After years of compiling gift guides for magazines and now for The Leopard, we like to think we’re pretty good at finding the perfect Christmas present, but nothing stumps us more than what to buy for teachers, nursery staff or childminders. So we decided to ask them what they’d actually like to receive this Christmas.
We did a shout out on our Insta stories and got heaps of brilliant ideas from the teachers, nursery staff and childminders who follow us. Before we share them with you, it’s worth noting that the consensus on what NOT to buy was unanimous: no more mugs and nothing with ‘best teacher’ on it. All of the options below are affordable and easy to shop for locally. Let’s be honest, what they really deserve is a bloody medal.
From coffee shop gift cards to handwritten notes of thanks, keep scrolling for some guaranteed-to-please gift inspo…
Vouchers – no specifics on where for, but with vouchers the options are endless. As far as we’re concerned, you probably can’t go wrong with John Lewis, while the Love2Shop and One4All gift cards can be spent everywhere from Pizza Express to Waterstones, M&S to Empire cinemas.
Booze – this one came up a LOT. Hey, no judgement here. Wine or fizz was the most requested tipple – we’re big fans of Aldi’s very affordable (and very drinkable) organic prosecco – but it’s also a great excuse to give your local wine shop some custom. If you fancy something a little more festive, try Sainsbury’s Winter Berry & Clementine Gin or Hotel Chocolat’s Espresso Martini Velvetised Cream which gets rave reviews.
Coffee shop gift card – another much-requested pressie was a gift card loaded up with credit so they could get their caffeine fix. Obviously big names like Costa and Starbucks do cards, but it’s worth checking whether your favourite independent haunt does too. If you’re London-based, Grind is a great option.
Something home or handmade – there’s nothing more thoughtful than something you’ve made yourself, and, from jams and chutneys to cookies and Christmas decorations, the options are endless. It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained for an hour or two as well. Thoughtful words in a card was also repeatedly mentioned, and costs absolutely nothing.
Scented candle – who doesn’t love a scented candle? Aldi has some brilliant candle gift sets this Christmas, or if you’d rather buy from an independent brand, check out our round-up of affordable scented candles for inspo.
Smellies – an oldie but a goodie, delightful-smelling things for the bath came up time and again. Neals Yard Remedies Aromatic Foaming Bath is a fave of ours.
Stationery – help them get organised for the new term with a diary, notebook, planner or pen. Muji is great for minimalist designs and Papier does the best prints while Dorcas Creates and Wanderlust Paper Co. are a couple of independent brands we love.
Reusable water bottle or coffee cup – something practical is always money well spent. Hannah loves a KeepCup while Gemma’s got a Huskee on her Christmas list. When it comes to water bottles, you can’t go wrong with Chilly’s, but for something a little cheaper, look no further than this bestselling £12 John Lewis bottle.
Nice chocolate – it’ll come as no surprise to anyone that we’re going to suggest Tony’s Chocolonely here. Ethical – and just bloody delicious – a stack of these colourful bars tied up in a ribbon is guaranteed to spark joy. For something extra-special, look no further than the stunning hand-painted creations from Yohan’s Chocolate Shop . Almost too pretty to eat.
Hampers – bought ready-made, hampers can be pretty pricey (though FodaBox do a £14.99 Christmas nibbles hamper and Cutter & Squidge have a delicious Christmas selection box for £16.50) so why not make your own? Do an Aldi dash – we’re thinking a candle, chocolate truffles, some cheese, chutney and crackers – pop it in a basket and stick a bow on top. Sorted.
Club together – we had a few messages saying that some parents had clubbed together to buy one bigger gift, which was greatly appreciated. Perfume, a spa voucher or a luxurious cashmere scarf are all great options if you’ve got a bit more money to spend.
We hope that’s helped with the trickiest gift on your Christmas list!
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