When we write our Christmas gift list, it’s nice to remember our Day Care, Pre-Prep and School Teachers and any other members of the village helping to raise our kids this year!
It’s a lovely gesture to give a little thank-you to the people who have taught, played with and endured our children this past year. But it does not mean you have to spend a fortune or sell a kidney to afford it by any means – there’s so much available for under $20!
50. Box of Chocolates
In boxes, in jars, in cellophane bundles, it really doesn’t matter how it’s packaged…because it’s chocolate!
See above rules for chocolate. Multicoloured lollies in abundance in a jar with a little tag look really cute too.
48. Natural Soaps
Lovely natural soaps with all sorts of delicious scents make a very pretty pressie.
47. Flowers in a Pot
A fresh bunch or a little pot ready to take pride of place on a kitchen window sill.
46. A Periodic Table of Elements T-Shirt
45. Fancy Teas
Because all Teachers love tea. Love these teas from Her Belly Tea Tales
44. Gift Vouchers
For coffee shops, book shops, relaxation spas (just make sure the whole class puts in for this one!) Grab one from Typo – all teachers love Typo!
43. A Pot Plant
For the classroom, staff room or kitchen, a living gift of a plant is a lovely reminder of the year gone by. Maybe make it a cactus or succulent, something easy to care for, teachers have so much to do already!
42. Knee-high Winter Socks
Are they a classic gift idea? Hmm, yes, I’m making them one right now! Super fun, warm and quirky, I love long winter socks. Get a funky pattern of stars, polka dots or your favourite Hogwarts colours.
41. A Wine Glass Bottle
Anyone who has to supervise, care for, teach, wrangle or participate in conversations with children all day, every day, deserves wine. That’s us and teachers. Don’t worry about what sort or wine, it’ll be to someone’s liking on the Christmas dinner table! Probably a good idea to check with the school or daycare first to make sure it’s appropriate – even a nice non-alcoholic based wine would be appreciated
Stockist: Yellow Octopus for $21.99
40. A Doctor Who Tardis Necklace
An official BBC licensed product perfect for Whovians with a sense of style.
Stockist: Yellow Octopus for $12.99
39. Pen Cups
Teachers became teachers because they love arranging coloured pens in cups, and why not? It’s colour coordination at it’s finest!
38. Coin Purses
Everyone needs somewhere to put their change. Or their paperclips.
37. Novelty Pens
A pen topped with a puppy, kitten or cactus? Yes, yes and yes. Cactus seems popular this year!
The perfect unload after a day of teaching!
35. Photo Frame
Just a simple frame to take home and put their favourite Christmas pics in!
34. Cute Notebook
Not all books need to be for the classroom. Teachers have shopping lists to write too.
33. Magnetic Paperclip Holder
Shaped like a porcupine, the paper clips become the quills. Very Cute!
32. Hole Punch
Not a daggy as it seems, give your youngster a pack of stick on gems and the plain hole punch instantly becomes a pretty gift!
31. Wine Glass
There are plenty of funny-slogan glasses around, or you could just choose a really beautiful, individual glass, especially for your teacher. Make it big. No one likes a tiny wine glass.
Go to www.zazzle.com.au or www.identitydirect.com.au to order a special gift with your teachers name on it!
It’s a bit of work, but with the collaboration of other parents, you could make a calendar with photos which have been taken during the year for the teachers to reminisce over next year!
29. Pencil Case
With a name or message printed on, they’ll love it for sure.
28. Pretty Clipboards
Not all teachers use iPads, some are decorated in early clipboard quite often. Now they can have a fancy one!
27. Stamps or Stickers
The other reason for becoming a teacher.
26. Water Bottle
How cool? To have one just like the kids they’re teaching! They’ll fit right in!
25. Tote Bag
Teachers need big tote bags. Always have, always will.
24. Coffee Mug or Tea Cup
With a group class pic on it or their name, they will be chuffed with this one, every morning tea break.
23. Memo Cube
I want a personalised memo cube – so, so cute!
I love the way each page reads ‘A special note from Insert Name’. Awww.
21. Key Ring
So inexpensive and a lovely way to share a special thank you message without taking up lots of space!
Feel Good and Help Others
Why not give a gift to someone who really needs assistance on behalf of your teacher, then give the card with the details of your donation to your teacher for Christmas. It will make their heart sing. Some charities have hand made products to order that you can give as a gift also.
20.Operation Christmas Child
Pack a shoebox full of love, letters, toys, essential learning and hygiene items. For some children, this is the first gift they’ve ever received! Take a pic of your full shoebox before you send it and pop the photo in a card for your teacher.
19. Outreach International
Help provide sustainable solutions to the most extremely impoverished places in the world. Buy a family a goat, donate or shop for a gift that really helps!
Support communities in 28 countries around the world with your guilt-free shopping for your teacher! Lots of pretties here!
17. Save The Children
You can make a donation that makes a very big difference to children is seriously desperate situations.
A donation of money or purchase a gift for your teacher. Support the Ethiopian college of midwives to help give babies a healthy start.
Save a child from human trafficking and forced prostitution. Donate, buy a gift of hand-made jewellery or soap from the many volunteers around the country who donate their time to raise money for this amazing cause.
14.Royal Flying Doctor Service
For a lot of Australians living in rural areas, the RFDS is literally, a life saver. There are some super cute doctor, pilot and nurse bears in their gift shop.
13. K-Mart or Big W Wishing Tree
Working together with the Salvation Army to brighten as many children’s Christmas as is possible. Buy a new toy and place it under the wishing tree at either department store.
12. St Vinnies
Donate goods or new toys at any St Vinnies this Christmas, you can be sure they’ve got a long list to fill, they do a marvellous job even reaching into their own pockets to fill the gap.
Give a gift to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. These fantastic humans are out there on the streets helping to provide food and shelter for those who don’t have the basics. You can also take new toys at Christmas to your local branch to be distributed to kids in need.
From Your Heart and Hands
A cardboard cut out backed with cellophane, a plain bauble, a paddle pop star, anything covered in glitter by your child to hang on the classroom or home Christmas tree!
9. Knitted Scarf or Beanie
It’s best to start this one in August if you knit at my speed, but it’ll be a very much appreciated gift come the following winter.
8. Crochet Knee Rug
Another winter snuggle gift, these are gorgeous and the colours are up to you!
Simple and will be well-used. The kids can get really creative however they choose with this one!
Hand-made jewellery is always special, whether you make it with glass beads or coloured pasta, teachers love it.
A few dollars on a little canvas at the cheap shop and your child can get their Picasso on.
4. Christmas Cake
If you’re not into making fruitcake, a Lions cake is a great cause to donate to, not to mention delicious!
On the topic of delicious, I’ve got it on good authority that homebaked wins hands-down, your kids will be so proud of it too!
Rum, cherry ripe, caramel, chocolate – whatever your favourite! Everyone loves Christmas Balls!
1. A Thank-You Letter
One from you, one from your child. Attached to your gift or given by itself, a handwritten note of gratitude will be treasured forever.
What gift will you give your Teacher this year?