A little Christmas shopping help....
“One lovely, and very unique, gift I have received from a parent was food for the day! The mum wrote a little note thanking me for my hard work and told me not to bother bringing lunch the next day. I was utterly intrigued, but did as I was told and, sure enough, lunch was provided. The daughter brought in a paper bag (decorated) with a beautiful, homemade morning tea and lunch,” she says.
Here are the top teacher treat ideas for you to borrow this year:
- A platter of summer Christmas fruits for the staffroom is a great alternative to boxed chocolates.
- Homemade chocolates – you can buy Christmas inspired moulds from most Lincraft or Spotlight stores and you can add flavoured fillings or desiccated coconut for something extra special. Complete by wrapping in some coloured cellophane and ribbon.
- Personalised coffee mugs – Design a Cuppa is a great Aussie website that allows you to choose your own design and message.
- Christmas ornaments are always a hit – engrave or write your child’s name and year.
- Homemade rocky road – follow the Essential Kids recipe and to make smaller versions spoon into a cupcake tray before you refrigerate and then get creative with the wrapping.
- Homemade cookies – get the kids to decorate a biscuit tin and help you bake a yummy selection.
- Get all the parents to throw in for a Westfield gift voucher and add a huge card for all the kids to sign
- Charity donation – choose an education related charity gift for developing countries, UNICEF has some great options to choose from.
- A basket of home baked goods for the staffroom.
- Create a photo album of all the kids in the class and get them to write a personalised message next to their photo.
- Movie vouchers are sure to be a hit – You can purchase online at Hoyts and Greater Union or why not support your local family theatre.
- Personalised stickers – My Stickers 4 U has a great range to choose from.
- Make their teacher lunch for the day complete with a decorated lunch bag from your child.
- Choose a humorous T-shirt from Threadless - a great idea for male teachers.
- Frame one of your child’s artworks.
- A personalised notepad
- A bottle of wine - but remember not everyone drinks wine so best to do your homework.
- Stationary is always a necessity in teaching – Kikki K has a great selection.
- Scrabble fridge magnets
- Kids art hangers
- Beautifully packaged Flower seeds
Kids love to be involved in choosing presents and for an extra special personal touch: get them to leave their mark on the gift. Whether that is by making a card or painting a picture, it is the memory that the teacher will treasure the most.