My children are so blessed with the wonderful carers that are in their lives, from school and pre-school teachers to their swimming instructors. So at Christmas it’s nice to give a little Thank You to those who invest so much time and effort into our kids.
I was reflecting on this though and wondered if this was ‘just something that we do’?
Or is it really a heartfelt thank you in appreciation of someone special?
If it’s a heartfelt thank you, well we could really do that at any time of the year, not just Christmas, but perhaps it’s more of an ‘end-of-year’ thing, and not so much to do with Christmas.
For example, if our school year ended in June/July, we would more than likely do Appreciation Gifts then, and would perhaps not do ‘Christmas Gifts’. I’d really love to know your thoughts.
Now it seems that many of our friends are teachers, so I decided to get some ‘behind the scenes’ information and ask them what they like and don’t like to receive at this time of year.
Here’s their feedback below.
They LOVE receiving:
- Gift Vouchers
- Good quality candles
- Movie Tickets
- Homemade meals
- Pamper packs
- consumables (for their classroom etc)
- Photo frames
- and the ‘drinkers’ said perhaps a drop of their favourite tipple
They (very kindly) mentioned that they didn’t like:
- and the ‘non drinkers’ said alcohol
So here’s a little list I’ve put together of my best Teacher Gift Suggestions…
(You can also see these items and more on this Pinterest Board)
Things that grow
I just love giving plants as gifts, so when I saw this little clip of how to plant up some greenery on Gardening Australia I knew I had to add it to the list.
See the quick clip here on Gardening Australia.
Here’s a little cutie from Made With Love By You:
Yummy In The Tummy
Something edible always goes down well, but just remember to do a little research first. As someone who has a specific diet, it would be a shame to give a gift that they can’t enjoy. So a little ‘recon’ first can’t hurt.
These Cookie Mixes are always a hit whenever I make them, and they’ve certainly soared in popularity in recent years. There are many recipes online, just search Pinterest and there’ll be 100s to choose from, so take a look or buy one pre-made.
These ones are available here.
Or for something a little different, perhaps try a jar full of Bliss Balls? They’re exceptionally good for those who are more health conscious or with special dietary needs, and with the added bonus that they can be easily frozen and enjoyed at a later date, they’re a gift that lasts a long time.
For a simple recipe take a look at the Energy Balls I made a while back.
Essential oils are certainly making a comeback recently, and their health and wellbeing benefits are becoming more well known. I know I’d DEFINITELY love to unwrap a gift like this *wink wink*.
Check out these gorgeous ideas from Jasmine at HELLO HAPPY JOY.
Let your favourite teacher enjoy the holiday season every day with this Christmas Spirit Room Spray. Featuring traditional Christmas scents, including Orange, Cinnamon and Spruce essential oils, this room spray can be used to enjoy the feelings of peace, happiness and comfort all through the home or on the go.
Oh, and I LOVE the idea of creating a relaxing atmosphere in the classroom with lavender and other scents… hows this for an idea:
Lavender is known for its calming and relaxing properties, and is one of the most popular fragrances in the world. This room spray is ideal for any teacher to use in the classroom (and even at home) to create a relaxed and peaceful environment for everyone to experience.
A Gift to Others
Compassion has recently released their new Gift Catalogue for this year, and with prices now starting from $5 it’s easy to give to a greater cause on behalf of someone else.
Take a look at how you can purchase or donate here.
There are obviously SO MANY other ideas that I could have put in here, but I didn’t want this to go on for pages and pages.
So finally, my Top Tips for gift buying are:
– Make it meaningful. Do your best to add a personal touch. Even something as simple as a heartfelt note could brighten up someone’s day.
– Keep it local. Think about those in your direct circles that you might be able to purchase gifts off. Remember that buying from our community keeps the money in our community.
– Plan ahead. Don’t get swamped and stress by last minute trips to the shops (with the hordes), make a list now and set a plan in motion to get it done by a certain date. Then you can sit back and know that it’s all taken care of which gives you more time to enjoy the Holidays and spend time with those close to you.
– Don’t keep up with ‘the Joneses’. Take a step back and think about what you’d like to convey to someone as well as what you think they could really enjoy receiving. Don’t be swayed by the big media marketing and commercialising. Trust your own instincts. For me, I’ll personally be praying about our gifts for that bit of extra guidance.
Q: What is your favourite appreciation gift to give at this time of year?