Since my eldest started school in 2006 I’ve seen a big growth in the end-of-year presents for teachers and teaching staff. At this time of year it’s impossible to set foot in any card shop (or even our village post office) without seeing a rack of ‘thank you teacher’ cards and accompanying gifts. While I think it’s a lovely sentiment to say thank you to the people who educate your children I struggle with the idea of presents. It’s not that I don’t think the teachers and TAs aren’t worth a thank you gift. It’s just the type of mass-produced presents that are out there and the pressure I feel as a parent to purchase these gifts.
Some schools have a policy of asking parents to donate a certain amount of money to purchase one larger present for the teacher which is a nice idea but can be a struggle financially. A group of my friends get together every year to make scones and homemade jam for their children’s teachers which is a lovely sentiment – and a joy to eat!
As you would imagine there are whole pinterest boards devoted to these gifts (okay I confess I created one too and at one point was convinced I was going to make loads of apple shaped gift boxes out of plastic bottles). In the US it seems even worse with ‘back to school’ gifts and a whole teacher appreciation week.
In the end I copied what I did last year and created some simple thank you cards online which I wrote with the girls. I also blatantly stole my friend’s idea and made a hamper of tea, coffee and biscuits for the staffroom so that all the staff and teachers who have helped my girls through the years could receive a thank you too.
What are your thoughts on teacher’s presents?