09 Jul PRESENTS FOR TEACHERS THAT THEY ACTUALLY WANT
This post was going to be a cute craft project to make something for your child’s teacher at the end of term, then I got thinking. They look after your snotty kid, along with 29 others and deal with grazed knees, attitude and squabbles all day long, not to mention Ofsted. At the end of the school year they deserve a massage, a stiff drink and a medal for endurance. I don’t think a cute craft project is going to cut it!
So, we asked teachers what they REALLY want and put together this helpful list…
BOOZE AND MORE BOOZE
“No chocolate, no mugs, no candles. Wine and more wine.”
“Gin, wine, flowers (in that order)!!”
“Wine… but also a nice homemade card.”
This seems to be a recurring theme! Teachers need a drink.
For something a little bit special, Sipsmith’s London Dry Gin is perfect, handmade in London by actual artisans with chemistry sets and everything; The Kracken Black Spiced Rum for a teacher who has been dealing with little pirates all year; or some truly fabulous British bubbly, Wiston Cuvee Brut, from The South Downs.
“I would like to say that as teachers we would like parents to donate to a charity, but what we really, really like is a voucher.”
“I’m not denying that homemade things are sweet and thoughtful, but let’s be honest, the best case scenario is that they’ll end up in the loft in a box marked Teacher Crap!! The years that I received vouchers I was truly grateful and know that some of my colleagues were very jealous as they struggled out of school with bags full of mugs, coasters and large pot plants.”
Vouchers are great, especially if you can join together with some other parents to make it special. For crafty teachers an Etsy voucher could be nice, then they can chose a lovely unique gift for themselves like this necklace by The Heiress Atelier or this great print for the classroom from Snug Studio.
“I like it when all the parents organise putting in for one present – a day spa voucher would be wonderful, that way I don’t get 74 boxes of chocolates and 60 mugs!”
“Hand cream, because we wash our hands so many times per day with shitty cheap soap that peels your skin. I had one mum give me a pot of herbs every year, that I loved. Worst present ever = the class photo printed onto a pillow (not mine thank god).”
If you’re in London, Return to Glory are a mobile beauty service that come to your home which makes getting pampered even easier. They offer one hour of pampering for £64. Or for something really special, get them a voucher for an Aromatherapy Associates massage, just the thing for some post-Ofsted pampering. Wahanda‘s gift cards are a good nationwide option because they deal with just about every spa and salon under the sun and do amazing deals, so teach will get even more than they bargained for (in a good way!).
“A nice homemade card or even a picture with words of appreciation/things that the student has learnt in my class.”
“Just a card saying how awesome I am. My favourite gift ever was when a student wrote ‘An ode to my teacher’. As I teach ‘big ones’, gifts of gratitude are few and far between.”
“It’s just nice to be appreciated. A few words of gratitude go a long way. And gin.”
Give them some love! My son’s teacher only ever sees me in short bursts before 8.50am as I kiss his cereal-smeared cheek then shout random important information at him as I sprint back to the car before I get a ticket. I know she has no idea that I think she’s an absolute angel so finally after a year, I’ll write it on a card. Like this one from Emily McDowell.