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It’s that time of year again when you feel like you need to show your love to your kid’s teacher for all the amazing things they’ve had to put up with this year.

Now, whatever aisle you fall down (gift or no gift), I generally think that it’s a nice gesture, especially if your kid is leaving pre-school or the school, to say thanks.

I find buying gifts hard though at the best of times, and as a thrifty mum, I don’t want to be spending more than a fiver, but still want to give a useful gift. I mean, how many mugs or candles does one person need?

So here’s 7 different gifts you could give your kids teacher, that will say thank you but won’t have them rolling their eyes and heading straight for the bin!


Get together with the other parents and organize a whip round. Doesn’t have to be much, a fiver each is more than enough.

The teacher and TAs would much prefer a meal out with drinks with the money than another dust collector.

Making a personalized hamper is another great idea. Flowers, perfume, wine, and chocolates all included. Anything left over could go on a shopping voucher.

Staff room essentials is another one. Give them the money to stock up on loads of yummy food and drink for the next school year ahead. Cakes, tea, coffee, sweets, anything like that is good when you’ve had to teach 30 Year R kids all year!

Just buy one card too, and get some plain stickers. Throughout the last few weeks, get all the kids to sign their names on the stickers so you can place them nicely on the card. Stops the card going missing for one, and someone taking up all the space!


I have one word for you; Poundshop. They sell all kinds of high street brands at half the cost. If you have a lot of teachers and TAs to buy for, then a box of Maltseasers each would do it.  Anything sweet, that doesn’t take up room is good!

Another place you probably haven’t looked at is Amazon. They sell Cadbury Milk Tray for under £2.50. The same goes for Roses and Heroes.

Loads of the sharing bags are a pound too, so if you want to make a sweet treat hamper, then Amazon is the place to be.

Consumable Items

I’ve covered food, but what about funky pens or a notebook? Things that take up hardly any space and can be thrown away once used.

Finding fun pens or novelty pens cheap is easy. Ebay or Amazon are my go too, where I can normally pick them up for around 5 pens for a pound.

7 Bargain Teachers Gifts that say "Thank You" Without Breaking the Bank, including a few you won't have heard of, by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums


Tubs are ok, but if all 30 kids did this, the teacher might put B&Q out of business. How about a nice bunch from your local florist, where you could pick and choose what you think the teacher would like?

That way it’s personable but cheap, and takes up no room at all.


Let’s be honest, this is probably the top of most teachers “most wanted” list.

Aldi or Lidl is a great place to buy wine and spirits.

Aldi especially have a great range of white, red, rose and bubbles to pick from, most if not all coming in at a fiver or under. (I can recommend their Prosecco by the way!)

Card with a Heart Filled Message

This is probably the most memorable gift you can give a teacher.

Write down all the reasons why you’re thankful to them. Many will just see it as part of their job, but going above and beyond, and being thanked for it can be really special.

It doesn’t have to be long, or complicated, just a simple “thank you so much for helping blah blah this year. Her reading has come on so far, and that’s all down to your hard work.”

Teachers are human too.

A Hug or Handshake

Thank yous don’t have to come in money form. Just a simple “thank you for all your help this year” is enough for most teachers. They really don’t expect a gift (so Eleanor assures me) and generally just want the kids to be happy.

A simple hug and recognition of all their hard work is enough.

Do you buy your kid’s teachers gifts? How much do you spend? Do you feel pressured into it? Let us know in the comments below.

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