Stories: Children, Communities, Futures

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).

Find out more at: childfund.org.au/gifts-for-good

Caffeine
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.

We’re encouraging Australians to avoid wasting time and money on purchasing forgettable gifts this Christmas that will end up in the garage or garbage by February. We want to remind Aussies that there are more thoughtful and cost-effective ways to show your love and appreciation, while also being ethical. ChildFund is offering an easy way to buy gifts that bring a lifetime of joy to young children in the Asia-Pacific region.

1. Avoid vouchers that won’t be used and opt for gifts that will make a difference. Australians waste $70 million every year on unused gift cards. Instead of spending money on vouchers that will be lost or forgotten about, you can buy a present that can transform the life of a young child. For $50 you can buy five school kits for disadvantaged children in our Asia-Pacific region, while for $146 you can buy a bike to help a child get to school safely. Want to go the whole hog? Then buy a pig! The ChildFund Gifts for Good catalogue is full of practical, quirky and life-changing gift ideas.

2. Recycle your wrapping paper right. To make sure your recycling doesn’t end up in landfill, remove any sticky tape and decorations (such as ribbons and bows) as these can’t be recycled. Wrapping paper can only be recycled if it passes the scrunch test (plain paper can be recycled, but foil or glitter-decorated paper needs to go in the general waste). Even better, opt for recycled paper that is just as festive. You can find some fun Aussie-recycled wrapping paper on Buy Eco Green.