While it may not be the end to the school year as expected, July still marks the end of the academic year for most UK schoolchildren.
For children of key workers, those in select years or others receiving online support, as we wrap up a rather different school year, it’s a great time to show appreciation for the support and guidance of teachers and carers as they have helped us navigate through these tricky times.
From the quirky, the useful to the lavish, we have put together 10 of our favourite gifts that every teacher will love….
Teacher Superpower Mug
If we didn’t appreciate the heroic status of teachers pre-lockdown, then I am sure most of us definitely do now! For some tongue in cheek action, this humorous mug is sure to get some giggle in the staff room. A great reminder of the power of a teacher just in case they ever forget! Priced £7.50 from Sass and Belle.
Harmony Home Collection
Summer plans may not be quite what we envisaged at the beginning of the year but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy and appreciate the time spent at home. This beautiful gift set welcomes the essential oils of eucalyptus, juniper and ylang ylang into the home with a Harmony candle, exquisite Home Perfume and soap to accessorise. Priced £47 fromwww.uk.loccitane.com
These premium pre-made cocktails make fantastic gifts, especially if you don’t have the chance to hand a gift over. Curate your own box of 3, 6 or 9 cocktails with a choice of delicious favourites including Cosmos, Manhattans, Margheritas, Daiquiris. Beautifully packaged, they fit through the letterbox so can be posted direct to the recipient. Prices start from £19.50 from www.niococktails.co.uk
Mid Year Diary
The annoying thing about a diary is that they rarely run in line with the academic year, however we discovered Martha Brook London that features some stunning mid year diaries that cover 2020 through to summer 2021. They have a beautiful range of soft and hard-backed dairies in a range of attractive pastel colours that can be fully personalised with a name, class or just a few memorable words for a really thoughtful keepsake gift. Priced from £15.95 from www.marthabrook.com
Chocolate Coffee Beans
Ideal as a sharing gift that can be enjoyed amongst a group, instead of a standard box of chocolates this jar of Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans from luxury confectioners Farhi is a unique gift that will cause intrigue and delight. Aromatic coffee beans from Brazil are encased in a rich 87% dark chocolate, an intense combination that hits the spot. Priced £10 fromwww.farhi.co.uk
Bee Lovely Nourishing Collection
Give the gift of nourishment with Neals Yard’s beautiful Bee Lovely range. The collection is made from a beautiful combination of fair trade organic honey from Mexico and Italian and Mexican oranges to indulge the skin with natural essential oils. This gift set features the hero products – hand cream, bath and shower gel, body lotion and all over balm, for a little pick me up. A percentage from each sale also goes towards charities that protect the future of the planet’s bees. Priced £25 from www.nealsyardremedies.com
Grow Me – Many Thanks
In the same way that a teacher watches your child flourish, this gift is a wonderful way to reciprocate that relationship and leave the teacher with a lasting gift that they can enjoy throughout the summer. The box includes a husk that you plant the seeds and watch as a cosmos flower blooms. Priced £6.99 from www.prezzybox.com
Spiced Gin Gift Pack
If you want to give the gift of alcohol then you can’t go far wrong with a gin gift set. This one from OPHIR takes you on an explorative journey of the Ancient Spice Route with three miniatures each with unique, warming notes that add a little spice and exotic flavouring. Discover hints of Szechuan peppers, intense citrus and mysterious flavourings to unearth some wonderful new gins. Priced £11.90 from Amazon
Scentered Wellbeing Ritual Aromatherapy Mini Tin
This tin contains five natural balms, everything a teacher needs to unwind and relax. The balms, ‘Sleep Well’, ‘De-stress’, ‘Happy’, ‘Focus’ and ‘Escape’ are made of 25 essential oils to produce a 100% natural fragrance.
Presented in a cute, travel-friendly tin, they are the recipe to a well-balanced much-needed summer break. Priced £26 from www.scentered.me
Mini Bakery Desserts Praline Selection
Show your creative side with a quirky gift of mini desserts that take you on a culinary journey through some of the best-baked treats recreated in praline. From Niederegger, famous for their delicious marzipan treats, this is anything but a box of average chocolates; each one is beautiful presented replicating not just the look but also the flavour of tasty treats like blueberry cheesecake and tiramisu. Priced £8 from www.chocolatesdirect.co.uk