Giving a Teacher a Gift They Will Always Remember
Of all the people who influence the courses of our lives, teachers are second only to parents in terms of their impact on us. While our parents provide for us and deliver the most fundamental life lessons, teachers open up the rest of the world for us. They show us what was, what is, and what could be in the future — and how we can be a part of that future if we only try. For children, teachers are more than just a source of information. The best educators are also role models, a source of support, and a constant provider of encouragement.
We’ve all had a laugh over the childlike idea that teachers live at the school and don’t exist outside of the classroom. For many educators, though, it’s more than a full-time job. It is virtually a lifestyle. Away from school hours, teachers still face many demands for their time. Grading assignments, making lesson plans, creating project ideas, and planning for class excursions all require extra effort outside of time spent teaching their pupils directly. Considering all that hard work, it makes sense that there is a long-standing tradition of giving teachers gifts at different points in the year — or “just because!”
The Important Role Teachers Play in Our Lives
According to the RAND Corporation, teachers have the biggest impact on positive educational outcomes among all the in-school factors that influence a child’s education. The best school facilities and the strongest, most engaged administrative leadership can have an influence, of course. Based on the research, though, teachers have an outsized impact on an individual student’s learning compared to those factors. Is that any surprise, though?
Many of us can think back to a time when a teacher helped or inspired us. Maybe it involved a moment when we challenged and defeated a particularly tough problem. Perhaps it was merely a fun and silly joke shared during class, or a supportive word during a difficult time. These connections help us to engage with our learning fully. It’s also why good teachers are so important for the future of our children.
It’s no hyperbole to say “teachers are heroes” — and teachers deserve a break, too! The stereotype of bringing an apple to class as a gift is a cute image, but there are so many other (and better) ways to show your appreciation. When you can see that an educator has a positive impact on your child and makes them excited to learn, there are many ways and many days for you to say, “thank you.” Let’s explore some of those opportunities, along with some teacher gift ideas.
Unless a teacher has a birthday in the latter half of the year, Christmas is usually the first gift-giving opportunity during the school year. Although the gift card is a popular replacement for the stereotypical apple these days, it can feel a bit impersonal. Sure, a gift card to spend at a favoured restaurant or retail store might be fun, but it doesn’t rank among the most thoughtful gifts. When the holidays approach, consider trying to learn more about what the teacher likes. You might ask yourself, or you could encourage your child to come home with the answers. Don’t worry. Most teachers know how to take the hint — and most are more than happy to divulge their likes and dislikes! Wouldn’t you?
There are many excellent ways to celebrate the Christmas holiday with gifts. Using the information gleaned from your conversations or your child’s answers regarding their teacher, you can start your search. For example, there are few options as timeless and as well-loved as gift baskets. Filled to the brim with goodies that can be both sweet and savoury, they’re a simple yet effective way to say, “thank you and Merry Christmas!” to any schoolteacher. Opening a Chocolate Indulgence hamper, for example, is the perfect way for a teacher to spend the holiday morning after opening other gifts.
Other great gift ideas might include a personalised tote bag, a keepsake such as a unique educational-themed snow globe, or even some warm socks for passing those chilly winter nights. A handmade card from your child to send along is also a kind-hearted gesture they may appreciate. Of course, if you want to give a gift that really says “you deserve to relax,” wine hampers aren’t a bad idea either. Whether your recipient enjoys reds or whites, the extended break away from the classroom over the holiday is the perfect time for them to catch up on their favourite shows and enjoy a glass or two.
Celebrate the End of the Year with Delightful Teacher Gifts
The end of the year is another one of the most traditional gift-giving occasions. Primary school children often find parting with their teacher to be a difficult moment, especially when they will have a new teacher the following term. Giving a gift is, therefore, an easy way for your child to play a role in saying goodbye along with thanks for the last year together. Even something small, such as a Tin of Treats, is a straightforward way to put a smile on a teacher’s face before school ends for the school year.
Arranging for a gift from the whole class is not a bad idea, either. You may find it opens many more options when it is simpler to spread the cost among a group of parents who all want to give that special history or maths teacher a gift as thanks for a year of hard work. For example, a hamper such as The Extravagance offers the perfect way to kick off the summer holidays. With plenty of delicious nibbles and more than a couple of bottles of wine, you can say “Thanks — now enjoy yourself, you’ve earned it!” A personalised wine glass given on the last day of the term would be the perfect complement to such a gift, too.
Whatever you choose to offer up at the end of the year, don’t forget to include some personal thoughts of your own. The journey through a school term has its fair share of ups, downs, defeats, and victories. Take a moment at the end of the term to let your child’s teacher know about any special moments that stood out to you. Share some thoughts about the impact they had on your child. Sometimes, the best gift isn’t always the physical items we give, but the sentiments that come along with them.
What About Some Gift Ideas for a Teacher Who is Leaving?
The end of term is not the only time that giving gifts to teachers may feel emotional. What if your child comes home with the news that their favourite teacher will move away to teach somewhere else? In some cases, a teacher may have had a role in educating more than one child from a family. When they decide to move on to a different teaching opportunity, it can feel almost as though an actual family member is stepping away. Finding the perfect gift for such a great teacher is an important task. What are some ideas you could consider?
