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Get your child’s teacher a gift they actually want

It’s the annual ritual of every parent with school-age children: that last-minute dash to the shop to buy a gift for the person responsible for inspiring their child with a love of learning.

But this year, before you reach for those old-faithful gifts of scented candle, bubble bath or fancy choccies, think about giving your favourite teacher a gift that will give them those end-of-term warm and fuzzy feelings.

Hint: they don’t want another ‘World’s Best Teacher’ mug …

Gifts for Good
Teachers are passionate about education. Of course they love teaching your child, but what motivates them every day is the positive impact they have on the lives of countless children. Buy them an educational item from ChildFund’s Gifts for Good catalogue library books, scholarships or even classroom desks – and you will give them the joy of knowing they have helped students at home and around the world.

When you donate a gift through ChildFund’s Gift for Good program you also get a beautiful gift card that tells the recipient how their gift is making a difference. Add a personalised message and tell your teacher how much you appreciate their work, and you’ve got a gift that will be sure to knock their socks off (the socks bought for them by an unthinking parent).

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Teachers value caffeine, and with good reason: who wouldn’t need a cuppa after a day of wrangling a classroom full of whipper-snappers? Buy the staffroom a new espresso machine, organise for the local café to deliver a coffee-a-day for the first two weeks of the new school year, or give them a nice reusable coffee cup. They will thank you – a lot.

Buying library books from the Gifts for Good catalogue will give your child’s teacher the joy of knowing they have helped students at home and around the world.

While a new set of whiteboard markers or pencils might not be on the top of everyone’s Santa wish list, teachers actually love this stuff. Mainly because little fingers borrow what belongs to the teacher throughout the school year. Find a nice set of pens, a notebook or even a designer stapler (yes, that’s a thing) and you’ll send your kid’s teacher off on their festive break with a real spring in their step.

A treat voucher
The festive season is a time for teachers to kick up their heels and take some time out for themselves. The gift of a cinema, restaurant or a shopping centre voucher gives them the chance to relax and unwind after a long year. After 12 months of school canteen lunches, your teacher deserves some me-time – just make sure the voucher is for use at a location that’s not normally frequented by their students.

Pooled gifts

Let’s face it – it’s always better to get quality over quantity. Organise the other parents and buy a single, amazing gift for your teacher. You could also add a bottle of bubbly. It might even be worth having a quiet word with the teacher to find out what they really, really want. It’s a win-win for everyone: parents don’t need to spend as much, and your class teacher will have a gift other teachers in the staff room will be green with envy over.

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