So the end of the school year is just around the corner. Our kids are about to finish another year and the most important person in their lives at school is about to take a well-deserved break. So what do you buy for the teachers?


As parents we often ask  – how do they do it?

Coordinating a group of kids day in day out, following a school curriculum and managing to inspire so many different personalities, teaching them to think for themselves and helping them to understand the world around them is no easy task I am sure!

As a mum of three primary school kids, when we reach the end of the year, I like to consider what can we give to the teachers in our lives as a thank you for their time, encouragement and perseverance through out the year.

What do they want, what will they appreciate, what sort of gift conveys thoughtfulness and respect?

I figure that as teachers have so many students year in year out they are not going to remember what you gave them. Flowers die, chocolates and sweet stuff they probably won’t eat, you can only cope with so many knick knacks in your house and personal home made gifts are thoughtful but are they really going to keep them?

I asked a teacher friend recently who has received many chocolates, candles and flowers but she suggests something useful works best for her, not too personal, and a nice heartfelt message is what tops it off.

For me, pooling money together as a class makes more sense as the total sum means a substantial gift. It also means one less thing on our ‘to do’ list during the busiest time of the year.

A group gift still requires some thought.

What larger gift is best to give? Unless you know your teacher well and what past-times she or he has, it’s best to let them buy what they need. A gift card from a local store that offers a variety of options is a practical gift. They can spend at their own leisure on something they need or want. It’s a ‘play it safe’ option but it makes sense.

Don’t forget to add that personal touch that makes a gift special

For teachers, this means messages from their students. Let the kids type or hand write a note for their teacher.  Ask them to show the teacher why they enjoyed being in their class. They might like to recall a memorable event that happened or just tell them why they are special. Even if they aren’t a favourite teacher encourage them to be positive and respectful.

Whether you opt to pool funds or do it yourself, I believe it doesn’t matter how much you spend (or even if you don’t spend anything at all) as the most treasured gift are words of thanks and appreciation.

If it’s the one thing you do for the end of the school year – get the kids to write a thank you for their teacher!

For me, the perfect combination is a group present of a gift card and that personal touch.

What about you? What do you do for your kids teachers? How do you manage teacher gift giving?

  • I’m sure a lovely hand made card is more than appreciated. Not sure about the class getting the teacher a present for doing their job and being paid to do their job.


  • I am a mother of a school teacher daughter and don’t get me wrong she does appreciate the thoughtfulness with gifts but in saying that she has also passed on many a box of chocolates to her younger brother, (as she is watching her weight.) I also know that the heartfelt thank you and better still a little thank you story or message is the most treasured. If you wish to give a gift, homemade treats and cooking are more heartfelt and loving and even better when the child has participated in the preparing and cooking.


  • A group gift for a gift voucher at the local shopping mall or for female teachers for a spa treatment are always appreciated.


  • good information. thanks for sharing


  • I get my kids to make something like biscuits to give.


  • I’m a teacher – a simple Thank You from the parent/child would mean a lot.


  • I am not a fan of buying for the teacher, there are so many children they teach


  • thank you sharing this article good read


  • thanks for sharing was a great read


  • Great tips. We usually get a box of chocolates

    • I agree that a quality box of chocolates is a great gift for a teacher, a token of thanks for a year of great work.

      • I think a box of chocolate with a card is perfect.


  • I know it sounds awful but have you thought to look amongst all the sales for something for the teacher at the end of the year. I found some lovely little photo frames with teddy bears on them, and have purchased and put away… There were also lots of scarves, and most teachers wear one, and I noticed a pen and pencil set… Think about it now, and then later on it does not become impossible when trying to xmas shop….aometimes with children at school we get a little more time to look at shops. A colourful set of jars caught my eye, and some different handcremes was another … go on think about it now…..


  • Thanks for the tips, I will keep them in mind. My son is in his first year of school this year


  • great ideas here, thanks for sharing,a gift and a message is a lovely thank you for a teacher who cares about her pupils.


  • Gifts for male teachers are difficult for me.


  • a gift and a message is a lovely thank you for a teacher who cares about her pupils.


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