Forget mugs and Quality Street, teacher gifts have been getting out of control in some (admittedly private) schools with Prada bags, vintage wine and iPads exchanging hands (yes, really!) Ignoring that craziness, it is nice to show appreciation for an excellent teacher, so we’ve compiled a list of stylish ideas that won’t break the bank.
Personalised pencils, from £4.99, Pobble & Ping. I can’t get enough of these pencils. I’ve ordered a set with Enid Blyton sayings on for Alfie’s teacher with some cool stationery.
Livework pattern pens, £2.95, The Fox & Star. No one in history has ever not been delighted with a patterned pen.
Letterpress timetables, £1.75, Present & Correct. Great vintage designs for modern organisation. Chic desk and wall planners are also thoughtful.
Owl & Cat Designs Personalised Pamper Bag, £37.95, Not on the High Street. Because anyone who spends their days with 30 children is in need of a pamper.
Happy Jackson sticky notes, £3.99, Mollie & Fred. Stationery is a fab and useful gift – think about how much the average reception teacher gets through in a term (Alfie came home with 15 stickers on his top one day!)
Five A Day Apple noticeboard, £29.50, Jolly Smith. A twist on the traditional apple, this would make a cute addition to a classroom.
Coated cotton book bag, £20, Anorak. I’ve bought book bags for a few teacher friends and they’re always appreciated.
Grand Slam Chocolate Library, £24.99, Montezuma’s. If you’re going to give chocolate – make it a library.
Why My Teacher is Brilliant book, £15.95, Lou Brown Designs. Lovely idea that can be personalised, then completed by your child.
Star necklace, £19.50, Bodie and Fou. Just like the stickers that teachers dole out, I’d like one of these myself!