The end of term is fast approaching but before you panic for ways to keep your brood entertained for 6 weeks this summer there’s one very important task ahead of you as a parent of primary school aged kiddos…organising a gift for their teacher.
In a year that has been like no other teachers have pivoted and rallied to keep curriculums following both in the classroom and at home, anyone with school aged children will have seen the gigantic effort taken by teachers to keep our children engaged and learning as the world handles a pandemic. With many teachers experiencing increased workloads in order to balance a home based learning schedule with a separate class based learning schedule and none of the usual interaction or social stimulation, you wonder how they’ve stayed sane.
So how do you say thank you for that? A candle just doesn’t cut the mustard this year, does it?!
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Save yourself, and fellow mums and dads, from a lengthy decision-making process with countless WhatsApps pinging back and forth and give your children’s teacher the gift of choice with a REDS Gift Card.
A REDS Card works just like any other prepaid gift card but solely supports small rural and island businesses in Scotland who now, more than ever, need our support and collective spending power.
REDS Cards can be spent either in store or online with over 200 businesses spread across every corner of Scotland selling unique experiences, one of a kind artworks, gifts, food, homewares and accessories.
Opt for a REDS Card and know that your gift is working 2 fold: Not only will teachers thank you for giving them the power to choose what goodies they’d like, but you can also feel great about choosing to direct your money into Scotland’s crippled rural economy as they fight to re-emerge from the effects of COVID.
Thank your teacher whilst supporting small businesses and give them a world of choice with where and how they can spend their gift card.
Purchase a REDS Card, top up to any value and have it posted directly to the recipient here.
You can even use Collection Pot as a free and secure system to gather money from other parents and purchase the REDS Card directly through the service – making a group gift easier than helping your children with their homework.
Here is just a teeny sample of some of the amazing experiences, artwork, homewares and accessories that can be purchased with a REDS Card.
For the stationery, loving teacher, shop colourful clothing, prints and upcycled furniture from slow fashion designer Cornelia Weinmann’s range, ‘Pencils’.
This range of appliqued garments, upcycled furniture and prints from textile designer and upcycler Cornelia Weinmann was made for teachers!
Pencils Chair £65.00 each Close up of pencil detail
Pencils applique top £122.00
Whether creating unique applique designs with second hand fabrics or upcycling furniture to give it a new lease of life, Cornelia practices slow fashion and creates the most colourful and joyous garments, artwork and homewares.
Browse all of Cornelia’s designs here: https://www.perthshire-artisans.scot/shop?By+Artisan=Cornelia+Weinmann
All of Cornelia’s work can be purchased with a REDS Card.
For the thrill seeking outdoorsy teacher, choose from mountain bike excursions, bushcraft experiences or disappear to the Scottish island of Canna for a summer retreat.
The REDS Card boasts lots of outdoor providers which your child’s teacher can enjoy throughout their summer staycation here in Scotland.
From pitching up at the Canna Campsite on the isle of Canna to escape the mainland for a few days of island life.
To zooming up and down the mountain biking trails around Dunkeld in Perthshire on a top of the range electric mountain bike from Progression Bikes.
Or getting wild with axe throwing, spear making and bushcraft activities with the outdoor adventure specialists, Do it Outdoors in Auchterarder.
Whatever outdoor pursuit gets your kids teacher’s heart racing, they can purchase it with a REDS Card.
For the jewellery crazed teacher, shop the contemporary and lightweight designs by Scottish jewellery studio Wear With Grace
Getting back into the classroom is a chance to dress properly for work once again – who would have thought we would miss that?!
Teachers can treat themselves to a beautiful, hand made piece of contemporary jewellery from boutique Perthshire brand, Wear With Grace.
These are just a few of the stunning pieces in the hybrid collection by Wear With Grace which marries the matt and dextrous material of polymer clay with sterling silver.
Clever designs such as the Dismantle Stud (shown below) are designed to be worn either with or without the clay element.
Dismantle Stud £27.50
Nude Wave Hoop Earring £17.50 Wrap Hoop Earring £17.50
Geo Pattern Hoop Earring £17.50 Assorted Hoop Earrings (prices from £17.50)
“You can’t convince me hoop earrings don’t hold some kind of power. Want to conquer the world? Hoop earrings.” – Laura Grace Caldwell, Owner and Designer of Wear With Grace.
See all of Wear With Grace’s collection here: https://www.perthshire-artisans.scot/shop?By+Artisan=Laura+Grace+Caldwell
All of Wear With Grace’s work can be purchased with a REDS Card.
For the chocolate obsessed teacher, happily drown in artisan made chocolates and workshops from Taystful.
Indulge in artisanal chocolates made by a master, or take your passion for the dark stuff to a new level by joining one of Taystful owner and chef Shona Sutherland’s popular chocolate or patisserie courses.
Browse all the chocolates, cakes, ebooks and courses on offer with Taystful here: https://www.taystful.co.uk
All can be purchased with a REDS Card.
For the teacher who is potty for pots, shop minimalist ceramic pieces that add instant style to your home
Ceramicist Nicola McCabe excels at producing one of a kind pieces that have a minimal aesthetic and ooze quiet luxury.
Let the flicker of candlelight reveal a mountain scene as the nights close in with this beautifully minimalist cutaway tealight holder.
Candle Holder £18.00 available in 3 colourways
Say hello to Summer with these cheerful bumble bee design plant pots
Bee Cactus Pot £13.00 available in a range of sizes
Bee Large Plant Pot £28.00 available in a range of sizes
See all of Nicola’s designs here: https://www.perthshire-artisans.scot/shop?By+Artisan=Nicola+McCabe
For the teacher who is hot drinks obsessed.
Whether your child’s teacher loves collecting unusual mugs, trying new tea blends or decorating their home with hot drink related artworks there is no shortage of hot drink paraphernalia that can be shopped using a REDS Card.
‘Courage Dear Heart’, lino print (£25.00) ‘Morning Cuppa’ lino print (£25.00)
A collection of lino prints to celebrate the little things inspired by our time in lockdown by Anna Malyon, Perthshire Artisans https://www.perthshire-artisans.scot/shop?By+Artisan=Anna+Malyon
Crofter Tea Set, from Tiree Tea (£17.50) Machair Tea Set from Tiree Tea (£17.50)
Tea blends from the Isle of Tiree with a touch of island magic.
Available from Tiree Tea on the online marketplace Isle20 https://www.isle20.com/market/tireetea/
Dancing Prawns Mug from Andrew Hunter, Perthshire Artisans (£12.50)
Grand Homard Mug from Andrew Hunter, Perthshire Artisans (£12.50)
Quirky mug designs from abstract artists Andrew Hunter, Perthshire Artisans.
Shop all these items and more with a REDS Card.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg folks!
To give your children’s teacher the best end of term gift to thank them for their incredible efforts this year whilst making a socially conscious effort to support businesses who need it most, give them a REDS Card.
Purchase a REDS Card here.