With the end of the school year fast approaching, you might have been wondering what to buy your child’s teacher to show them how much you appreciate all the hard work they’ve put in with your little one since September. I have to admit that in the past I’ve been the mum who’s just picked up a cheap box of choccies from the local Co-op the day before the kids break up. And that’s so boring!
This year, though, I was determined to get Oscar’s teacher an extra special present, as we couldn’t have asked for a better person to be teaching him each day. And, in the process of finding a gift for him to give to his teacher, I thought it would be a good idea to include my favourite ones in a blog post. Hopefully, this will give you guys some new ideas for gifts you can give too.
Personalised Wall Art Print – from £4.00
First up, is the actual present I bought for Oscar’s teacher – a beautiful print from my friend Emma’s Etsy shop. The print has lots of different star shapes scattered around it, with the words ‘My teacher is the star who taught me how to shine’ in the middle. The bottom of the print can be personalised with the teacher’s name, pupil’s name and the year. I think it looks fab!
The print comes unframed and is available in A4 and A5 sizes, costing £4.00 and £6.00 respectively. I went for the A4 size, then picked up a cheap white frame from Amazon so that Oscar’s teacher can hang it up if she wants to. I was really impressed with the quality of the print, and I’m confident Oscar’s teacher will love it as much as I do. Thank you so much, Emma!
Personalised Work Hard Dream Big Notebook – from £6.99
If there’s one thing I use every day, it has to be a notebook. And I imagine teachers will be just the same! There are absolutely hundreds of gorgeous notebooks out there at the moment. But the one that’s really caught my eye is this personalised one from Getting Personal.
The front of the notebook is made up of a gorgeous pastel-coloured pattern, and then has the words ‘Work Hard Dream Big’ in gold lettering across the centre. The bottom of the book can also be personalised with the teacher’s name, and there’s plenty of room inside for them to jot down all their notes. I’m sure this notebook would be greatly appreciated by teachers up and down the country. It’s lovely.
Personalised Tin With Biscuits – £14.99
Teachers with a sweet tooth are sure to love this bright pink biscuit tin with shortbread fingers and tie top chocolate chip biscuits inside. Yum! It can be personalised with the lucky recipient’s name, so the rest of the teaching staff know just who the biscuits belong to. And you can add a message from the child at the bottom too.
I love the cartoon cookies that feature at the top of the tin. As someone who loves having a biscuit or two with her evening cuppa, I know this is sure to go down a treat with the majority of teachers. And, when the biccies have gone, she can reuse the tin again and again. What’s not to love?!
LED Light Up Mason Jar – £8.99
Another gift idea I think teachers would love is this super cute LED light up mason jar. Decorating with mason jars is a big thing right now, and the gorgeous blue/green colour of this one is just lovely. Across the centre of the jar are the words ‘Special Teacher. Thanks for making me shine so bright’, and these are surrounded by cute little stars.
Inside the jar lid is a switch to work the LED lights, and when turned on these light up the sentiment just brilliantly. I think any teacher would be proud to display this in their home or classroom. As someone who is obsessed with stars, I love the little wooden tag that hangs down one side. Isn’t it pretty?!
Mug – £12.00
It just wouldn’t be a With love from Lou gift guide without including a mug, would it? So here we have my favourite teacher mug of the year. Yay! It’s from one of my favourite online gift shops, Not On The High Street, and is a plain white ceramic mug with the words ‘Putting the tea in teacher’ across the middle. I love a good pun, don’t you?
The mug has a high-quality gloss finish, as well as a dishwasher proof coating. And I think that any teacher who loves sitting down with a cuppa would love to receive a gift like this. I know I certainly would. Cheers!
Personalised Silver Owl Necklace – £32.00
If you’re looking for a teacher appreciation gift that’s a little more elegant, how about treating them to this stunning silver owl necklace from Lily Charmed? The beautifully detailed owl is perched on a branch and has big beady eyes and a rounded feathered tummy. I think it would make the most perfect gift for a teacher or teaching assistant, and you can even add a personal message card to make it even more unique.
Lily Charmed jewellery comes presented in a beautiful grey gift box tied with green ribbon, and my heart always skips a beat when I unwrap something from them as I just know it’s going to be gorgeous. The little owl would be sure to go down well. And as someone who has this particular piece in her jewellery collection, I can assure you it’s fabulous!
Next up, I’ve picked out this stunning Willow Tree sculpture designed by artist Susan Lordi. This particular piece is called ‘You Are The Best’, and it has been cast from her original carving and then painted by hand. The figurine features an angel holding a shiny red apple, which is a symbol for teacher appreciation. I think it’s absolutely beautiful, and I don’t think many people would buy their teacher a gift like this, so it’s bound to be quite unique.
The figurine comes in a branded gift box with the vellum insert containing a signed note from Susan Lordi and a gift tag including the sentiment: Thank you for making a difference. There is also space on the tag for you or your child to include a personal message. I just love it and think many a teacher would too.
And last but certainly not least, I’ve chosen to include a delicious chocolate hamper from Britain’s favourite confectioner: Thorntons! The hamper is chock full of succulent treats, so there’s sure to be something for everyone inside. I’ve been thinking of getting one of these for Oscar to share among his lovely teaching assistants (and believe me, there’s a lot of them). And I love that you can add a personalised message to one of the sleeves as well.
The hamper contains lots of lovely chocolates including:
- A Box of Milk Classic Collection
- A Box of Dark Classic Collection
- A Box of Milk, Dark and White Classic Collection
- A Box of Toffee, Fudge and Caramel Collection
- A Bag of Strawberry Dream Chocolates
- A Bag of Honeycomb Crisp Chocolates
- A Bag of Chocolate Puddings
- A Bag of Milk Chunky Caramels
- and an Almond Marzipan Chocolate Bar
I don’t think you can get many chocolates tastier than Thorntons ones, so these would be bound to go down a treat in the staff room. It’d be like chocolate heaven!
And there you have it, 8 awesome teacher appreciation gifts for 2018. I hope this post was helpful and gave you some good ideas. If you end up buying any of these items be sure to let me know in the comments below. Or if you have any other suggestions for great teacher appreciation gifts I’d love to hear about them too.