We all know how hard teachers work. As well as the actual teaching, there’s marking, planning, school trips, after school clubs and projects. A 2019 UCL study found that 1 in 4 teachers work more than 60 hours a week. 40% of teachers work in the evenings and 10% do more work at weekends. And it’s not only teachers who are making a positive difference to children’s lives, it’s teaching assistants, learning support assistants, learning mentors, headteachers, support staff and more. With the end of the school year coming up, we’ve got 4 of the best teacher gifts for 2022 – so you can say thank you with a present they’ll love.
1. A thank you card. The best present you can get for a teacher is actually a thank you. A handwritten note or card telling them that their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, and the impact they’ve had on your child’s life will be appreciated more than you could know. Teachers report that it’s the notes and cards that they tend to keep, as a little reminder of why they do the job they do.
2. A gift card. Buying physical gifts for teachers is tricky. Do they drink alcohol, do they have cupboards overflowing with gift sets, and have they already got 5 mugs in the staffroom kitchen? Gift cards are one of the top gifts for teachers because they offer universal appeal and give teachers the choice to buy a gift they need and would like. Choose a Town & City Gift Card for your local area, and your teacher has the best of local businesses with one gift card. They’re available from just £5, so you can go it alone or club together with other families for a bigger teacher gift.
3. A handmade gift. A teacher gift doesn’t have to cost a lot. Most teachers and teaching staff will appreciate the time and effort that goes into making a handmade gift. Handmade and heartfelt gift ideas include asking each child in the class to say what they like about their teacher – printing and framing the results (check out Pinterest for ideas). Or how about a hand-painted picture from your child, flowers from the garden tied with a ribbon or a thank you video from the class?
4. A gift for the classroom. A 2019 NASUWT survey found that 1 in 5 teachers regularly use their own money to buy school supplies. So, if you want to get a really useful present for a teacher, it may be worthwhile asking if there’s something they’d like for the classroom, like books or art materials. Remember that most Town & City Gift Cards include shops where teachers can pick up supplies, giving them the choice to spend their gift card on items for the classroom if they wish.
Find a Town & City Gift Card near you, so you can treat a teacher today!