9 best gifts for teachers
With the summer holidays on the horizon, the time has come to show your appreciation to all the hard-working teachers who have guided your kids through the school year.
But what exactly to get them? To make sure we’re recommending the gifts that teachers actually want, we’ve asked some friends in the profession which presents particularly stick out in the memory – from personalised mugs to flowers which, crucially, come with vases.
1. Able Labels Personalised Teacher Tote Bags: £15, Not On The High Street
Another personalisable option, these big cotton tote bags will fit all of their extra marking or books. You can get up to 18 characters printed and designs come in black or cream. We reckon the black is a sensible option as it won’t get grubby as the new term goes on.
2. Photobox Simple Photo Mug: £8, Photobox
One of IndyBest’s teacher friends told us her favourite present was a personalised mug with a picture of her class on it. We think it’s a great idea, and if you do too, we’d recommend Photobox’s cermaic mug. We’ve gone for the cheapest option, which just allows for one photo and text, but you can add plenty more detail for a few pounds more. And if a mug won’t do it, you can personalise cards, cushions, phone cases and more. Make sure you order at least a week before the end of term.
3. Love Give Ink Notebook: From £27, Not on the High Street
A special notebook is the sort of thing they might not splash out on for themselves, and a personalised one makes a thoughtful gift for a stationery-loving teacher. Love Give Ink’s are some of the nicest we’ve seen. They’re handmade in London and have thick, soft-touch hardback covers – available in six colours – with the teacher’s name and subject in gold or silver foiling. Inside is quality, weighty blank white paper and it comes in an A5 or A4 version.
4. True Grace Chamomile Candle in a Tin: £16, Amara
There can’t be many teachers who, at the end of the school year, aren’t in need of some serious relaxation. That’s why we reckon this candle, which emanates a calming chamomile scent, would be an excellent choice. Made in Wiltshire, it gives forty hours of burn time – more than enough to adequately de-stress – and there other scents available, such as lemon tree and garden rose.
5. Snapdragon Personalised Travel Mug: £15, Not On The High Street
Busy teachers always seem to have a half-drunk cup of tea on their desk that’s long gone cold. One of these earthenware mugs solves that problem. It will keep their brew warm while they’re distracted by and the silicone lid means they can carry it around without worrying about spilling on the marking. You choose the words and there are a number of font styles to pick from, including this, based on a classic typewriter script. Go for their most-used catchphrase or a fun, subject-specific option like this one ideal for an English teacher with a sense of humour.
6. Plan of Attack A5 Pad: £5.95, Ohh Deer
We’re not saying teaching a class of school kids is like heading into battle, but this ‘Plan of Attack’ notepad will be much appreciated by any teacher with 101 things to do. Simply and helpfully divided up into four sections, based on importance and urgency, the pad has 60 A5 sheets.
7. Treatwell Voucher: From £10, Treatwell
The holidays mean the teachers actually have time to pamper themselves so a voucher to pick the treatment they want will be a welcome present. Treatwell works with more than 8000 salons and spas all over the UK and abroad and booking via the app or website is super-simple. There a loads of options, from manis and pedis and massages to longer spa breaks if the whole class is clubbing together, as well as plenty of grooming choices for blokes. Treatwell sends the card in a smart gift box or if you’ve left it until the last minute, there’s a version you can email too.
8. Penguin Tie: £25, Present Indicative
If your child is taught English by a teacher with an, um, interesting taste in ties (and let’s face it, the chances are rather high), then this present will surely be given high marks. The natty tie features hundreds of miniature replications of classic Penguin book covers, and is made from 100 per cent silk. Helpfully, the Present Indicative website is split into different categories, so there’s something for everyone, whether they teach physics or philosophy.
9. Thanks Teach Biscuit Tin: £39.50, Biscuiteers
What better way to say thank you than via the medium of expertly decorated, teacher-themed biscuits? The whole thing, which includes 16 biscuits and comes in eye-catching box, might be pushing £40, but we think it’s ideal for kids to club together and buy. And for an extra £5, they can personalise the gift with their very own message of gratitude.
10. White Campanula Jug: £25, Waitrose Florist
Teachers can get loads of flowers at the end of term and find themselves with nothing to put them in, or risk the blooms wilting before they make it home. Here’s a pretty but practical alternative to a bouquet – a white-flowering campanula in a royal blue ceramic jug. It’s easy to transport and will look just as nice on the classroom desk as it will on the windowsill at home. Waitrose Florist offers free next day delivery if you order by 6pm.
We don’t think you can go wrong with the Able Labels tote bag, which ticks both the personal and practical boxes. If you are after something that can serve as a collaborative present from the whole class, we’d recommend the delicious selection from Biscuiteers.