My Dad is a primary school teacher so the end of term was always a fun time in our house. Partly as we got to have him home with us for the holidays, but mainly because sometimes he would also bring home the school’s BBC computer and my sister and I could play Malory Towers. Malory Towers was the very height of technological sophistication – a text based murder mystery where you had to type in things like ‘go to garden’ and in return would get such edge-of-your seat replies as ‘the gardener is here, do you want to talk to him?’
Nail biting stuff.
What was also quite fun was getting to see all the gifts he brought home at the end of the summer term. I would say it was pretty much a fifty-fifty split between edible things like chocolate oranges and tacky gifts emblazoned with ‘World’s Best Teacher!’ – mugs, coasters, that sort of thing.
Buying a gift for a teacher is really hard though, and generally fairly low down on a parent’s list of priorities, so you can see why as a teacher you might end up with one or two more boxes of Toffifee than you might normally buy for yourself. (Does anyone ever buy Toffifee for themselves?)
It won’t come as a surprise to regular readers that I am normally a typical Toffifee parent, but this year I am ahead of the game. Oh yes, I am already in possession of what could possibly be the coolest teacher gift I have ever seen. It’s Belle’s last term in primary school, so about time I did something right.
For Belle’s teacher this year we have this personalised notebook from James Ellis:
It’s a really lovely site for gifts generally, and you can personalise all kinds of different notebook designs and invitations. At around £10 each they’re a little higher budget than a chocolate orange but then I live in a bit of a yummy mummy part of Bristol so reckon £10 is about right. They are excellent quality and come on, who doesn’t love a notebook?
We chose this one as Belle’s teacher is a really keen cyclist but there are masses of different options. One of my favourites is the typewriter:
There is one tiny issue. I have a feeling that in our class we all chip in for one big present and that actually what I should have done is give one of the other parents a fiver.
What do you buy your teachers at the end of term? Is it every man for himself or to you have a class whip-round?
I was sent this notebook for the purposes of this review. I was still thinking ahead though. It definitely still counts as me being a Good Parent. Apart from the class collection bit. Ignore that.