My Top 5 Ideas For Teachers Thank You Gifts
It's that time of year again where you get to say a personal thank you to the people who have spent a large amount of time teaching and encouraging your children to be the best they can be. I personally enjoy doing this because in my opinion teachers do a great job, one that they are often unappreciated for, and I like being able to show that I am grateful for their efforts.
I've come up with 5 gift ideas for the teachers in your children's lives:
I know teachers get lots of chocolate gifts at the end of the year but I think that's just because they are a great way to say thank you. These gorgeous Lily O'Brien's chocolates are the perfect example - they taste delicious, look fantastic (and expensive, even though they really aren't) and come in a variety of sizes suitable for all budgets.
I asked N if she would be happy to give any of these boxes to her teachers (she has two teachers and a classroom assistant) and her rapidly nodding head told me everything I needed to know!
The Ultimate Chocolate Collection (£6.00) and Petit Desserts Collection (£7.00) both come already gift wrapped which is perfect for us busy mums and N thought they would be good for her teachers because "they have lots of yummy flavours in them and they look really fancy".
For classroom assistants or other members of staff we think the Tasting Collection (£1.50) is a brilliant choice. Just pop one in a little gift bag and you have an inexpensive but luxurious gift! You could even add one of these to another little gift to give to your child's teacher.
Obviously we had to try some of these chocolates for ourselves (it's a tough job but someone has to do it) and we were thoroughly impressed by the smoothness of the chocolate. The fillings oozed quality and tasted amazing, what more could you ask for!
Lily O'Brien's chocolate collections are available in selected UK supermarkets including Tesco, Waitrose, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's.
Staying on the subject of food, you may remember I reviewed a BakerDays Letterbox Cake a while back. Well I think one of these little personalised cakes would make a fab present for a teacher!
Back when we tried the cake it was Father's Day so we chose a Father's Day design but BakerDays have a wide range of designs to choose from including 'Thank You Teacher' cakes which would be perfect for this occasion. The best part is that the letterbox cakes are sent in a little tin (and includes a small card, candles, balloons and a blower) so your child's teacher would have something to keep afterwards!
The cake itself was lovely and moist and tasted wonderful, it would be something a little bit different to the usual cupcake presents that I know teachers often get.
BakerDays Letterbox cakes cost £14.99, you could simply have one (or more if you're feeling really generous) posted to yourself and then perhaps pop all the items in a gift bag/box for presenting to the teacher.
For me this seems like an obvious choice seeing as teachers do a lot of writing, marking and lesson planning. Being a bit crazy about stationery myself, I think it makes a great gift and in the past I have brought T and N's teachers cute little notepads and pens.
The lovely ideas below are from Paperchase but there are so many shops that sell gorgeous stationery - The Works, WHSmith, Staples, Ryman and the list goes on! The bigger supermarkets even have a good range of stationery which I always enjoy browsing.
This idea is also good if your child has a male teacher, you just choose one of the manly options.
All you have to do is put them in a pretty (or manly) gift bag and you've got a lovely gift that I'm sure any teacher or teaching assistant would love!
Alongside chocolates, alcohol is another popular gift option for teachers. I would imagine that looking after so many children can be quite stressful so I'm sure as the last days of the school year come along, teachers and teaching assistants will be in need of a calming drink. No, I'm not talking about fruit juice or water, I mean a proper drink that will ease their nerves so they can begin their summer holidays in a relaxing manner.
The good thing about this option is that you can go pretty much anywhere to buy a bottle of wine and the price range varies so much it will always be suitable for any budget. Just add a pretty bottle bag/bow and your gift is ready to give!
However, if you're looking for more than just a bottle of wine I've found these great ideas from Getting Personal:
5. NOVELTY ITEMS
These are the kinds of gifts you see all over the place at this time of year - card shops, supermarkets and even corner shops sell an assortment of mugs and ornaments for your child's teacher at a range of prices.
I always try to get something that the teacher might actually use like these great little gifts from Not On The High Street:
I'm sure you know what I'm going to say next - pop them in a gift bag (I'm a big fan of gift bags as you can probably tell) and you're good to go!
I received the Lily O'Brien's chocolates for review purposes. I am always honest in my reviews and all opinions are my own or that of my family.