There is an expression “Apple for the Teacher” and I assume in the olden days if you wanted to ingratiate yourself to the teacher your would give him or her an apple. When I was at school we didn’t have an apple tree nor did it ever cross my mind to take a gift for my teacher. When our children were at school it wasn’t routine to give gifts to teachers, although at some point one of them would announce they would like to give something to Miss X, this was usually the evening before the end of term and we would have to hunt around for a suitable something.
Since then it has become routine to give gifts to teachers at Christmas and the end of the school year. My daughter is a teacher and I know she has no expectation of gifts, and I have used surplus chocolates/biscuits from her to bribe my postgraduate students to meetings.
If you are thinking of getting your children’s teachers gifts here are a few things to think about:
- Fresh flowers are lovely, but it is best to present them early, they can brighten the classroom or their home, and you are not risking them going off if the teacher is going away as soon as term ends.
- Hand made is lovely, but have you and your children got time to do what you have in mind?
- How would you feel if you discovered he/she had re-gifted your present?
- Each of your children may have more than one teacher and teaching assistant.
If you’re looking for point number 2 and want something handmade, have a look at Gemma’s online shop.