Show Us Your Life…Teacher Gifts

Show Us Your Life with Kelly's Korner

Well, it has been a few weeks since I did a ‘Show Us Your Life’ post – first I took a blog break, then Kelly did! This week on Kelly’s blog carnival we are looking at teacher gifts. Now, as I’m not a mummy I’ve never been on the giving side of this, but as a teacher myself I have been on the receiving end for a good few years now.

The best thing, before we even get into the joy of presents, has to be the cards. Who can resist a note written in a childs slightly wobbly hand, thanking you for your work? And if (as many of my prior cards do) this is coupled with a note from the parents too, then that’s even better. I love that feeling of being appreciated. I love what I do and try to work hard for my classes, so it is lovely when that is noted. I also adore cards and mail, so the cards make it for me!

Just some of my lovely cards. I *love* cards.

So, onto the gifts…

First and foremost, I should say that I am always overwhelmed (in a nice way) by the generousity of my students and their families when it comes to end of year, and on occasion end of term, gifts. I love my job anyway, so to get extra presents too is to be truly spoiled! And I have never had a gift I haven’t liked – lucky me, huh? 🙂

The beautiful bracelets two brothers made for me.

I’ve had so many lovely gifts, but I have to say the ones that stick out in my mind tend to fall into two categories (with some even bridging both, brilliantly). I love personal gifts – like a little badger ornament, because I love badgers. A bracelet or necklace in one of my favourite colours (above you can see two very pretty bracelets in pink and blue which were made by two brothers I taught in different years). The year one of my students brought me a box of my favourite chocolate brownies on earth…and two pictures of George Clooney! The many Christmas ornaments I have received – I am building a beautiful (and eclectic!) tree over the years. And many lovely things made by my students – the fact that they will invest time in making me a gift really warms my heart.

A Christmas tree plate (which photographed upside down!) made by one of my little pupils. I love using this plate to entertain at Christmastime!

I also love practical gifts, ones that I can use around my house and classroom and which remind me of the giver when I use them. So the books on London I was given before moving here. The biography of a writer I admire and teach about. The vouchers the parents clubbed together for which are oh so very useful when you’re trying to set up a kitchen (they know I love to cook and bake). I have to say I love gift vouchers and gift cards because it means I can buy something lovely which I need and then thank the class for it. 🙂 And I enjoy my many lovely mugs and vases and candles….

Blogger’s being weird with the pictures today, it seems! Two fab books on London.

One of my lovely teacher mugs. Great for my morning decaf.

I also love unexpected gifts – the cookie on your desk “just because”, the thing they saw and thought of you, the postcard sent to you from their holiday, the aforementioned badger, the little notes and pictures my students leave me. It’s so nice to be surprised from time to time! 🙂

One of my mummies was antique-ing and just had to get this little fellow for me. I now also have a hedgehog to keep him company!

I’m looking forward to reading what other people give and receive. I always feel so blessed to even get presents – if any of my class parents read this, thank you once again!
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  1. Holly
    16th April 2010 / 10:26 am

    Too cute! I love the cards and bracelets, especially the blue one! Awesome!

  2. Shan
    16th April 2010 / 10:59 am

    What a great post! My dad was a teacher and as kids we would always look forward to the presents at the end of the year because most people didn't know what to get him so they bought chocolate or candy, and we got to eat it all!One year, his students all chipped together and bought him NBA basketball tickets, that was another huge score for me!

  3. thelumberjackswife
    16th April 2010 / 1:37 pm

    I loved seeing all your treasures you have gotten over the years! 🙂

  4. Beth McC.
    16th April 2010 / 3:08 pm

    Love this post! I am a former teacher and I loved the handmade gifts too! Your blog is too cute!

  5. Riot Kitty
    16th April 2010 / 7:06 pm

    Cute! I got lots of little presents from my ESL students when I was volunteering, which always made me want to cry (in a good way.)

  6. Christielli
    16th April 2010 / 8:24 pm

    You elementary school teachers are spoiled. 😉 However, I'm super touched when I get a note or an email or a gift. There was the eco-club scrapbook that was given to me last year that took the cake. This year, a student who was going through personal difficulties gave me a note at Christmas and a small gift which was very touching.

  7. Katie Bug
    19th April 2010 / 4:44 am

    Those bracelets are beautiful!

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