Out of a survey of 250 teachers in Australia, this is what teachers really want you to give them this Christmas!

What the teachers said…

  • Homemade treats made by the child sound nice but I know where those fingers have been!
  • Better one gift from the class than more mugs, candles or chocolates.
  • Be careful of personal items that I’ll have to wear like key rings or jewellery. What if it’s not my taste?! Will I have to wear it for the next year?
  • Give a voucher or something that can be exchanged.

Great Teachers Gift Ideas:

Group Gift 

  • One group gift rather than lots of little things. 

Tech – kindle (under $200), ipad mini ($370) 

  • Perfect for the Summer holidays and beyond. If you have extra money, buy itunes or amazon vouchers to top it up.

Voucher from the class

  • As long as they have a long expiry and are geographically suitable (ie either online, near home / school, available everywhere like a chain store).
  • Department store voucher
  • Sports teacher – Rebel voucher, Lululemon
  • Art teacher – art store, art book store, gallery membership
  • Dinner at a restaurant for 2
  • Spa treatments – but choose somewhere local
  • Music teacher – itunes. You can email a voucher. Easy!
  • Movie tickets.

Special experience Vouchers

Tickets to a sports game or concert.

Most important! A card. 

Across the board, teachers said that a gift wasn’t expected but a thoughtful card with a message expressing gratitude was much appreciated. They want to know their efforts count.

Some other tiny gestures for the last day of school ….

A coffee voucher for the local.
Hand drawn card from the child.

What do you normally gift the teachers at Christmas?

Share your comments below.

  • A coffee voucher is a great idea. That’s what I need hehe


  • I don’t know where this giving gifts to teachers started. High school students often have at least 3 teachers because of their choices of subjects.
    However most people wouldn’t realise that teachers go back to school a few days earlier then pupils do at the beginning of the school year. The Mum of one of the girls I spent a lot of time with was a school teacher. She also read and assessed many weekly assignments at weekends. In High School some teachers taught more than one subject to 2 or more classes. She spent one day each weekend doing that.


  • If I was a teacher I would love to receive candles! But I would also not expect anything from my students or their families, but if they did get me something small, I wouldn’t complain about it after if it wasn’t my taste or It was ‘another’mug. Just be grateful for the thought they went to !


  • I feel like most of these would be refused as they would need to be declared. I like doing a group gift, we usually have every child in class chip in what they can afford for a gift card at the end of the year.


  • Most of these wouldn’t be allowed but I’m sure know the individual teacher would help.


  • I love giving gifts but find it hard to know what to get. If I have time the kids make some biscuits.


  • The daycare teacher actually said she loves candles!


  • We try to find something small and useful – and which could be re gifted if they hate it!


  • Pooling resources is a great idea for a special gift. We normally give alcohol!


  • It’s a nice idea pulling resources


  • I don’t give the teachers gifts unless they have been exceptional. I don’t get gifts from my customers and I don’t expect to get any.


  • I’ve heard that more and more people are donating to gift vouchers for the teacher.


  • This story totally contradicts the last story I commented on (about the mum asked to contribute) one minute we have a story about not giving expensive gifts (re EDUCATION DEPT) then we have this story suggesting a kindle or ipad …seriously come on mom.


  • This was really helpful, I never knew teachers felt that way against mugs. I mean they must get many over the holidays


  • It’s about the gesture ! Since when do we need a wish list ? I think it’s time to go back to just a card or drawing or a handmade gift of your child !! Teachers get already paid to do their job.


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