As a teacher for over 15 years, I've definitely experienced my fair share of the good, the bad, and the downright weird when it comes to end-of-year presents from my students.
My most memorable gift? That’s probably a tie between a half-eaten Mars Bar and an engagement ring (that was quickly returned to a mortified mother whose child had been exploring her jewellery box that morning).
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The dos of buying gifts for teachers.
A simple 'thank you' at the end of the year is more than enough in any teacher’s books, but for those of you who are keen to get a little something for your kid’s teacher, I’ve wrapped up all my tips in a neat little Christmas bow for you below.
DIY all the way.
There’s nothing more special than something homemade from the heart. Some cookies (keeping the icky fingers at bay), a card, or a Christmas decoration are perfect.
Feel great and donate.
Making a donation to a charity on behalf of your child’s teacher will have them reaching for the Kleenex on their desk. A World Vision card or The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation with a pre-paid donation is a wonderful gift, or make it more personal by asking the teacher what their favourite charity is.