As the end of the year creeps ever closer, it’s time to think about presents for the people who teach and support your child. This is often more than just your child’s classroom teacher. You might be purchasing presents for sports coaches, music teachers, teacher aides and librarians. If your child spends some time at OSHC each week you might also be thinking about organising a present or two for the staff who work there.
You want a present that’s affordable and easy to organise but also something that’s meaningful. Plus, you want to make sure you’re not just adding to the pile of chocolates and scented moisturisers that’s likely to pile up on educator’s desks at this time of year.
To make life a little easier, we’ve come up with seven simple gift ideas for the teachers and supporters in your child’s life.
1. Personalised Christmas Decoration
Nothing says thank you like something your OSHC educator can keep forever. Order a personalised keepsake that they can hang on their Christmas tree, or have your child make one. Don’t forget to include their name and the year so they’ll remember your child for many years to come. You can find these online here or here.
2. Photo on canvas
Commemorate the year with a photo of your child and their OSHC educator or coordinator at a memorial event. Perhaps they dressed up together, competed at a sporting event or created some art together. Dig through your photos for the year and print out your favourite and have it printed on a small canvas here, here or here.
3. Sweets in a jar
Do you know your sports coach or OSHC coordinator’s favourite sweets? Buy a simple decorative jar and fill it up with their sugary treat of choice. They won’t even need to share them over the Christmas holidays!
4. Framed drawing / poem / art work by your child
For a present that’s truly unique, have your child make a piece or art or write a poem. Pop it in a simple frame and give it as a truly personalised and meaningful gift, straight from the heart.
5. Gift card
There’s nothing your child’s music teacher or OSHC educator will love more than being able to buy their own present. Complete a bit of sleuth work and find out their favourite shop, then purchase a gift card for a value you can afford, even if it’s only a small amount. They’ll love the thoughtful gesture and enjoy shopping in their own time over the Christmas holidays.
6. Personalised stickers or stamps
7. A plant
Forgo the usual bunch of flowers for a small plant or terrarium. It’s a gift that can take up permanent residence at your educator’s home or on their desk for all to see and enjoy.
No matter what you decide on, your child’s coach, educator or OSHC staff member will truly love the thought and effort that goes into selecting their gift. It’s the perfect opportunity to say thank you for a year of fun and support.