There are always the classic teacher presents, like coffee mugs with some delicious fair trade tea or hot chocolate, or a nice tote bag or notebook, although your class teacher might end up with more mugs than they know what to do with. So we've come up with some great alternative gifts for teachers.
Finding the perfect gift for anyone can be tough and its often easy to fall back on the old favourites like chocolate, bath treats or a gift card. Homemade gifts from children are obviously lovely but you might want to stick to a card as although teachers are wonderful at accepting gifts from students there are only so many cupcakes and homemade cookies you can eat before they go off.
Obviously, at Babame we think that a great gift is one that as good for the planet as it is for the recipient. With that in mind, we have compiled a few lovely gifts from students that teachers can put to good use and are either good for reducing waste or have been made from recycled materials.
As holiday time approaches you'll likely be looking for Christmas gift ideas for all sorts of people including teachers. While handmade Christmas cards from the children are always going to go down well we have lots of other lovely ideas that are a bit different to dry erase markers or Pinterest projects with scrapbook paper and pipe cleaners that you probably don't have time for.
The Nkuku Tiny Kiko Frames are super cute, handmade and fairly traded. They make lovely Christmas decorations or can be hung on a wall and come in a set of four which could be split between teachers. These would also make lovely alternative gift tags. Then you just need to get the glue or pens out and you have a lovely personalised gift that won't take up too much space and will last for years.
Socks! Everyone wears them and they are a classic Christmas gift for anyone that's hard to buy for. These bamboo socks by Thought clothing are super soft, luxurious to wear and come in lots of great patterns. The ideal gift that is practical, usable and in this case eco-friendly too.
Clubbing together with other parents and making a gift basket is also a lovely way to make sure your child's class teacher doesn't get multiple best teacher Christmas presents. If you know the teacher well a few bath treats might be a winner, some fair trade chocolate is always going to go down well, a bottle of something if you know they drink and any money left over can be turned into a gift certificate.
A lovely idea if you do this would be to get a mason jar and fill it with little notes from all the children because when all is said and done its not the monetary value but the acknowledgement that all their hard work is appreciated that really counts.