May 20, 2022
Teachers are amongst the best humans on the planet in our humble opinion. If there was anything that lockdown showed us through the delights of home-schooling, it was that teaching just your own child or children was quite the thing, let alone facing 30 small ones every day!
As we approach the end of another school year, our thoughts turn to teacher (and teaching assistant!) thank you gifts. Choosing the perfect way to say thank you can be tricky, and sometimes time consuming, so here's what we know.
We asked teachers on our social channels what gifts they genuinely love to receive and the responses were lovely.
Many of the teachers we asked said that a gift that reminded them of the specific child was really meaningful. Thoughts included a card or product that had a child's drawing on. Or a message on a gift that included the child's name or a joke they and the child shared. My son's teacher in year two absolutely loved helping the class learn their times tables with Percy Parker songs. He drew a picture inspired by the nine times table song and we printed it on to a keyring for her. It really made her laugh when he handed it over on the last day of term.
The second most popular mention in our teacher survey was for something really useful, and lots of teachers specifically mentioned notebooks! We're not surprised by this at all. Our best selling notebooks by far, are the teacher notebooks. Not only are they beautiful to look at, hold, and write in, but you can also add the teachers' name on the front. In fact, most of notebooks can be personalised to suit teachers and teaching assistants. We're guessing they make LOTS of notes and lesson plans so these vegan luxury notebooks will also be warmly welcomed.
Many of our teachers said that a simple "thank you for teaching my child" was all they needed. They loved messages the child had written themselves (finally, some writing that doesn't need to be marked!). Our beautiful greetings cards for teachers are a lovely way to say that all important thank you.
Inevitably, wine featured in the list, with about a quarter of the teachers polled saying that sometimes a little bottle of something nice went down well. Delicious! Surprisingly, not many teachers mentioned chocolate. Maybe they get quite a lot of choccy goodness in their lives already.
Lots of our teachers said that flowers were a popular gift, but some were sad that that was not a lasting memento of the children in their care. We thought long and hard about that and think we have the perfect answer. Our new flower coasters have the beauty of flowers, but are much longer lasting in their wooden form. With the addition of a personalised message on the back of the coaster it becomes truly heartfelt. And all the teachers we know always have a cuppa on the go so it's a very useful gift too.
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