Christmas gifts for teachers don’t need to cause you stress. Here’s our rundown of easy and thoughtful gifts that teachers will really appreciate.
There are a lot of people you need to thank when it comes to the end of the year, and your kids’ teacher is probably close to the top of that list. The best gifts for teachers are realistically your children's undivided attention in class, but failing that, here are some easy and thoughtful options that won’t break the bank. Before you decide on a present, it’s a good idea to check your school’s gift policy – this can vary from state to state.
Homemade gifts from the kitchen
Gifts made in the kitchen, with the help of the kids, will always be appreciated, especially if the gift can go towards the teacher’s own Christmas celebrations. A traditional Christmas cake is one of the best teacher Christmas gift ideas: it stores well, is easy to transport and tastes great. Gift it with a card that explains how to store it (in an airtight container in a cool, dark spot) and suggest your teacher serves it on Christmas night with a glass of muscat or port.
For more inspiration, check out this collection of edible gift ideas. Something that will last a while, like peach and thyme jam or mango chutney, makes the most sense as it can be stored and used right across the festive period.
Easy to assemble DIY hampers
If making a gift from your kitchen at this time of year is just all too much, consider a DIY Christmas hamper that you can pull together from the aisles at Coles. It’s still personal, the kids can get involved and it shows thoughtfulness and care.
Some simple ideas include a self-care hamper with a lip balm, a nice smelling hand wash and a body wash. If you know the teacher likes baking, go for a rose gold-coloured cake pan filled with cooking utensils like a fun coloured spatula and cute cupcake liners.
A BBQ kit is another great idea: grab a set of big foil baking trays (always handy!) and fill it with barbecuing utensils like tongs, a spatula and a BBQ brush. Throw in an oven mitt and apron to complete the gift. Check out these hamper ideas, too (there’s a great idea for a summer drinks hamper.)
The best gift cards for teachers this Christmas
The reason gift cards are always popular is that they let the recipient choose their own present, and after teachers have received 15 boxes of chocolate and 10 coffee mugs, a gift card can be a welcome relief. Set the limit you feel comfortable with – remember this is a token of appreciation so you don’t need to spend millions – then choose your gift card. Coles Group Gift Cards are super versatile because they can be used in so many places like Coles supermarkets, Myer, Target, Kmart, Officeworks, Liquorland, Vintage Cellars and First Choice Liquor. You can also pick up gift cards for other retailers, too, like Bunnings and Apple.
This comes down to your budget and, of course, the teacher. If you can make it personal and tailor it to the teacher’s preferences, great. If you can’t, then go for something simple and thoughtful, but steer clear of generic gifts like coffee mugs that will probably end up in the school staffroom.
While there’s no set amount appropriate for a teacher’s gift, aim for around $10–$30. Each state’s education department has regulations around what teachers can accept, with the common allowed cut-off point being the $50 mark. Check the rules in your state and, if in doubt, ask your school what’s appropriate.
Not at all - we all feel the pinch at this time of year. A gift card is a great option as you can set your own limit. You can even add a note in the card that says something like, “Here’s a small gift to thank you for the year. Hoping you can put it towards something nice.”