Christmas and the New Year are coming, and due to lockdown, this has been an extremely bizarre 2020 for both kids and adults alike. Normally at this time of year, kids would be going to class armed with a Christmas gift for their favourite teacher but now, given social distancing measures that continue to be in place, parents might want to send a special gift over email with a digital gift or one that can be posted directly to the school. That's why we've put together a list of gifts for teachers that are thoughtful AND practical to send in these complicated times.
And yes, we would condone adding another one to your basket for your own homeschooling attempts this year!
MORE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDES:
16 best Christmas gifts from Marks & Spencer
45 cool Christmas gifts for tricky teenagers
19 best chocolate hampers to gift this Christmas
A sweet thank you with chocolates
With a Hotel Chocolat eGift card you can buy anything online and it can be sent via email as an eGift card straight to the lucky teacher's inbox on any date that you want, with your own special message.
A quick & easy gift for teachers: an Amazon gift voucher
There are lots of reasons that an Amazon gift card makes a great present. Not only can the recipient find just about anything they could ever want or need amongst the millions of items on Amazon, both the e-gift vouchers – sent by email or text – and gift cards have lovely designs.
For the easy e-gift voucher, which can be sent in any amount, you can choose a standard holiday or New Years illustration, an animated card, or our favourite: a card that features a photo of your choice, making the virtual gift that much more personal. Choose the amount and how you would like the voucher delivered, by email or text.
You can also chose a physical gift card, starting at 30, which is delivered by mail with one-day delivery, and it comes in a festive box. We love the snowflake gift box design.
Seasonal flower gifts are blooming lovely
You can't beat a little thank you bouquet for a teacher gift. Shop the best Christmas season blooms on AppleYard where floral gifts and hampers start at 22.
Stocking fillers for teachers on Santa's nice list
If you're looking for a gift in the 5-10 range, there are presents that would make a great stocking filler for your child's favourite teacher – for example, this set of two keychains which includes an inspirational phrase and apple charm.
A personalised card for your favourite teacher
At Notonthehighstreet, you'll find a range of personalised gifts for teachers with delivery in time for Christmas, like this personalised 'Best Teacher' card for £4.95.
Deck the halls! A personalised Christmas bauble for teacher
A Christmas bauble with a special message for your child's favourite teacher (or teachers!) is an apt festive season gift, and you can get a beautiful personalised bauble from Getting Personal. Just personalise it with the teacher's name and the name of your child, and you can choose the bauble colour as well as the hue of the bow and ribbon.
Biscuits for teachers this Christmas
Biscuits always make people smile so why not opt for an e-gift card from Biscuiteers. Choose the amount you want to send, pop the recipient's email address in, and Biscuiteers will send the e-gift card on the date of your choice. For Christmas you can also send a holiday themed biscuit tin.
Digital wine gift for teachers
It has been a stressful time and teachers would no doubt love a Majestic delivery with a gift straight to their doorstep instead.
A Headspace subscription
And talking of stress - give the gift of zen with the meditation app, Headspace. Over Christmas break your favourite teacher can de-stress, sleep better, and get a better grasp on mindfulness in general.
A personalised teacher mug
Sometimes it's the simple 'teacher gifts' that are the best – we like the cute school supplies design on this one we found on Amazon...
Give the gift of cheese
Perhaps might be a bit niche but via Pong, you can buy an indulgent cheese subscription service. Choose from three, six or 12-month subscriptions of special selections of incredible cheeses from the UK and worldwide.
A Net-a-Porter gift card
If your teacher always looks stylish on parents' evening, perhaps a swish Net-a-Porter gift card could be just the perfect gift to cheer them up.
An ASOS gift card
All teachers will be thrilled by an ASOS gift card - and this one can land straight into their inbox.
A custom piece of art
Was your teacher a saviour during lockdown? Show your appreciation with this Notonthehighstreet print.
HELLO!'s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items our editors love and approve of. HELLO! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. To find out more visit our FAQ page.