Christmas gift ideas for the teacher … not an apple or coffee mug in sight!

October 30, 2012

Bits and Pieces, Parenting


The end of the school year is almost upon us and that means it’s come time to start thinking about teacher gifts. It’s an obligatory custom in the primary school phase but not something commonly done in high school,  and, as a high school teacher, I’ve not been overly upset by this as 15 coffee cups, 10 candles and 3 sets of talc/soap/lotion gift packs would surely pose a  storage problem. In years past, I’ve been as guilty as any other time-poor parent who has sent my youngster to school on break-up day with a clumsily wrapped package containing the embarrassment of a facewasher and soap tied with raffia, or even less imaginative, a coffee cup stuffed with Roses chocolates. I’m sorry comrades. I really am. Shame.

This year my Middle Young Man finishes primary school and I figure I should take a bit more time and care with the teacher gift, if only to prove to myself that I can. That probably means not leaving it until the Wednesday night of the last week of school to even think about it and, as there is only so much coffee even a caffeine-addicted teacher can drink in any one day, a “World’s Number 1 Teacher” coffee mug is not on the following list of affordable suggestions.

So, here it goes … some ideas for sharing Christmas cheer with your favourite teacher in only a few weeks time! Yikes, how the year has flown!

1.       A little plant potted into a funky pot would be memorable either in the classroom or at the teacher’s home.

2.       Most teachers harbour a secret (or not so secret) stationery fetish and so a fancy notebook, pen or cute paper clips are adorable and useful! (avoid diaries or calendars though as teachers usually have a preference for a certain teachy-type of planner)

3.       A book (or bookstore voucher) promising a relaxing summer holiday read – try to pick something with wide appeal that’s not too specific

4.       A Siamese fighting fish – just because they really are handsome … and low maintenance

5.       A decorated jar packed full of homemade treats such as rumballs, slice etc … yummmm

6.       An i-Tunes card for cool apps or some grooves

7.       A gift voucher for a meal at a local restaurant – teachers hate cooking as much as the next person

8.       A gift certificate for a pedicure (probably best for a female teacher … sorry for stereotyping)

9.       A movie ticket voucher

10.    A bottle of wine (winner!) Most teachers truly need appreciate wine, trust me ;)

It’s Tuesday! So, again I’m linking up with Jess from Diary of a SAHM and IBOT!

Check it out, because she has much excitement going on!!

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10 Responses to “Christmas gift ideas for the teacher … not an apple or coffee mug in sight!”

  1. Mel @ Adventures of a Subversive Reader Says:

    The body washes I got for last Christmas have lasted me through until now – 10 months of cleanliness :) My favourites are the wine (really good champagne from the Grandmother of a difficult student), vouchers and anything to do with books. One leaving student gave me a notebook made from old recycled books – winner! Also, check if the teacher has a classroom library and would like new books for that.


    • Shari Says:

      Lucky you Mel to get a stash of body wash! I really do like the idea of adding the classroom library – that’s an awesome suggestion :)


  2. Kriscia Says:

    Hi Shari! Cool gift ideas. It really is worth having a good think about what to gift our kids’ teachers especially if they’re great at what they do. They’re like surrogate parents to our little ones after all.
    Mmm, looking over your list there, makes me wish I was your child’s teacher ;)


    • Shari Says:

      Thanks Kriscia, a few years back we had a fabulous teacher and I used to spoil her whenever I could with some MOTH grown flowers. I would have given her the moon that Christmas if I could have!


  3. Lyndal Says:

    these are some great suggestions – any teacher would be stoked to get any of these! great post x



    • Shari Says:

      Thanks Lyndal :) It’s hard sometimes to buy for people you don’t know personally so well, but I’d think there would be something in that list to please most teachers. x


  4. Grace Says:

    Thanks for these great suggestions! We were just thinking about what to get our day care carer this year…I think she’d love an iTunes voucher.
    And a bottle of wine definitely won’t go astray :) x


    • Shari Says:

      A bottle of wine NEVER goes astray – great visual – glass in hand, dancing around to iTunes playlist – perfect solution ;)


  5. jess Says:

    Oh good ideas! I want to be a bit more creative this year. I like the idea of the plants. Who doesn’t like a plant?


    • Shari Says:

      Thanks Jess! You really can never go wrong with a plant can you? (apart from Bonsai – bad Bonsai experience still haunts me!) x


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