It’s almost that time of year: where we gift our kid’s teachers with a small token of our appreciation for having put up with our offspring all year long. But what makes the perfect teacher prezzie? We’ve got a few ideas.

Buying presents for our kids’ teachers brings a whole lot of pressure. Maybe it’s because there’s no gift big enough to show how grateful we are that they choose to deal with our children on a day-to-day basis? Or, because we know that they’ll be getting dozens of gifts from other grateful parents, and we want ours to stand out?

Whatever the reason, it has us madly scrolling through Pinterest for hours on end on the hunt for ideas as awesome as they are. This year, these are the gifts we’ll be giving…

Something fun
Your child’s teacher has worked hard all year, and now it’s time for them to let off some steam – why not pick a present that will help them do exactly that? Take an Event Cinemas voucher to the next level by packaging it up in a popcorn box with some movie treats – we’re talking Maltesers, microwave popcorn and Skittles – or gift them a spa voucher with some fluffy slippers or a scented candle. If you’re not sure what they’re interested in, go for a voucher that covers a lot of ground – like RedBalloon, Best Gift Card or Westfield – and give them a smaller, tangible gift that relates to the voucher. A bottle of wine for a restaurant gift card, a cute tote bag for shopping or a disposable camera for happy snaps if you’ve given them something adventurous.

Something personal
Monogramming is the perfect way to add an extra personal touch to your teacher gift, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can give. How about getting their initials engraved on a luxe stationery set from Kikki K or the Daily Edited, or a Frank Green reusable coffee cup? All three offer either year-round or seasonal monogramming services, so there’s no need to make the extra effort to take the items to an engraver. If you’re after something they can take to school with them year after year, why not opt for a personalised lunchbox? DiVinyl Labels do gorgeous labels for kids and adults, with colours like gold glitter, copper and seafoam just some of the options available.

Something special
A good teacher leaves a lasting impact on a child, so it makes sense to give them a present that will last. Something seasonal like a beautiful – or even customised – Christmas tree decoration will have them feeling warm and fuzzy year after year, while a note or handmade gift from your child will mean the world to them. If in doubt, opt for a group present! Pool your money to get them something really special, or have all the children pitch in to make something cool: think a collage of photos with each child holding up what they love about their teacher or a book with their favourite memories from the year. If two heads are better than one, think what thirty-odd heads can come up with…

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