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!
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 for christmas gifts for teachers 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. Check out our FREE printable of 12 super easy ideas you can make at home!
- 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.
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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