There’s no denying a hand written thank you letter or a card at the end of term from a pupil is high on the list of most loved teachers gifts.
It’s a topic which can cause quite a debate with some schools even writing to parents specifically asking for no end of year purchases to be made.
However as a parent I do typically buy my kids teachers an end of year gift. Summer is a sensitive child, I’m quite aware that her teachers don’t draw the line at her education but they invest in her nurture, give her time and patience to make her choices and find her voice in the room. They give me pre-warning of changes in the class which might upset her and all while catering for another 23 individual children. While I would love to be able to craft something more personal and hand made as a busy working mum I too fall at the end of term, wine in hand into the sofa.
These are a few ideas of end of terms gifts we have either given or made to say thank you at the end of the term. Please note these are simply recommendations, this is not a paid post or affiliated links.
Houseplants have a little bit more longevity than flowers and are likely to see the Summer holidays through. The Ceropegia more commonly known as String of Hearts is a lovely and versatile small houseplant which can be placed in a hanging basket or placed on the edge of a shelf.
This example is from http://www.bloomboxclub.com and currently retails at £16.
Artwork on a shopping tote
Funky pigeon can print an image onto a tote bag. Now, I’m not for one second suggesting you make your child’s teacher a bag with your cherubs face on it but a photograph of a drawing would make for a very cute shopping bag.
Personalised bags are available from £9.99 at funkypigeon.com
Reusable Water Bottle
Talking to a class of children for a full day is thirsty work. Proworks have a great range of reusable stainless steel water bottles with a huge selection of designs from cool pastels to funky prints.
Mellow Yellow Bee bottle available from http://www.proworksfitness.co.uk at £17.95
Positivi – TEA
The Summer holidays are an opportunity for teachers to unwind and recharge. O.M Tea have a range of handpicked blends curated with tastebuds and health in mind.
Rise and shine loose leaf tea available from http://www.o-m-tea.co.ukfor £5.99
Reusable Shopping Bag
There are a huge range of reusable shopping bags on the market but these string bags by Oliver Bonas are colourful, versatile and easily kept in a handbag.
Pastel blue shopping bag from Oliver Bonas for £7.50
Love the Skin you’re in
Lucky Cloud Skincare produce luxurious and lovingly handmade skincare products. The lavender infused ‘balancing’ range contains essential oils to brighten your mood and calm your senses. Eco – friendly, vegan and handmade in Edinburgh.
Mini nourishing skincare kit from http://www.luckycloudskincare.com for £25.00
Pin it with care
A thank you note and pin badge in one. This is a cute quirky little gift idea and is the perfect size for posting too.
Available from MadeByLauraJane on Etsy for £4.95
Essential Oil Candles
Nothing says unwind like a spa scent. You can recreate the spa scent with Flirty Wicks Unwind Candle or diffuser. Holly at Flirty Wick can also make personalised labels for teacher gifts and she has these glass jar candles on offer this month for £10.
Details of all candles can be found at http://www.flirtywick.co.uk Holly is available on social media channels where she will have the end of term deal for £10.00
These handmade clay earrings are a lovely way to mark the end of term. These apples for the teacher earrings are available along with many other custom and individual designs.
Available over on Instagram from AM handmade starting from £5.00
Never have teachers had to pay quite as much attention to their hands. Washing, sanitising, washing, sanitising, it’s taking it’s toll. Arran Sense of Scotland have luxurious hand creams infused with active plant ingredients to help hydration.
Arran sense of Scotland currently have 20% of your first order with the code NEWCUSTOMER20, 40ml individual hand cream shown £10.00
When art mixes with heart we end up with wonderful work like Charlie Mackesey’s book, The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse. A brilliantly illustrated collection of prints are captured in one picture book which encourages kindness and empathy.
The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse is currently available from A Great Read for £11.55 with free delivery.
Do it yourself
There are lots of great ideas for gifts that can involve the children making something themselves. Hobbycraft have an entire blog post dedicated to 25 Do it yourself teacher gift ideas for those who want to get creative.
Playground duty is no joke in the rain! Jolly Brolly have a range of handbag umbrellas, the perfect size for a handbag on a teachers desk drawer.
Leopard print handbag umbrella available from Jolly Brolly for £10.99
Cupboard keys, memory sticks, visuals, keep them all at hand with a custom made lanyard from MrsMacGregors Room
Please note these are first come first served and not available to preorder. From £10.00
A donation in lieu of a gift
Many charities have struggled with the impact of COVID. Another sector which have struggled due to closures are zoo’s. I have put a couple of links below for charitable donations, of course, you may also have a charity close to your heart.
Foodbank – Trussel Trust
Women’s Aid – Helping women and children build a future where violence is not tolerated.
Edinburgh Zoo – help us to feed our animals in June.
Personalised Jute Shopper
Tilly Anna have extended their range recently to include denim and printed shoppers. Teachers have a lot of resources and jotters to carry about making a large personalised shopper an excellent gift.
Large jute shoppers from £20 at Tilly Anna other sizes available.
Thanks a Latte
I’ve yet to meet a teacher who can actually fit the perfect cup of coffee into a school playtime. By the time the water cools, the bell has gone. Gift a voucher for a local coffee shop and they can enjoy a hot cup of coffee in peace.
I hope this blog post has been helpful and given you some inspiration. If you have any other suggestions please let me know and I will add them to my Gift Guide over on Instagram