Seriously – how quick is this year going? It’s nearly the end of the school year already! Children and teachers across of the country rejoice, whilst, lets face it – us parents are slightly terrified about the thought of keeping these little ones entertained for the next six-to-eight weeks!
So let’s hear it for those teachers that have done such a good job over the last year. I find it hard enough looking after one daughter during the school year and when my son is added into the mix, I can only admire those who can look after classes of 20 to 30 kids and make it look easy!
The “end-of-year-teachers-gift” can be a contentious subject but I hope this blog gives you a few suggestions that may tick your box.
Teachers and Teaching Assistants do such an important job: They nurture, teach, referee, discipline, encourage & support. They care about our “babies”.
Some of you may feel that you would like to buy a teacher gift so here are a few ideas. This is by no means compulsory and do not feel pressure to do so. A THANK YOU and have a nice holiday will always suffice.
I asked a few of my teacher friends what gifts they’ve really liked, and those they haven’t. Unsurprisingly, booze comes out on top! You’re on to a winner with a nice bottle of wine or some beers! Clubbing together is a good idea as it means you can get one really nice present and then the teacher doesn’t receive loads of the same – everyone popping in a small amount will go far further. You could buy a voucher to a beautician, cafe, restaurant or pub so they can enjoy a meal this holiday.
Here are a few ideas of what and where to buy it. All those mentioned are based in Ryedale as I really believe in #shoplocal
The Topiary Tree has a lovely selection of plants and flowers, with shops in Helmsley and Malton – do enquire whether your teacher is jetting straight away on holiday. They have a selection of teacher gifts available with plants from just £3.50. Mini Flower arrangements £5 and Beebombs (seed bombs that are specially chosen to attract bees and create a wild flower patch) at £7.95 which have tags to saying ‘Thank You for Helping Me Grow’.
BEA Loves is a company delivering handmade candles, diffusers and home sprays in Yorkshire. They make the perfect gift for a teacher to say thank you.
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Since Beatrice’s arrival in January 2016 Angela and I have been collaborating ideas on the perfect brand and product that can be enjoyed by all at home and shared with family and friends. Since the unveiling of the candles, diffusers and home sprays in December 2017 at local Christmas fairs the response has been overwhelming and we now look forward to sharing our products with you all.
For that extra special thoughtful touch, Katie at Seeds of Love creates beautiful seed packets filled with lovely little forget-me-not seeds for £2.95 each. With poems designs for teachers, teaching assistants, nursery leavers and even the lollipop lady! They really do melt hearts and will bring back warm memories of your child’s sentimental thanks year after year when the flowers come back!
Be sure to take a look at the website as Katie has some lovely teacher gifts in her ‘Thought-Full’ range too, including the ‘Thank You For Helping Me Grow’ teardrop keyring. And, If you are able to collect, Katie is more than happy to make up a hamper for containing a mini terracotta pot, personalised chocolate bar and a packet of seeds for £10.
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HERE is a link to a few lovely gift ideas for teachers
Peagreen Pottery have a large selection of blank ceramic items that can be decorated by your little ones, for a unique hand-made gift Teachers will love. You can personalise anything with a special message and show off your art skills. Prices start at £5 for coasters and they have mugs, pencil pots, teapots and vases.
Larger items can be taken away with the supplies for the whole class to decorate! Just allow a week before the end of term for the items to be fired and collected.
At the new The Gallery in Malton we have lots of local artists work available, some special handmade teachers gifts and jewellery available all made in Malton, we support local artists and makers in and around North Yorkshire. Over the school holidays we will be having pop up workshops for children and have a programme of events on our Facebook page for adult workshops too. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with what’s in store. From badge making to handmade seed paper there’s so much to do, we will have a drawing table available for anyone who wants to pop in and create something beautiful over the holidays. New exhibitions and artwork throughout the summer. If you are an artist who would like to get in touch and have a workshop in mind we’d love to hear from you contact Christine via firstname.lastname@example.org
All the teachers I asked said they loved homemade cards and gifts as it shows you really care. From candles to food – they loved the thoughtfulness of something made by their pupils. One top tip is homemade millionaires shortbread! This is yummy and it’s so easy to make. Follow the BBC Food recipe for shortbread, cover them in caramel (you could use the Carnation cans), and then pour melted chocolate over the top. To make them look like something you’d see on the GBBO – drizzle a different coloured melted chocolate over the top.
Alternatively, Prepare a teacher “Summer Survival Thank You Bucket.” Children can have fun decorating the bucket and then fill with little treats for the teacher over the summer such as a magazine, sweets, homemade gifts etc.
Others gifts to get a mention are something practical like cotton/canvas tote bags – to carry all that marking home or a book by their favourite author or a reusable coffee mug.
Whatever you decide, I know all teachers will be grateful for whatever turns up on their desks, however large or small, bought or homemade. The most important thing, is that we say THANK YOU.