Well, I’m not sure how but it’s nearly the end of the school year already (…and I’ve already seen the odd countdown post for Christmas – what!!!).
Children and all educators across of the country will rejoice whilst, lets face it, lots of parents are slightly terrified about the thought of keeping these little ones entertained for the seemingly never-ending 6+ weeks holiday. (The Summer Holiday page is nearly updated by the way!).
So, let’s hear it for those teachers and teaching assistants that have done such a good job over the last year – these guys manage to look after 30-plus children and make it look easy! They certainly deserve every day of the holidays they get and a whopping great thank you.
Teachers and support staff can often be underrated but I do think they have some of the most important jobs. They nurture, teach, referee, discipline, encourage & support. They care our about our “babies”. We all know that these days teachers are absolutely bogged down with paperwork & assessments and yet they still manage to put on a cheery face and bring the best out of our children. I don’t know a single teacher who doesn’t go well above and beyond their job description and so yes, of course they deserve a little thank you from their pupils and parents at the end of the year.
Giving gifts to teachers & support staff is a contentious issue but I guarantee, if you ask them what gift they would like, all would say NOT A THING. In fact, as a former teacher, the ‘gifts’ I liked most were the cards the children made from a scrap of paper or even just when parents would come and say ‘Thanks for everything, have a great holiday’ at the end of term. I remember every single one of these! Saying this, I did get a pretty awesome handmade silver pendant from one parent (she happens to own Beach Hut Charm) and a notebook with my name on it (I’m a sucker for stationery!)…please know that any way of saying thank you is appreciated.
But, if you do want to go down the ‘real’ gift route, here’s a few ideas:
You’re generally onto a winner with some kind of alcohol; something fizzy, a nice bottle of wine or some beers! You can get little tins of ready made gin & tonics or pimms too.
Try to avoid mugs. As lovely as they are, after a couple of years teachers have more than enough to see them through to the end of their career!
I liked getting flowers or a plant, but you might want to check if the teacher is jetting off as soon as the school bell rings, otherwise they’ll be away and won’t get to enjoy them.
All the teachers I know love homemade gifts. From a framed picture covered in dried pasta to food – you can’t go wrong with homemade. My top suggestion would be some homemade millionaires shortbread! I haven’t met anyone that doesn’t like this – and it’s so easy to make. Follow the BBC Food recipe for shortbread, cover them in caramel (could even use those Carnation cans), and then pour melted chocolate over the top. To make them look like something you’d see on the GBBO – drizzle a different coloured melted chocolate over the top. Fancy!
If you know the teacher quite well, a shop-bought gift can be another big hitter – some new story books to read to next year’s class, or a book by their favourite author for themselves?
Others gifts to get a mention are scented candles, fancy toiletries and something practical like cotton/canvas tote bags – to carry all that marking home!
If you don’t want to get a gift or you can’t afford to get something, they don’t expect anything at all and you will honestly get the biggest smile if you just say THANK YOU 🙂