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I always end the year with a gift for the teacher and teacher aid and also start the year with a gift because…well…if you’d met my children in real life, as opposed to online IN STILL FRAMES, you’d understand. They are my children and I adore them but they are also strong-willed, stubborn and fierce…which I am sure will come in handy when they are older. I live in hope.

Good teachers can set the path for your childs future; they inspire, empower and guide our children alongside us as parents. Good teachers are pure, precious gold and brightly shining gems. Good teachers throw their heart and soul into their class each year and find teaching exhausting and rewarding in equal measure. Good teachers deserve an utterly genuine ‘THANK YOU’ for what they do. This thanks does not need to be expensive, it just needs to be heartfelt.

And so I present you my ‘teacher gift guide’ for this year. Previous guides can be seen here, here and here and contain further ideas.

Teacher Gifts 2016

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The lovely people at Ruby Olive have come up with some truly special teacher gift ideas this year. For $22.00 you can also get some of their exceptionally cool studs (I have rather a collection of Ruby Olive studs). 

Ruby Olive are gearing up for the gift giving season by generously offering one lucky Children’s Book Daily reader the chance to win a $50 voucher (or two $25 vouchers if you like to share – one for you, one for the teacher!). To enter – leave a comment telling us why you love teachers! Full terms and conditions are below.


Meanwhile, the lovely Biome folk have a fab new range of KeepCup colours for Summer here, and whilst I am not a fan of buying a $2 mug for teachers, I am a fan of buying them a KeepCup, because find me a teacher that can ever sit down for an entire cup of life-giving caffeine. Biome also has this really fab burnt butter chocolate…caffeine and chocolate…just saying… keepcup-cucumber-med-12oz Staying with Biome, they have a great range of Kate Knapp products here, including the gorgeous Affirmation Cards which are perfect to sit on teacher desks. I have a few sets of these (they are only $14.95) which we use on the library counter. There is also Kate Knapp diaries, teacups and gift cards – all of which are exquisite. You can read more about Kate Knapp here. twigseeds-by-kate-knapp-s-little-affirmations-a-little-bird If words and quotes are up your alley and you’d like to gift words…I can also recommend the Kylie Johnson, Paperboat Press ceramic quote tags. I really love these. too hard basket Teachers love a label – in fact one of the best presents I ever got was a stack of labels which said ‘Please Return to Mrs Daley’! Identity Direct does personalised labels, tote bags, tins of tea, lolly jars, teatowels and candles…there are few things better than a scented soy candle. candle_no-1-teacher_s-spots We have a really fab PE teacher at the moment and if I had a PE teacher like Mama J when I was in school, I may not have turned out to be the terrified-of-sport adult I am today! Mama J is so incredibly encouraging of all students and encourages them to reach their potential like no other PE teacher I have seen. For a loved PE teacher or coach, a functional stainless steel whistle, beautifully presented in a black wooden box with an anodised aluminium plaque which can be engraved would make the perfect gift from Oh My Giddy Aunt, who have exceptional customer service and can get a gift out to you in record time (they have saved me a few times with last minute Christening gifts!). detail-2519-whistle-boxed-stainless-stee I am also rather partial to this apple dish for just $15.95, which can be hand engraved with a message or name. As I said…Oh My Giddy Aunt are exceptionally good at keepsake gifts. detail-1753-dish-apple

For the last few years I have been purchasing teacher cards from World Vision because these cards/gifts really mean something and they they give to families and communities in need. For as little as $5 you can make a difference and the ‘school pencils’ gift is perfect for teachers for $5. A gift of pencils means students in poor communities can write, draw and dream their way to a brighter future.  schoolpencils

PudStar had a really wonderful Prep teacher a few years ago and we got her the most beautiful personalised print from Hark Home here. They have a huge range of teacher prints this year and their service is fantastic! mr-jones If you have a loved female teacher, Champagne Cartel have a great range of really special gifts for teachers. If you don’t know of the Champagne Cartel ladies yet, head on over to their blog when you take a peek at their online store. A bottle of champagne and a Champagne Cartel gift would be such a great thank you present for a champagne loving female teacher. I also really like their uber-glamourous water bottle which has punches of real gold…I mean REALLY…who doesn’t want that?! cc-product-jetsetter-greek-key-water-bottle And finally? Seriously…I swoon weekly over the Bear and Sparrow website and have recently purchased a few pieces for school and home – dachshund pencil holders and a vintage radio display shelf. This Christmas they are doing a super cute wooden apple especially designed for teachers. The core is a pen (though it will fit a pencil as well) and on the back there is a sticky note pad. This apple will sit perfectly on the teachers desk and it comes presented in a calico bag which gift-giving children can decorate with Sharpie pens or fabric paint for their teacher.


The Fine Print

I have received nothing in return for hosting this giveaway. My aim is just to share the literary love and to thank all you readers who have joined me here at Children’s Books Daily.

How to enter

The Ruby Olive giveaway commences on 8th November 2016, and ends at midday (AEDT) on 17th November 2016.

Entrants are required to leave a comment on this blog post about why they love teachers!

Terms and Conditions

Entry is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining a winner.

Winners will be chosen by CBD editors from all eligible entries received.

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Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash.

