The summer holidays are a point of the year that all pupils look forward to. Even if you have had a great year of school the holidays are a well earned break. Well, it's not just you, the student, who needs a holiday. Your teachers work hard all year too and they look forward to kicking back and relaxing for a few weeks over the summer just the same as you. When it comes to thanking your teacher for a year of excellent education there are some great teacher gifts
out there and the choices go far beyond a traditional red apple! Whether you have been a model student or a class clown this year, you are bound to want to thank your teacher for the year.
If you want to get your teacher something they can enjoy throughout the holidays but at pocket money prices you should take a look at personalised presents. These are unique, can cost less than a tenner and will mean far more to your teacher than something that is ten times the price. A great place to start would be to think of something the teacher could really use, not just through the summer holidays but during the next school year.
A notebook is always a good option when it comes to teacher gifts. There are a number of personalised notebooks, all for around a fiver. A Drama teacher might get a kick out of a notebook with a Hollywood star on the front, emblazoned with their name. There are also themed notebooks ideal for Art teachers, English teachers and Maths teachers along with more general school-themed notebooks.
Other personalised gifts that can be bought at pocket money prices include bars of chocolate that can be personalised in the same way as the notebooks. Nothing keeps your teacher sweeter than delicious milk chocolate, right? And if you want to get your teacher something even sweeter than that, there are a number of different jars of retro sweets which can have their labels personalised. With a jar of sweets that says thank you you will be remembered every time they pull out a tube of Refreshers or handful of flying saucers.
Mugs, calendars and key rings can all be personalised and cost under a tenner. A personalised calendar is something that can be used the following year and every time they mark down a birthday, anniversary, school trip or homework deadline, your teacher will remember you. If you have noticed your teacher is a big tea drinker in the classroom then they probably are at home too. Surprise them with a personalised tin of finest tea bags. It will take pride of place on their desk and in their kitchen and will complement a personalised mug perfectly. Your teacher will remember you for all the right reasons if your thank you present is something they can use long after you head off to the next class, college, university and beyond.
An obvious option for Mrs Smith and Miss Phillips would be a gorgeous bunch of flowers. They look beautiful on a desk and what lady doesn't love to receive flowers? But a bunch of flowers will only last about a week and the holidays have barely even started after a week. There are loads of alternative teacher gifts
that have the same effect and will be beautiful throughout the holidays. If you know that your teacher is the green-fingered type then you can buy them a plant that they can plant themselves in the garden. For less than £20 you can buy a gift box that contains a unique pack of rose seeds that you can name yourself officially. The rose seeds are registered with the name you choose. Your PE teacher could have a rose in their garden for years to come named the 'Jumping Jacks' rose variety. By the time you go back to school the rose could be taller than you are!
Finally, when you give your teacher their gift why not accompany it with a personalised card? From apples to alphabets, there are plenty of themed cards that will say thanks to your teacher. They can be personalised to include the teacher's name on the front, something that is far more memorable than an ordinary shop-bought standard card, although it costs the same. They will have it pinned up all summer. You can even turn the tables on the teacher and get them a personalised report card. This is actually just another thank you card but the front is designed to grade the teacher on their prowess this year in subjects such as patience, sense of humour and being firm but fair (of course, the grades are excellent). The report card has their name at the top and will be guaranteed to raise a smile. Not bad for less than £3!
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