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 – kindl,  ipad mini 

  • 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.

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  • Great ideas here. I’m a high school teacher in an elite independent school and gifts are hard to come by. A card with a nice message is priceless. I’ve lowered my expectations so much that if I get anything, I’m happy. Not all parents and students are thoughtful enough to give anything, unfortunately.


  • Apparently teachers receive a lot of chocolate at Christmas time!


  • I usually give my children’s a basket full of useful goodies that they’d use. This year I did a basket up for both of my son’s Kindy teachers and my daughters male teacher got a bowl with goodies in it I hope he would find useful.


  • This year we gave the teachers and TA’s a wee plant in a pot with a card and for some a handmade star. They loved it.


  • I work in a school and it’s always lovely to get something made by the kids.


  • Lovely idea. But my girls wanted to gift some chocolate box.


  • These are some great ideas but with a year of covid we didn’t get to know any of my daughters kinda class


  • My kids are too little for school yet but I love this perspective


  • I think a voucher for something local is a lovely idea


  • My daughter has always given chocolates. I have friends who are teachers and they always give me chocolates – I think they’re regifting because they get so many.


  • My boys would write in a card for their teachers and would give either a box of chocolates or a little memento they thought their teacher would like. We never had a coffee shop then, there was only the petrol stations to buy coffee from.


  • I like the idea of the coffee voucher, it would also help support local businesses

    • Yes I think that’s a lovely idea too !


  • I am a teacher and I would always receive chocolates or hand made cookies. One gift from the entire class would be nice but the amount you can give has now decreased. (I think it’s $50) So you need to be careful what you give.

    • Is that up to $50 a person can put in or $50 from the whole class?


  • First year doing this and I feel
    Like all teachers could use a bottle of wine/alcohol, so that’s what I’ll be doing.


  • I pay for my child to go to school so only something little & some chocolates..


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