Teachers have an incredibly responsible job. They nurture and teach your child for over 5 hours each day. As a parent you know there are days when your little cherubs can cause you incredible stress. All our children are loved, but part of being a parent is to deal with situations as they arise. Imagine being a teacher and having to deal with up to 30 different personalities each day. For this reason, a small thank you gift would show a good teacher how much they are appreciated.
After a harrowing year, many teachers would appreciate a small pamper pack. You can put this together yourself or purchase one already made up. Add items like bath gel, body butter and hand cream.
Journals & bookmarks
Teachers have so many notes to keep about curriculums, parent interviews, excursions and the list goes on and on. Many use high tech gadgets to keep them organised but many teachers still like journals to write things down. Your child could easily make some coloured bookmarks to present to the teacher. All you need are coloured paperclips and a decoratively shaped button; try a flower, lollipop or character button. Place the button onto the paperclip and you have a lovely bookmark.
Homemade cooking is an absolute treat. Bake a batch of biscuits or Christmas treats, wrap in cellophane and present to the teacher on break up day. Teachers will definitely enjoy this little indulgence.
A survival box for next year
Cover a small box or container with cloth or paper. Fill with assorted items like pencils, erasers, notepaper, stickers, bandaids, elastic bands, etc and your teacher will be ready to start the new term after the holidays.
You can make up a food hamper of delicacies you know the teacher enjoys. Choose crackers, long life sundried tomatoes and olives, chocolates, shortbread and lollies.
A vase of flowers
Using an old glass jar, choose coloured pencils that are a little bit higher than the jar. Glue the pencils around the jar, with the tip pointing upwards. Tie with several strands of ribbon & place a bunch of flowers in the jar. This is a school themed gift that the teacher will be sure to love.
Teachers always seem to be juggling an enormous amount of paperwork or books. Personalised gifts can be made of cloth tote bags which can be adorned with photos the teacher might like or purchase one from the local craft market. This is a handy accessory that the teacher can use both in and out of school.
You can adorn teacher appreciation gifts with homemade tags using your printer. Slogans such as ‘you are appreciated’, ‘teacher’s treats’, ‘thank you for being a class act’ and ‘Ms Teacher You Rock!’, are just some examples. Cut out into shapes to fit the gift you are giving them and let your child decorate the edges with patterned scissors or markers. Just remember, teachers can only use a finite amount of soap, chocolates and mugs. Give them something useful and memories of their teaching year will stay with them for years to come.