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  1. Michelle V on Nov 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Teachers are fantastic because they are selfless and devoted; two very special qualities for a person to possess. They are also nurturing and help every child to learn, regardless of the child’s abilities.
    My children have been blessed to have some wonderful teachers.

  2. Joanne Curry on Nov 8, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I would gift this to my fabulous school officer. These under valued members of school do so much.

  3. Emma on Nov 8, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    My children’s teachers are amazing. My son who struggled through Prep (not teacher related) now is excited and loves to head off to year 1 and trying his hardest. My daughter who has always loved school and excelled but was shy has been gently guided by her year 4 teacher to try new things and her confidence and personality have gone further than I could ever have hoped for. It is not all about academics.

  4. Tanya Richard on Nov 8, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    My daughters prep teachers have showed by daughter the joy of reading. After a few struggles she no loves learning and books. What a beautiful present they have given her, this would be a wonderful gift to say thank you!

  5. Trisha Macdonald on Nov 8, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Over the years we have had some lovely teachers who have been kind, caring, patient, encouraging and fun it has helped my children gain a love of learning.

  6. Sarah K on Nov 9, 2016 at 7:27 am

    We love teachers (the good ones) because they care for our children and help develop their minds into the thinkers of the future. Also they give us a break from our 5 kids!! Thank you!!!

  7. Selina on Nov 10, 2016 at 11:13 am

    We love teachers because they have the patience of saints as they keep our kids happily engaged in learning each day.

  8. Rosie on Nov 11, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Being a teacher myself and now a parent, what I appreciate most from other teachers is the building of a connection with my child; ‘getting’ them and their quirks so that school and learning are that bit easier. Good communication between school and home is also crucial. I love buying gifts to thank the teachers and try to choose things to show our appreciation for their care and time invested in their vocation!

  9. Lara @ This Charming Mum on Nov 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you so much for these fab gift ideas. Time to start shopping! Where did the year go?? The thing I love and admire most about teachers is their patience. There are days when I can’t bear the cacophony of my 3 children chattering away at me. Imagine 20 of them! And all with unique quirks and needs and levels … it’s an astounding gift to manage that with a smile! So grateful my kids have had top teachers this year.

  10. Sharolyn Newington on Nov 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Burnt butter chocolate – YESSSS, I love that one! And I love teachers who encourage and inspire. I know that sounds corny but we all need encouragement right? Some one to notice our hard work and help us identify our gifts. Someone to bring out the best in us. And we need someone to look up to, a guide for the learning journey. I love teachers who don’t talk down to children but who learn along with them. I went to a Kindy Info Night last night and was so excited about kindy from their talk that I wanted to go back and be in their class – such an amazing environment.

  11. Naysie on Nov 12, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Teachers are angels! They are (and all other school staff) the most underrated and undervalued profession as they do so much more than people realise. We’ve had two fantastic teachers this year and are so grateful for the lessons learned from them.

  12. Sarahmary on Nov 14, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Teacher’s are amazing people. Not only do they help us learn, they are our confidantes, our friends. They truly care about the people they teach and want the best for them.

  13. Celia Chew on Nov 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I love teachers because they do so much behind the scenes that they’re not getting paid for just so they can see the kids faces light up! I love that they go above and beyond to find the time to truly know our kids, to know what motivates and inspires them and to know what discourages and deflates them. When our kids know their teachers are truly interested in getting to know who they really are and what they love, it encourages them to give their everything at school.

  14. Jane on Nov 16, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    This is not an entry. I just want to THANK YOU, Megan. These ideas/websites are SUPERB. 2016 teacher’s pressies = sorted!

  15. Kylie Halford on Nov 17, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Teachers and school staff give so much of themselves each and every day, NOT just Monday to Friday. Weekends and holidays are always permeated with thoughts for their students and planning for the following weeks. They offer education but more than that they offer encouragement and instil belief in a future filled with hope for the young people entrusted to them. Being a teacher is a huge responsibility, children are little pearls absorbing their environment, and remember who believes in them. So, even as another end of school year draws near and exhaustion levels grow, they know that each day counts in their children’s learning journey, so the day begins with a strong coffee and a smile!

  16. Hannah Nix on Nov 17, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I love teachers because they build the foundation for every other career path.
    They do the hard yards, day in day out to help our kids each their potential and become the best version of themselves. Every scientist, doctor, professional sportsman, and parent was shaped by teachers. This is so much more than just educating English and maths, but also, coaching them in social interactions, tying shoe laces, icing grazed knees, and building up their confidence and self esteem.

  17. Leisa Ferguson on Nov 18, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Just like people not every teacher is going to be loved. We know that we are incredibly lucky to have had a few lovable teachers that have enriched our children’s lives and our families enjoyment of school. Currently we have Mrs Barnett, a kindergarten teacher who brings joy into the hearts of our kids and our family. She is quick witted, kind and encourages personal development in little people. She remembers tiny details and puts in so much effort to ensure that lessons are learnt no matter what learning style the child has. My daughter wandering around the house balancing a ping pong ball on her feet mimicking the penguins they have been studying brings a smile each time. Not to mention that she can write ‘use-less wings’ by her self-ess. Mrs Barnett will always be the teacher we tell stories about when we are old!

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