An Apple is one idea, but there’s lots of other ways to say thank you! Teachers are awesome individuals who do the most important job as far as we are concerned.
They nurture, teach, referee, discipline, encourage & support. They care about our “babies”. We all know that these days teachers are absolutely bogged down with paperwork & assessments and yet they still manage to put on a happy face and bring out the best in our children. At Mumbler, we don’t know a single teacher who doesn’t go well above and beyond their job description and so yes, of course they deserve a little thank you from their pupils and parents at the end of the year.
We’ve put together a few gift ideas, from DIY projects, to gifts you can order direct to your door, along with some Mumbler tips about what teachers really appreciate the most.
Individual gifts or class collections?
It’s up to you whether you want to send something that’s just from your child or start a class kitty to help raise a bigger pot!
The benefits of sending something that is just from your child is that they can put their own personalised mark on it. You might feel like your child has had a particularly special connection with their teacher this year or that teacher has helped them overcome some big milestones this year, and a personalised gift might be your way of saying thanks for all their help.
The benefits of putting a donation into a class collection are that you will be able to afford a bigger gift if more people chip in. You might also want to include your TA’s in your gift giving and a class collection enables you to put some money aside for them also. For parents who have multiple children in school and might not have time to go searching for that perfect gift this is a great way to spoil your teacher and get them something they will really enjoy.
Teacher gifts with a personal touch:
A nice pen or a notebook, stickers, sticky notes and all things perfect for organisation. Stationery is perfectly practical for home or school. Some websites also offer personalisation to stationery so you can add Mr or Mrs Teachers Name to your gift for a really personalised gift.
“One of my most cherished gifts from a pupil I taught was a notebook and she had written me a message on the first page”.
2. Personalised pottery
We are spoilt in York with great pottery painting options. Why not enjoy a couple of hours of decorating fun with your Mini Mumbler, whilst making a gift at the same time?
Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio is a well established pottery painting studio just 2 mins from York Minster and across the road from York Art Gallery. We have a vast selection of pottery and all the stamps, stencils, sponges and paints you need to help you and your little one get creative.
Paint at Home Pottery Why not bring the fun of the studio to your home? Pick what you would like to paint at www.rainbowsceramics.co.uk/shop and collect it from the studio. You will be provided with everything you need, then simply return in 1 week.
Here at Popolo Ceramico York, we are a ceramics business that specialises in capturing children’s handprints on pottery. As part of our range, we offer takeaway paint your own pottery boxes. Many people choose to utilise this option to create personalised and cherished teacher’s gifts at the end of the school year. We also capture full class fingerprints to create one end of term gift. The options are endless. If you think there might be a way Popolo can help you create the perfect teacher’s gift this year pleas get in touch!
If you would prefer someone else to put together a gift for you, take a look at the shop local handmade page on the website. Here are just a few crafty local Mumblers offering teacher gifts this year.
Here at Bubaloo Creations I provide homemade gifts suitable for all occasions at a price to fit most budgets. From frames, to bottle, lamps, cards and personalised teachers gifts I have got you covered. Come and find me on Facebook on Bubaloo creations, based in York
Let your teacher know you won’t forget them with this range of forget me not gifts. A jar with pressed forget me nots all the way round with candle included to light up inside the jar which creates beautiful shadows. Jigsaw resin keyring for connection and memory and these decorative resin spoons as something unique to treasure. All products are made with real handpicked and hand pressed forget me not flowers by artist Lucy Antwis.
Local illustrator Lucy Monkman has a range of pocket mirrors which are ideal for small gifts for teachers. The pocket mirrors feature a variety of fun animals. They are supplied with a cellophane wrapper and a single sided card with space on the back to write a message. They are available via Lucy’s website priced at £4.00 each or £6.00 for any two of the designs and for all Mainland UK orders postage is included.
Turn the Page Design is a papercrafting business run by Maria in York. She specialises in creating beautiful, colourful, unique artworks, hangings, craft kits and jewellery using handcrafted paper flowers. The inspiration for the designs comes from her love of nature. These make a lovely gifts and an alternative to a bunch of flowers.
