The gifts that teachers don’t want to receive

It’s that time of year… school is almost over and it’s time to say “thanks” to teachers and school staff.

Whilst I was putting together my “Ideas for teachers gifts guide” I also discovered the things that teachers do not want to be gifted.

The top five most unwanted gifts

If you genuinely want to gift something thoughtful then you should avoid these at all costs

Mugs: Probably an obvious choice for a teacher gift, with a plethora of options available from generic “best teacher” to more personalised options. But it’s quite likely that the teacher already has a stash of mugs in the cupboard a home or in the staff room that was gifted to them in the past.

Candles: Although you may be wishing for a calm and relaxing time off by offering scented candles, your choice of scent may not be to the recipient’s taste and again teachers are gifted these often. It’s another item that will probably end up not being used.

Clothes: Everyone has their own personal style and unless you know the teacher well enough to match that with a clothing gift, it is best to avoid these especially as buying the correct size can be tricky and you don’t want to accidentally cause offense by gifting oversized clothing.

Alcohol: You may be tempted to spoil your child’s teacher with a bottle of champagne at the end of term, but gifts like these are only appropriate for special occasions, like retirement or moving onto pastures new for example.

Everyone has their preference when it comes to alcohol and there are also those who do not drink alcoholic beverages. Gifts of this nature run the risk of being stowed away never to be consumed or worse, re-gifted to someone else or put into the fundraising raffle.

Cosmetics, Perfumes, and Toiletries: This is another opportunity to accidentally cause offense so avoid making a faux pas by skipping these kinds of gifts. Your child may want to show adoration for his teacher with a bottle of perfume but the scent may not be appealing to her, or allergies could also be an issue so it’s best to avoid these types of gifts.

Now you can forget that bad grade and get an A+

So now you know what-not-to-buy you may need a little inspiration before you take your kids shopping for teacher gifts, so why not have a look at the “end of school gifts guide” for some ideas to discuss with your children before you commit to purchasing anything. You’ll both get an A* for gifting and the teacher will be over the moon with their gift

What do you think?

Are you a teacher? What are the worst gifts you have received? What was the best? Is there something you would add to this list?

Parents, I’d love to know what you think about this subject too, so join in the conversation in the comments below.

à bientôt