What Teachers really want for an end of term pressie

A thong, a stolen car radio and a part-drunk bottle of wine feature in a list of the worst end-of-year gifts received by teachers.

As the school year draws to a close, parents will be familiar with the circulation of collection envelopes for teachers and their assistants.

Amid the end-of-term shows and pupil reports, emails will be flying with suggested donations and gift ideas.

And some terrible gifts will be chosen, according to parents network Mumsnet

Its survey of 1,200 teachers and teaching assistants has revealed some givers could not resist getting stuck into the gift before they handed it over - with one teachers saying they had received a half-eaten box of chocolates.

Appropriate gift?

Another recalled being given jewellery that they were absolutely sure had been stolen for them.

While another member of school staff said they had been given another highly inappropriate gift - a tube of lubricating jelly.

About the best gift on the teachers' worst list was a bag of potatoes.

But hard-pressed parents might take comfort from this - according to the survey, what teachers and teaching assistants really want is something personal and cost-free.

A heartfelt personal note from their pupils was the most desired gift, followed by the same from parents or carers.

About half of teachers said they valued any present, but many more worried that parents or carers may feel pressured into contributing to a whole-class gift.


However, about a third of teachers and teaching assistants said they loved to receive gift vouchers.

Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts said: "This feels like a classic gifting struggle: hassled parents trying to do the nice thing but not at all sure what to give - and occasionally going very wrong indeed."

She suggested teachers were "inwardly quaking at an avalanche of scented candles" when they really wanted something cost-free and personal.

"The ideal solution seems to be a low-pressure class collection for a voucher and a scrapbook full of messages from the small people concerned," she added.

Mumsnet said ... 

With another school year over, you may be looking for a way to show your gratitude to your kids teacher for looking after them for the past year. If you're stuck for ideas but don't want to break the bank, then luckily for you we've compiled the ultimate list of gifts that teachers really want, and need.


Just make sure you avoid the mugs.

Brighten up their home with flowers or plants

With the end of term coming at summer then a gift of flowers, or plants for the garden is always well received. A little piece of luxury and a real indulgent treat, flowers will brighten up any home.

Check out M&S' range , which is full of lots of brilliant options, including indoor and outdoor plants, beautiful bouquets, and gift sets . Next door delivery is available so even if you've left it a bit to late they've got your back, and there's a five day freshness guarantee. We love these Summer Brights and Sunflowers gift bags.

A personalised canvas bag is perfect for carrying marking

Marking is as inevitable as the lunch bell. So why not help by gifting their own personalised bag to carry it home in. It'll put a smile on their face every time they use it, the perfect gift.

Not on the high street is full of great options, which are also purse friendly. We've fallen for this tote bag which is fully personisable with loads of symbol and text options , and this cute 'tools for school' bag , a steal at only £10.

Get the ultimate Thank You card

It's the little things, and not much beats the ultimate thank you card.

Funky Pigeon is full of personalised card options, and hundreds of designs. With cards starting from £1.79 and ranges for all types of teachers, including nursery and even teaching assistants, there really is a card for everyone .

Stationary that they'll want to use everyday

No more boring equipment from the stationary cupboard, eye catching stationairy will be the first thing they reach for every day.

How about this bright metallic gold notepad , the perfect inspiration for more gold stars! Or help them to keep everything organised in this cute floral pencil case .

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