When it rolls around to Christmas there are always lots of people to buy for. One person who you shouldn't want to forget though is your child's nursery teacher.
After teaching your child for the year, you may want to invest in a little something to treat them. Not only does this help your child learn about gift-giving, but it also says thanks to their teacher for their hard work
Whether you want to buy them something small and thoughtful or get the parents together to buy a present from the whole class, we've found all great gifts for nursery teachers to say thank you.
What should I buy for my child's teacher?
It doesn't need to be anything huge and most teachers say they'd rather receive something sentimental than for parents to spend lots of money on them.
Think about what they might need or enjoy alongside their teaching; things such as stationery and stickers can help them add to their inventory. On the other hand, a small bottle of wine (if they drink) or a box of chocolates is a safe bet for teachers.
Don't forget to grab a card for the teacher. Even better if you can get your toddler to draw something nice inside.
How much should I spend on my child's teacher?
If you want to be bold and spend a bit more, that's always nice but not totally necessary for teachers. Think small but considerate or if you want to buy something bigger, organise a money pot with other parents in your child's class.
Anything around the £10 or less mark is perfect for a nursery teacher. If you know they've done an amazing job and really want to spoil them, then you can go above this at your discretion.
The Best Christmas Gifts for Nursery Teachers UK 2021
Best pen gift for nursery teachers
Teachers are always using pens to mark, tick and check off everything at school. Why not give them a thoughtful gift of a personalised pen that you can get engraved with their name? You can even choose the colour of the pen or get them a selection for a full set!
Best Christmas gift set for nursery teachers
If you want to give your nursery teacher a funny gift this Christmas, this 'survival kit in a can' is an amazing stash of goodies for just under £12. Including tea bags, paper clips, batteries and even hair nets with hilarious notes, they'll love this silly gift.
Best Christmas keychain gift for nursery teachers
Keychains are a great present because they can be attached easily and held onto forever. This set of six teacher keychains are really sentimental and also give you enough to give to multiple teachers or teaching assistants if you have a few children or want to spoil more than one person.
Best plant Christmas gift for nursery teachers
Thoughtful in its personalisation and great for those green fingers out there, this plant maker is something that a nursery teacher can keep in their classroom and continue to look after. The 'thank you for helping me grow' is extra thoughtful.
Be aware that this is just for the plant marker - you'll have to buy the plant and plant pot yourself.
Best Christmas ornament for nursery teachers
Well it is Christmas after all! It wouldn't make sense to have a gift guide without a teacher-themed Christmas ornament to gift them. Made from ceramics and a luxurious ribbon, you can customise this Christmas ornament for your teacher to take home and celebrate the festive season with.
Best Christmas gift tin for nursery teachers
Want a dinky box to treat them with? This small customisable box is small enough to carry little bits like keychains or chocolate and is really sweet with a choice of three illustrations: twine, christmas tree or hanging ornaments. This online shop gives you the option to add in chocolate so you'll have everything ready to gift.
Best personalised chocolate Christmas gift for nursery teachers
It wouldn't be Christmas without a bit of chocolate, so why not grab this chocolate to say thank you - literally! With a choice of different patterns and options for different text, you can choose something that will be perfect for any nursery teacher.
Best notepad Christmas gift for nursery teachers
Teachers are always jotting notes down in diaries and notebooks, so investing in a chunky note pad for them may be a perfect gift option.
Best chocolate and fizz gift set for nursery teachers
Stuck on what to get a nursery teacher? Chocolate and fizz is always a classic option for the festive season. This luxurious gift box from Hotel Chocolat is filled with four different chocolate gifts as well as a small bottle of prosecco. What more could you want?
Best letterbox Christmas gift for nursery teachers
M&S gift boxes are luxurious and high-quality and this afternoon tea is perfect for any busy teacher. With classic buys including milk chocolate viennese biscuits, cakes and breakfast tea, it's a winner.
Best personalised sticker set for nursery teachers
Sometimes there's nothing better than seeing a sticker in your child's book, and now you can get customised teacher stickers. Choose from different styles, sizes and add in the teachers name to make it extra personal. Cute and useful.
Best stamp gift for nursery teachers
You can personalise this stamp with a name and change the face to add in glasses, ties and accessories that make it extra special. This is great for any nursery teacher who you know loves to stamp your kids books - thoughtful and original.
Also available as a female teacher stamp.
Best mug Christmas present for nursery teachers
You can never go wrong with a mug for a teacher. Although they may already have a huge stash of mugs in the staff room, it's always going to be a safe bet. We love the tag line on the mug saying "this is what an awesome teacher looks like".
What do teachers really want as gifts?
It can be really hard to know what teachers want, especially in the nursery stages where you probably won't see them unless you're dropping your child off and picking them up. The best way to know is to get chatting with other parents and even speak to the teacher themselves to figure out what they really like.
Still stuck on inspiration? Check out this guide from Emily Norris below, on what teachers really love and hate:
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