Many parents tend to buy a small gift for their children’s teachers at Christmas time, especially if they have been a particularly good teacher. You do not want to give soaps and bath items they will never use and that 20 other parents are probably going to give.
Christmas is expensive enough especially if you want to do something for the whole class. Here are 10 ideas for presents under $15 (ok there was one which was $2 more but its cool).
Gift of Seeds
On www.sownsow.com.au you can purchase a gift package for marigold seeds, which is especially aimed as a thankyou present. You can choose from other seed varieties including poppies, sunflowers, forget-me-nots, herbs and more all at just $8.95. Made in Melbourne, the seeds come in packages which are decorated by illustrative artwork by Daniella Germain. Shipping is also free!
Nothing goes past a simple gift of homemade cookies placed in a nice jar with a ribbon tied around it. Not only do your children get to enjoy making it, but your teacher’s family and friends get to enjoy eating it. You could use a recycled Moccona jar or pick up a cheapy from hot dollar. Costs would be $10 and under.
One of my friends is a Primary School teacher and all the mum’s in her class one year pooled together to give her a Westfield Gift Voucher. Another year they bought her a Thomas Sabo bracelet. This is especially great for younger or male teachers if you are unsure what to get and means people can put in as much or as little as they want.
Give a Plant
You could buy a potted plant like Lavender and wrap it up with cellophane and some nice ribbon. I prefer plants to flowers because they last a long time and you can see them growing year on year. This is especially good if you know the teacher is an avid gardner.
I love Etsy.com there is such a huge variety of creative items on there. Pearenthetical Press make customised invitations, stationary and art prints. In particular you can purchase personalised bookplates in quantities of 12 for $9 US. Shipping costs to Australia would be $5 US. A thoughtful gift which your teacher can adhere to the inside of her class books.
For something personalised you could make a mousepad with your classes photo on it. Vistaprint, Harvey Norman and Café Press all have customised mousepads for under $15 and you can do it from home on your computer.
Consider finding a quirky doorstop that your teacher can have in their classroom year after year and bring lots of laughs to the kids. You can buy an Ice Cream Splat Door Stop for $16.95 from www.latestbuy.com.au. Something different for an easy going, fun teacher.
Tea towels are teacher present favourite because they are relatively inexpensive but useable. You can buy good quality ones from Bed Bath N Table for $5.95 or even snap up one of their often sought after Christmas ones. Fill the tea towel up with a bunch of chockies for something different.
Mix and match stationary
Teachers will use a range of stationary items in the classroom. Head to Typo and grab a mixture of things like stamps, stickers, pins, clips, pegs, pencils and pens and put them all in a clear jar with a bow.
If all else fails you can’t go past a voucher even if it is a small one. Dymocks, movies and westfield ones can be used towards a purchase and allows them to choose a gift they would like. They would prefer that then a bathbomb they will never use.