As the wife of a teacher, at Christmas time we are usually inundated with gifts from my husband's students, which is so lovely! While I love the wine and chocolates, here are some things you may not think to get for your child's teacher, but I can guarantee they will really appreciate them!
We are constantly spending money from our own pocket to buy various things for the classroom or students. Teacher's are not paid all that well to begin with, and then they are expected to buy all sorts of things from their salary because most schools are unfortunately underfunded and don't have the money to buy all those little extra's that really make your kid's primary school experience! The same thing can be said for day care and high school.
Here are some ideas for presents for the teacher this Christmas (as approved by an actual teacher)!
1. Books! Picture books, reading books... as long as they are aimed at children, they will go down well! My husband has set up a reading corner in his classroom and stocked it with second hand books, but he's always looking for more or trying to replace the ones that are falling apart.
2. Stationary. Coloured paper, laminating paper, textas..... Better yet - why not pick up a gift voucher to one of those big stationary shops like Office Works. It bound to be appreciated!
3. Craft supplies. Pipe cleaners, little pompoms, felt, craft sticks.... whatever crafty thing you can think of, it'll be used in the classroom. Maybe come up an age-appropriate craft activity and give the teacher all they would need to carry it out with the class.
4. A science experiment hamper. Want to get a little creative? My husband loves doing science experiments with the kids, whether its growing beans or creating vinegar and bi-carb volcanos. On a regular basis he hunts out bits and pieces to do fun and educational experiments. Maybe look up a few age appropriate activities and put all the bits and pieces it needs in a little basket.
5. Small appliance. By which I mean a printer or laminator. You know those really cheap printers that retail for $20-30. Well we go through several of those a year, because once the ink runs out its cheaper to buy a new one than get a new ink cartridge. The amount of laminating we do is really putting our laminator through its paces and it surely wont last much longer. Just another thing we buy ourselves so my husband can do his job educating our future generation. Maybe pool with another mum if its a bit much to buy on your own.
What do you normal get for your child's teacher for Christmas? Are you the creative gift giver? The wine and chocolates givers? Or are you a yummy homemade maker? I hope this has given you some different and great ideas! Give one of these to you child's teacher and you're likely to be the most popular parent at school!
But don't worry, if you can't get one of these things, chocolate and wine is still always welcome. Long suffering wives of teachers definitely appreciate these!
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... and don't think you have to get the teacher something, but its definitely appreciated!
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