket
Arrange for your local fruit and veg shop to make up a basket with a selection of fruit. Ask your child to draw a little card with some fruit on it and put a Happy Munching message on it.
“They make them up to the price you can afford and it’s also a healthy option!”
The ultimate high-tech but useful accessory, these gloves will allow teacher to use their smartphone outside (check with your child if they have a smartphone before you purchase!).
“Really cool and practical”
#9. Club Together For a Gift
It’s tricky to be able to find reasonable presents at a reasonable cost. So why not club together with a few other parents. With everyone putting a few euros in, you’ll have enough to buy a larger gift together.
“A few of us are putting in a fiver each and getting a voucher for the local shopping centre. She can choose what she wants to buy”
#10. Charity Gifts
At Christmas time, charity gifts can be popular, for example Oxfam / Trocaire / Unicef / World Vision Ireland gifts.
“The money I would have spent on a present for the teacher I used to buy gifts for the 2FM toy appeal”
Over to you! If you have any other suggestions, please share them in the comments below.