It can be difficult to know what to get a teacher for a gift. Balancing the line between getting something appropriate and something that really shows your appreciation can be tricky. Teachers often appreciate something that is personal and heartfelt more than anything else, so some thought goes a long way. There are some great ideas out there for teachers, whether you are looking for something small or large. Here are some of the best gifts for teachers for the upcoming end of the school year.
What to get a teacher as a thank you gift
Handmade gifts for teachers
A handmade gift is a thoughtful way to show your appreciation for a teacher. It shows that you and your child took the time to create something personal, and it can be a memorable keepsake for the teacher. There are many different types of gifts that you can make, but even if you’re not feeling extra creative, a handmade card can be an excellent gesture.
Be sure to let the teacher know why you appreciated them during the school year. If they went the extra mile, then let them know!
If you’re feeling a little more creative, there are hundreds of ideas for any skill level. A homemade candle is a very thoughtful and useful gift and it’s not too difficult to make. Whatever you choose, make sure that it comes from the heart. A handmade gift is sure to be appreciated by any teacher.
Sweets and treats for teachers
Thanking your teachers is a great way to show your appreciation for all they do. One popular way to do this is to buy them their favourite sweets or chocolate. Even if you don’t know exactly what they like, this small gesture will let your teachers know how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication.
Sometimes the small things are enough to bring a smile to their face. Just remember to avoid common allergens such as nuts and you can’t go far wrong.
Wine for teachers
A bottle of wine is always a welcome gift, and it’s a great way to show your appreciation for a teacher. Whether it’s for a holiday, a birthday, or the end of the school year, a bottle of wine is a nice way to say “thank you” for all that a teacher does. And because teachers are always busy, it’s nice to be able to give them a gift that they can enjoy right away – no need to wait for the perfect occasion. Just pop the cork and relax!
If you don’t feel as though sweet treats will cut it, a bottle of wine is a great way to show your appreciation for a teacher who has gone above and beyond. A heartfelt thank you note paired with a bottle of wine is sure to be appreciated. So next time you’re looking for the perfect gift for a teacher, consider giving them something that they can really enjoy – a bottle of wine. It doesn’t have to cost the earth, but be sure to choose something nicer than the cheapest supermarket plonk!
Next year’s teacher planner
Being a teacher is a demanding profession that often requires long hours and careful planning. A good teacher planner is an invaluable tool, helping to keep track of lesson plans, assignments, and important dates. Why not save them a job and some money by buying them next year’s planner?
A well-made teacher planner can be a stylish and thoughtful gift and can even be personalised with the teacher’s name or favourite colours. With so many features and design options available, there’s sure to be a teacher planner that’s perfect for any educator. Whether you’re looking for a sleek and simple option or a more comprehensive system, a teacher planner makes an ideal gift for the end of the school year.
Alternative gift ideas for teachers
Teachers are some of the most important people in our lives. They shape our future by teaching us the skills we need to succeed. It’s important that we remember to give them the appreciation they deserve. If you’re looking for a way to show your teacher how much you appreciate them, but want something other than a bottle of wine or some sweets, consider giving them one of our top alternative gifts. Here are a few ideas:
- A personalised mug or water bottle. Teachers are always on the go, and a mug or water bottle with their name on it will help them stay hydrated throughout the day. They will think of you whenever they use it!
- A gift card to a coffee shop or restaurant. Treat your teacher to a cup of coffee or a nice meal out on you! It’s a fabulous gift that will really be appreciated.
- A potted plant. Flowers are great, but a plant is a long-lasting gift that will brighten up your teacher’s classroom, and it can serve as a reminder of your appreciation potentially for years to come. Choose an easy to maintain variety – teachers are busy people!
- Homemade cookies or cakes. Sometimes, the best gifts are the ones that come from the heart. Take some time to make your teacher some homemade baking and it will be appreciated far more than anything shop bought.
- Vouchers. This is a great option if you’re not sure what to get your teacher, and want them to be able to choose their own gift. Vouchers will always be appreciated.
It can be difficult to find the perfect gift for a teacher, especially since there are probably 30 other families giving them something at the same time. But using our advice, you won’t go far wrong. Have we missed anything? What are your best teacher gift ideas?
Olaf Surtees has been with Penstripe for ten years; what he doesn’t know about teacher planners, student planners, and lesson planners isn’t worth knowing! He’s in charge of creating our blog content, helping teachers and administrators with helpful hints and tips, as well as our socials — see the links below to find out more.