Gees our teachers have worked hard this year. I think they ALL deserve a medal. Lots of teachers are also parents and to have juggled home schooling during COVID not only preparing work for our kids, but also a lot of the time home schooling their own kids, it was a massive ask, and I for one am very appreciative of our class teacher who put in an enormous effort. We think teacher gifts are a really important way to show your appreciation for all that hard work, but they don’t have to cost a lot of money – it’s definitely the thought that counts. Here’s a range of teacher gift ideas we’ve put together. Some are inexpensive but take some time to make from home, and some are from our favourite stores for those who aren’t crafty or time poor (me)

Pottering Around Personalised Crockery

If you cant be bothered with the DIY at home you must head to Pottering Around and have them do it for you! These plates and mugs with a personalised message along with a hand or foot print can make an excellent teachers gift.

Insulated Tumblers from Adventure Awaits

We love these insulated tumblers and stubby coolers. The tumblers are great to keep wine and drinks cool, but you can also use them to keep coffee warm. And the stubby coolers are great because their screw top lid means they fit a standard can or bottle. Available in a range of colours from

Something for Summer – A Tesalate Towel

We’re huge converts of Tesalate Towels and they make such a practical and useful gift. They’re super absorbent, fast drying, lightweight and compact and come in such a great range of sizes and designs. Check out the entire collection exclusively sold on their website at

Lloyd Brothers Wines

Most of us enjoy a wine or are happy to have something nice on hand for family and friends if we don’t drink ourselves. Living in SA there is no excuse for gifting bad wine, and for as little as $20-$25 you can get a really lovely bottle of quality wine from our mates at Lloyd Brothers

Cross Stitch your teacher

How cute is this idea shared on IG from @annablep there are lots of patterns online that you can use as a guide or if you’re clever enough you can wing it OR if you’re like me and NOT clever enough and short on time, get over to Etsy and pay someone else to do it!

Christmas Baked Goodies

There’s so many different baking ideas that you can put together to create something delicious for your deserving teachers. From gingerbread, shortbread, to cookies most teachers have a sweet tooth. If you don’t have time to bake something this cookies in a jar option could also be an easy and quick idea. Recipe found here.

Decorate a pot plant

Who doesn’t love pot plants right? Why not buy a pot and have your kids decorate it then add a plant to give to your teacher. Our team created exactly this a few weeks back and it’s quite easy, Also gives the kids something to do. Follow the instructions here.

Christmas Tree Ornament

If your looking for something that’s small and easy to have posted these little Christmas Tree Ornaments by The Name Co. are the perfect gift idea! We hear lot’s of teachers these days put up trees in their classroom too so having these keepsakes to display every year is a lovely gesture. We also love supporting local SA companies just like this one! You can find the Etsy store here

Shifty Lizard Craft Beer Packs

If your kids were a little bit ‘shifty’ this year, we know a lot of teachers that would enjoy a local craft beer or four. Shifty Lizard is our local brewery of choice and they always have some great value beer packs on their website or to collect from their tap house. Check them out here

Class Framed Print

If your considering a group gift for the teacher this year, then this class teacher printable from Ollies Room are a great keepsake which you can frame and give. Would also be a nice idea to add the class photo with it. Once again we love to support local and with instant download available it’s perfect if your short on time. Click here for Etsy store details

Personalised Candles

You really can’t go wrong with a candle, but even better when you can personalise it with a message as well as a scent that you think your teacher would love. There are a lot of local SA companies that would be able to do these for you too, but here is one particular local SA business Pixie At Home who have a beautiful selection listed on their website including the one shown below.

Book Donation

Ok this one is a little bit different…. but hear me out! Teachers love having a little library setup inside the classroom to read to the class as well as allowing students to read. Why not donate a book or a couple of books relevant to the age group with a little message inside from your child and the date. That way these books will stay in the classroom for years to come to be enjoyed by everyone.

Hopefully the above ideas give you some inspiration as its only a few short weeks until end of term (Sorry to remind you)!!