The end of the school year is in sight which means 6 whole weeks of the kids at home! It also means navigating the thank you gifts for teachers too. Go too flashy and it looks like a bribe, grab a “best teacher” mug and it will be added to the 50 they already have. So what should you buy as a thank you gift for the teacher that has just spent the last year supporting your child with their academic learning, social and emotional development and no doubt listened to them tell the same story 500 times?
Well, here are a few ideas that I think make great thank you gifts for teachers and the best bit is that they all come in at under £20, some considerably under.
Arran mini gift sets make lovely presents. The ‘after the rain’ is their signature scent of lime, rose and sandalwood and smells divine. These sets only cost £10 and contain a 30ml Bath & Shower Gel, Shampoo, Body Lotion and Soap. Arran also have unisex and men’s mini gift sets too.
A sweet treat is always a well received gift. The key is to find out what the teachers favourites are. Do they like fudge? Pick and Mix? Chocolate? Are they vegan? Once you know this head to Candy Roo for a fabulous selection of pouches filled to the brim with delicious treats, including vegan options. Pouches start from as little as £6.49 or you can opt for a 1,600g jar at £18.99.
Since the pandemic most people, especially those that are customer (student) facing, wash their hands more than ever before. This can be harsh on the skin and leave them looking dry so why not give your child’s teacher the gift of a nice hand wash that they can either leave in their classroom or use at home. This 300ml bottle of natural hand wash from Made Kind comes in at £15 and is available in Lavender & Geranium or Orange Blossom & Grapefruit.
As well as the natural hand washes Made Kind also create aromatherapy soy wax candles, so if the hand wash doesn’t seem right for your child’s teacher then maybe they would prefer one of these. You can chose from Unwind, Awaken and Focus and they cos £18.
Reed diffusers make lovely gifts and these ones from Manchester Home and Living are a bargain at £13. They have 9 different scents to choose from including this lovely Tranquil one that is made up of Rose and Patchouli. Each one comes in a 100ml resealable glass bottle with 6 reeds.
These are a rather unusual gift idea and something I haven’t seen before. They are reed diffuser toppers, available in packs of 5 with either a rose design or sunflowers. They are perfect if you know your teacher has a reed diffuser already, or at £9.99 you could even buy them the above diffuser to go with the toppers.
Bath salts also make a wonderful gift and these ones from Manchester Home and Living are no exception. They are available in 6 scents including the Tranquil range which is rose scented. You can order them in three sizes and they range in price from £6.99 – £16.99.
For the teacher that loves flowers or gardening then these eco pots are a must. They’re made from sustainable bamboo fibres and are 100% biodegradable. You get three pots and a tray available in a selection of styles for £19.99. They would look great in the classroom and you could always pop some packets of forget me knots seeds in too as an extra cute touch.
I hope this post has given you some inspiration when it comes to shopping for your thank you gifts for teachers that have helped your children this year and remember it is not about the amount you spend on the gift but about the thought that has gone in to it. Buying them something you know they will like or use shows you have taken the time to listen to them this year and that will make them feel appreciated. Don’t forget to encourage your child to make them a thank you card too with a little hand written note inside about what they are thankful for. Cards like that mean the world to teachers, trust me I used to be one!