Maria also has a passion for books and repurposes old, shabby books giving them a second lease of life. The pages are used as a backdrop for the prints she designs. Books and teachers go hand-in-hand, and Maria has a range of classic book quotes printed onto vintage dictionary pages. These include Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and Little Women to name a few. A perfect teacher gift.
You can visit Maria’s Etsy Shop at www.turnthepagedesign.etsy.com. A hand-written gift message can be included with your order. Use the code YORKMUMBLER10 for a 10% discount.
Looking for a distinctive thank you gift idea for your child’s teacher? Head over to the Tilly and Moo website and review the wide range of products in the “Gifts for Teachers” Collection. There are gifts to suit all budgets, from hanging decorations, to prints and badges. If you would prefer a completely unique thank you gift, check out our bespoke products. They can all be customised to add that personal touch.
“Last year our boys picked some daisies and pressed them, then put them into clear keyrings.”
If anyone has an excuse for drinking lots of coffee, its teachers! C is for caffeine – make or print a personalised label for the jar to say ‘Thank you’.
While we don’t want to believe our child is the one pushing their teacher to drink, this gift is bound to put a smile on their teachers face. Again, personalise with a homemade label or find a free printable online to make it a unique gift. There are lots of local producers of wine, craft beer, gin and other spirits to choose from, check out this list of local retailers for ideas.
“I’m a teacher – get wine! Easy and most appreciated I promise you! A hand made card is also a winner if you want something personal.”
York Gin mini gift sets make a perfect thank you present. Three cute miniature bottles in elegant plastic-free packaging.
Classic Gold collection: London Dry, Outlaw Navy Strength and Old Tom. Classic gins that have won gold in top competitions.
Taste of York collection: Roman Fruit, Grey Lady and Chocolate & Orange. Inspired by York’s incredible history.
Food always makes a great gift, especially if you don’t know what your teachers favourite tipple is! In York we have so many choices from independent chocolatiers and fudge makers to purveroys of fine cheese and chutneys. Why not put together a small food hamper showcasing a selection of the best York has to offer!
Thinking of thanking your teachers for all of their hard work this year? Look no further than Love Cheese.
With a large selection of food and drink themed gifts, there is surely something for everyone. Alternatively, visit the Gillygate store to create a bespoke gift to a budget that suits you.
There is so much on offer in York from dining out and day trips to spa days and local shopping. Why not treat your teacher to a special experience to enjoy over the summer holidays.
“If she has kids of her own, get her a voucher for her to do something with them. As a teacher myself, it’s such a lovely idea. The parents caption the cards with something like… Thank you for making school so much fun for my son.. here’s a little something to make summer fun for yours”.
“I have given book vouchers, coffee vouchers, garden centre vouchers, wine, plants, nail varnish, hand cream.”
There are plenty of local shops that will put together hampers of wonderful food & drink type gifts. Or why not go for something a bit different and put together a pamper hamper with toiletries, candles and nice smellies. If your teacher has a particular hobby or interest that you know about you could put together some thoughtful pieces around a theme such as cycling, walking, comic book characters, crafts or even knitting!
“If you wanted to get them something physical what about a plant for their outdoor area, a book collection for their reading area or a toy to be used by others or a nice hamper of yummy things that can be enjoyed by the team on their breaks.”
Don’t forget a card!
Let your little ones put their art skills to practice and make their teacher a card. Don’t forget to write a special thank you message inside, if your child is able to write their own message even better. For younger students why not ask them to tell you what they love about their teacher and write it down in the card for them.
“As a teacher myself it’s the letters and notes of thanks that actually mean a lot.”
“I am a teacher, wine, homemade cards, books & stationary are great gifts.”
“Gifts are NEVER expected and always gratefully received, but kind words in a card mean the absolute world!”
If you are doing a group gift you might also want to think about a group thank you card. Passing a card around for everyone to sign can be a logistical nightmare and very time consuming to organise. Instead why not give everyone in the class that is contributing a sticky note or plain sticker to write a small message of thanks onto. They can then all be stuck inside one group card for the teacher to enjoy reading.
Finally, help your child give your teacher some praise for the amazing work they have done this year and have a go at completing our ‘Thank You Teacher‘ poster.
Job Done! What’s Next?
Now that’s another job ticked off the to do list, you can move onto planning an awesome summer holiday, we can help you with that too!