There can be a lot of pressure on parents to spend money on buying the perfect ‘thank you’ gift for teachers, but you don’t need to blow the budget. We’ve compiled a list of cheap and free gifts for teachers, all under £10.
Why write a card when you can send personalised marshmallows?! Boomf lets you upload your photos onto marshmallow squares or use bespoke designs and messages, all packaged in a neat little box. A box of 2 marshmallows is £7 and shipping worldwide is free!
Leave the box of chocolates on the shelf and say ‘thanks a million’ with this dinky pile of chocolate disguised as millionaire shortbread from notonthehighstreet.com! Made with Belgian chocolate, you can personalise the gift tag with your own message and name of your teacher. They’ll even take care of gift wrapping for you! Alternatively, why not get creative for less in your kitchen? BBC good food has a great recipe to make the real thing.
If you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty, you could make up a brownie jar. Simply gather together the dry ingredients for brownies, weigh them out, then layered them together in a jar so all your teacher has to do is add butter and eggs. You can buy a jar or upcycle one you’ve already used – just be sure to give it a thorough wash and remove the label.
Give your teacher a gold star with a biscuit gift box. Say thank you with a trio of handmade vanilla biscuits decorated with fondant icing, which you can personalise with your own message! Or if you want to get crafty in the kitchen, make your own! If you can’t find the cookie cutter shapes you’re looking for, simply cut out a shape from paper, and score around it onto simple sugar cookie dough! You can pick up icing and food colourings from most supermarkets to decorate them how ever you like!
Teachers often have their hands full…literally. A tote bag is lightweight and perfect for lugging around the tools of the trade, like books and stationery. Why not personalise a tote for your favourite teacher for a gift that’s thoughtful and tote-ally handy! Both Zazzle and notonthehighstreet.com have options under £10.
It’s high on every teacher’s shopping list, so why not do them a favour and up their stationery game. Highstreet store Paperchase and online retailer The Fox and Star, are an Aladdin’s cave of stationery treats, or buy them a personalised pencil case to keep their stationery in!
Whether at home or at school, teachers spend a lot of time at their desk. This quirky vase with a personalised gift tag will brighten up the space, and help bring a little inspiration for that ‘lightbulb moment’. Or you can do it yourself, with these instructions!
If flowers aren’t their thing, why not give a plant instead. Chalkboard plant pots make for a nice personalised gift, and are a whizz to DIY. To make the pot, you’ll need a plant pot and some chalkboard paint. You can paint the whole thing, or just a section if you’ve chosen a colourful or patterned pot. Once the paint has dried, you can write a message of your choosing on the ‘chalkboard’ with chalk. You could include a bag of seeds when you gift it.
Give the gift of caffeine with a gift card to a nearby coffee shop! All the large coffee house chains such as Caffé Nero, Costa Coffee and Starbucks offer gift cards in store for you to load up with whatever amount you wish. You can get crafty with how you gift them with free printable cards and bookmark ideas.
Being a teacher is thirsty work, so why not make them up a gift cup. All you need is a plastic tumbler with a straw – have a look in TK Maxx, Primark or on eBay for plain or patterned options – and a selection of their favourite drinks. Sachets of powdered iced tea or coffee, or cordial make for a great mid-day break!
Rather than buy a box of chocolates, you can make it yourself! With only a small amount of ingredients and only 10 minutes of making time, it’s an easy gift using your store cupboard supplies. If you’d like to make it extra special, you can pick up some chocolate moulds and set the chocolate into fun shapes!
For the ultimate budget gift, if your child is artistically inclined, why not gift the teacher a hand-drawn or painted picture. You could even draw or mount it on cardstock and give it as a thank you card, complete with a handmade – and decorated – envelope.