Teacher Gifts- What do teachers really want?

As a primary school teacher, I know how hard teachers work and I choose for my children to give their teachers gifts at Christmas and at the end of the school year (this post is not suggesting that you should also give gifts it’s just what we like to do!)

We have given many different gifts and I feel like I’m running out of ideas! We have given personalised mugs, handmade bracelets, paper cuts and personalised water bottles to name a few!

I do love personalised gifts but as a teacher I received lots of gifts and there’s only so many mugs a person can drink from! I want to be more considerate with my gifts now so I asked some other bloggers for their suggestions!

  • As a teacher, the best gifts I’ve been lucky enough to get have been Star Wars things my wife would never buy or vouchers for books/restaurants/cinema tickets(they all knew I was far too excited about The Force Awakens so two children got me cinema vouchers!). Oh, no mugs. Unless they’re personalised, but even then after 10 years of teaching I’ve got about 40! (Adam: You’ve Got All This To Come)
  • We do a class collection, I organise it. Most chuck in £5 which has meant that we have bought past teachers a Radly handbag she uses for school. Last year it was a Cath Kidston picnic set in a bag plus other bits. We love to give gifts that are a bit more substantial! (Emma: Emma and 3)
  • We do the group collection thing too. Means we can buy better presents. I’m starting to organise this year’s at the moment. The TA for this year is a good friend so she’ll be quite easy to buy for. (Hannah: East Sussex Mummy)
  • I love making hampers for the children’s teachers. Here is one I made a few years ago https://lecoindemel.com/a-useful-present-for-the-childrens-teachers-hamper-for-playtime/ (Mel: Le Coin De Mel)
  • One of the most heartwarming gifts I have ever been given as a teacher was a few pennies, wrapped in crumpled paper and an elastic band. The child gave it to me and said her mum didn’t get her anything to give to me but she wanted to give me a present. That child’s family had nothing, but she thought about how she could thank me in her own little way! In contrast I’ve been given Pandora charms, a build a bear teddy and countless teacher mugs, but the handful of coppers will always stick with me. (Rebecca: Little Big and Me)
  • I always give books (fiction) that I’ve enjoyed. The teachers are always very grateful. Nobody else gives books, so it’s a bit different for them. (Sarah: Mum of Three World)

This year I am contributing to the class collection. £5 per teacher/teaching assistant and they will get a voucher for Westfield Shopping Centre!

What will you be getting your children’s teachers this year?

I hope you enjoyed this post.

Thank you for reading!

Chloe x



  1. 10/07/2018 / 8:28 PM

    Oh I love the idea of everyone chipping in for one big gift.. or a gift voucher!
    I’m not at the stage yet of buying teacher presents yet haha but will definitely bare that in mind!

    • Chloe Busby
      10/07/2018 / 8:31 PM

      It’s a good idea isn’t it! That way they won’t have 30 mugs haha xxx

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