Christmas Gifts For Teachers : What Is Expected?

Recently there have been a number of posts on social media about christmas gifts for teachers. There are questions galore! Should people buy chocolates, give hand made gifts, buy vouchers or contribute to a bigger gift.  It feels like such a minefield.  However, it really isn’t that difficult at all.  As a former teacher I can assure you of the following:
  • Absolutely no teacher expects a gift! It is always lovely to be appreciated and, of course, it is always lovely to receive a gift, but there is definitely no expectation – ever!
  • No teacher would moan about/be disappointed with a gift – no matter what it is.  We are always so delighted that anyone has taken time out to buy us something, and it is always hugely appreciated!
  • Teachers love any gift, whether it is a box of chocolates, a bunch of flowers, a gift card or a handmade card/gift – it really is the thought that counts!
At the moment there appears to be a trend for groups of parents to get together and contribute an amount of money into a collection, which is then turned into vouchers for the teachers and teaching assistants. While this is very lovely, and would be a great thing to receive, it can put a lot of pressure onto parents.  Handing over a monetary contribution can be a minefield – how much is expected? How much will seem too little, or too extravagant?  What can make it feel worse is that it is normally another parent collecting the money, and the pressure to give the ‘correct’ amount can be huge.  For some parents, £5 is a large amount for them, and to give this type of money may leave them short.  Teachers would feel awful if they felt that any family was going short of money just to give them a gift! So my suggestions are:
  • If you want to go into a collection, and are happy to contribute, then £5 will be more than enough to contribute.  Of course you can contribute more if you wish, but it certainly wouldn’t be needed.
  • If you don’t have the money to spare, then something homemade is always wonderful to receive.  Perhaps a handmade card, or even some biscuits or cakes will go down well.
  • Some people would prefer to buy their own present but worry about what to buy. Someone once said to me ‘surely no teacher wants to receive 30 boxes of chocolate!’. Well, they are wrong! Any teacher would love to receive several boxes of chocolate.  Mine used to last me well into Easter!
  • But please don’t feel the ‘need’ to buy a gift for the teacher.  It is not expected and there are loads of other ways to show your thanks if you wish too.
It can become very easy to get into a competition with other parents about the type of gift or value of gift given to the teacher. But teachers really don’t pay attention to the value of a gift.  While it is lovely to receive a gift, and will be very appreciated, it is not the be all and end all! What they do notice is the thoughtful message in the card, or the quiet word at the end of the day, or just the smile and thanks at the end of the term!  
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9 thoughts on “Christmas Gifts For Teachers : What Is Expected?

  1. mrs mummy harris

    my friend is a teacher and she got so much chocolate last year! she literally struggled to find space on her side table for it all! I wouldn’t complain though, I got to help her munch through it all hahaha #ablogginggoodtime

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  2. Catie

    Great post! 🌟 I couldn’t agree with you more. My best ever present was a card from a boy and his mum had written, Thank you for loving my son ❤️ It made my year! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉
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  3. Hayley @ Mission: Mindfulness

    excellent advice – as a teacher too I get asked this a lot and I say the things I most value are the cards with the kind words in – pressies are lovely but there are other ways to show appreciation and cards with personal and thoughtful messages in can be treasured forever. Xx

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  4. Hayley @ Mission: Mindfulness

    Very good advice – as a teacher too I get asked this a lot and I say the things I most value are the cards with the kind words in – pressies are lovely but there are other ways to show appreciation and cards with personal and thoughtful messages in can be treasured forever. X

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    1. cherrynewby Post author

      That’s exactly it! The cards and messages I have received over the years are the things I still have and treasure whereas the gifts, lovely as they are, are all eaten or finished by now! x

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  5. catherine

    As an ex-teacher myself, we used to love our never ending stash of chocolate in the resource cupboard. It’d usually get us through to the next batch at the end of the year! #tribalchat

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    1. cherrynewby Post author

      I would have LOVED Prosecco marshmallows. Really teachers just love to be thought about and anything they can eat or drink always goes down superbly well 🙂 x

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