Everything that teachers do and don’t want.
When it comes to presents, teachers have received every single gift under the sun.
Trust me, I’d know.
By the end of my first year of teaching, I had perfected the fake smile of gratitude as kids handed me everything from rocks, to pieces of plastic jewellery (which they then asked to have back, true story).
And the weeks before Christmas is when most of the tokens of appreciation start to flood in. So if you’re planning on getting your child’s teacher a gift, please take it from me, there are some things that teachers don’t want.
We’re not ungrateful, I’m just being honest.
1. One word. Chocolate.
For the love of God, I beg of you, please resist buying any form of chocolate. I know it’s easy to pick up a box of Cadbury Favourites on the way out of Woolies, but please hold it right there while you consider this.
We have staff luncheons, end of year class parties, Christmas fairs and fetes. We have already consumed so much food that the last thing we need is to be swamped with every form of sweet sugary goodness you can imagine.
2. Perishable foods.
While cakes and sweets are lovely to receive, there is just no way we can get through that amount of them. Cakes end up usually being left in the staffroom, or given out to neighbours. Anything which can only be kept for a few days generally isn’t a good idea. You heard it here first.