It’s coming up to that time of year again……Christmas and the end of the school year. Are you unsure what to get your children’s teacher for a special thank you? What do teachers really like as end of year presents? Most people like to give a little something to their children’s teacher to say thank you. Some think teachers shouldn’t get a present as they get paid to teach your child. But teaching is more than the money just like parenting is more than a baby to cuddle. I do love chocolate but after getting 8 kilograms one year it took me till Easter to eat it and plus I really don’t need the extra calories.
This got me thinking about what do teachers love at the end of the year. I know most primary school teacher aren’t keen on getting chocolate. I always love a bottle of wine or soap, soap doesn’t make me fat LOL. So I asked our amazing Teachers of Western Australia – “What are your favourite end of year gifts?” Here’s what they said.
What do teachers really like as end of year presents?
HANDMADE CARDS – All the teachers said they appreciate the acknowledgement of having cared and taught your children and having known them. They loved hand written cards from parents and loved hand made cards from students. Teachers have kept the beautiful hand made cards from the beginning of their teaching career. I know I do. This and the Christmas ornament was the most popular answer.
CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS – Christmas ornaments from children with their names on it. There are teachers Christmas trees filled with ornaments of students gone by and each year they are pulled out and hung with love.
PERSONALISED ITEMS – A mug, Christmas ornament, artwork in frames, stickers, stamps, etc
STUDENT MADE BOOKS – this came up again and again. Teachers love books made by their students.
VOUCHERS – a coffee voucher, bookshop voucher or any voucher are always a winner.
STICKERS OR STAMPS – I loved this one stickers or stamps are great and very useful.
STATIONARY – Teachers love stationary. I think this is why half of us became teachers so we can buy stationary.
WHOLE CLASS PUTS IN – If you have a parent rep this can be done. I know some parents who are organised get the class to put in and buy a massage, gold class tickets or vouchers. This has never happened to me but OMG when it does happen it’s incredible.
DON’T forget the secondary teachers. I loved what one secondary teacher wrote. How gorgeous is this –
“I teach secondary, so gifts aren’t something that are the “norm” for us (well, not in my experience anyway). The nicest gift I’ve gotten has actually been a selection of random things that were reflective of what we’d learned over the term and each had a little note about why. They gave me a jar of Vegemite that was personalised (an unexpected love, like their love of a French play we studied), a bamboo plant (how they grew over the year), chocolate (coz I was a sweet teacher- naw…!), and a little bracelet with a heart on it (coz I always had their best interests at heart – something I say a lot). I second the handwritten cards as well – I have all of mine, even from prac”
Finally this is the story of how we love the thoughtfulness of students and the story of the photo featured here. It’s the incredible art work done by a student.
“A particularly artistic student of mine gave me a signed piece of their artwork. I taught her Science, but she knew I loved her drawings so she gave me this & I love it! Being from a secondary context, I’m always genuinely touched by any gifts I receive (chocolates, beauty products, handmade cards) as it’s not as common to receive gifts from our clientele & it’s definitely the thought that counts”. I love love love this, it’s so completely special.
The overriding response from our hardworking, caring, amazing and gorgeous teachers of Western Australia was the love and appreciation from students and parents. Anything with a handwritten card, hand made card, thoughtfully made presents always touches our teachers hearts. This is what teachers really do like as end of year presents.
I hope this has helped you for the end of the year. If you have loved this article please share to help other parents and students create a gorgeous presents for their lovely teacher.