Keepsake options are an excellent place to begin. Cheeky gifts such as a cute teacher-themed wine glass like those you might find on Etsy could be appropriate for some, but they won’t fit the bill for every teacher. Consider looking for items ideal for display on a teacher’s desk, so wherever they land, they’ll always have a reminder from your child’s class close at hand. A sturdy coffee mug is also a classic choice. Of course, a gift card is still a perfectly good option for this occasion, too. If you know why the teacher has chosen to leave or where they’re going, use such information to help you further tailor your gift.
Something to please the palate might prove to be a delight — or even a help. Large gift baskets filled with food, for example, provide an easy way to make the transition to a new job simpler. The Virginia Hayward Lavish Larder is the perfect example of such a gift hamper, filled with everything from mains to snacks and desserts. It’s another excellent opportunity to arrange for a gift from the whole class. With other parents on board, you can ensure that you’re sending a message loud and clear: the teacher may be leaving, but their former pupils won’t soon forget them.
Teacher Retirement Gifts Should Be Something Special
The retirement of a teacher is something special, and it can be an emotional moment, too. In some places, teachers have educated multiple generations from the same family. They’re not only fixtures in the lives of children, but they are a force of experience within the school, too. While a teacher leaving at the end of the year is a bitter-sweet moment, a teacher’s retirement should be a cause for celebration. After a long career, they finally get to sit back and take a very well-deserved rest. No more lesson plans, no more worrying about learning new names every term — just relaxation. What sort of gifts are best for such an occasion?
You won’t have to raid the school supply closet this time. Instead of a thick notepad or a set of dry erase markers, help the best teacher you know to start the celebrations off on the right foot. For the truly veteran teachers, a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne might be the most appropriate gift out there. What better way to celebrate a successful career and the many lives it touched than by popping open a bottle of bubbly? Of course, there are other elegant gift options out there, too, such as hampers filled with delectable meats and cheeses.
There are plenty of humorous retirement-themed gifts to find on sites such as Amazon and Etsy, too. When paired with a hamper full of exciting goodies, you can send your favourite teacher off into retirement with a pure expression of your appreciation for their efforts. Consider asking about their retirement plans. Will they travel? Might they start a garden? How will they use all their new free time? Finding out these things through casual conversation will direct you to find gifts that might prove more useful and valuable to them.
Just Say “Thank You” with Teacher Gifts Chosen Thoughtfully
Do you really need an occasion to give a gift to a teacher you admired from your school days, or that your child now adores? Sometimes, you may just want to say “thank you” or to show your appreciation for all the hard work they put in every week. Some good moments to consider a simple “thank you” gift might include:
- When your child masters a challenging concept with help from their teacher.
- When an educator goes above and beyond to ensure your child learns and develops as a person.
- When you know a teacher has gone through some personal difficulties, or when it’s clear their stress levels are out of control.
- After a teacher was accommodating for special circumstances regarding your child, such as preparing work to be done at home during a child’s extended illness.
These are just a few ideas, but “just because” is a good enough reason to give a gift, too. From a new coffee mug for their collection to a simple tumbler for enjoying a glass of red wine on a Friday night, such teacher appreciation gifts don’t need to be extravagant. Sharing a smile can be as simple as surprising them with letterbox gifts delivered to their home, or a handing them a tote bag full of chocolates at the end of the school week.
Giving a gift is another good opportunity to involve your child in the gift-giving process, too. Your kid’s teacher will no doubt love to receive a note written in your child’s hand expressing their gratitude in their own unique way. When combined with a simple gift hamper, such handmade gifts have a bigger impact. Make sure those teachers you love always remember that moment when their efforts inspired you to say “thanks!”
Going the “DIY” Way with Your Child is Always an Option
For families on a budget, there are always other solutions for giving gifts for any of these moments and milestones. You don’t need to rush out to buy an expensive bottle of champagne, nor do you need to ensure that their pantry will remain full of snacks for a fortnight or more. Sometimes, the most meaningful and longest-lasting gifts are those that come from the heart.
Consider a situation in which your child has been touched by the actions of a teacher and wants to share their thanks. The Internet is full of printable card templates, art projects, and papercraft creations that you and your child could work on together. What better way to spend a rainy day or a boring weekend at home than by collaborating with the kids to create something special? Whether it’s doodles, pasta art, or some unique creation, these options work for any time of the year. From the “back to school” period to the last day of class, it’s never a bad time to make an effort to express gratitude in a more personal way.
The affordability of some gifts may surprise you, though. You can still invest time in crafting handmade, DIY gifts, but sharing some chocolates or a tipple with a favoured teacher might be more cost-effective than you imagine. Even a small gift box with a tray of truffles and a personalised message could be all you need to elevate a gift to the next level. Exploring all the options out there is your best plan of action when you want to be sure you leave them smiling.
Explore Gifting Options for the Educators You Know Today
Whether you want to find the best gift to give for Christmas, or you’d like to share a hamper full of thoughtful gifts for a retiring educator, there’s no shortage of options. It’s easy to see that not only do our teachers deserve more recognition for all their hard work but also that there are many excellent gift ideas out there. Leave the apple behind and embrace the opportunity to give educators useful, enjoyable gifts to help them work harder and relax easily. With the right choices, events such as Teacher Appreciation Week could turn into something like a second Christmas for teachers — and don’t they deserve it?
Explore brilliant solutions for a quick way to say, “Thank you, Teacher!” with Virginia Hayward gift hampers. Assembled with the finest contents, from biscuits and crisps to chocolates and wines, we have options ideal for every occasion to show teacher appreciation. Start shopping for a gift that reflects on all the hard work our educators put in to help our children, or contact us for answers to any questions you might have.