In recent years, it’s become more of a tradition and expectation to get your child’s teacher a gift at the end of term. While this can be fun and harmless, there’s no obligation to do so. If you’re wondering about whether to buy a gift this year, read on for some advice on whether it’s really necessary.
What’s the Relationship Like?
Does your child like their teacher and have a good relationship with them? If your child is constantly coming home from school and telling you about all the fun things they’ve done in class that day, it can be nice to get a gift for their teacher to show your appreciation. But if your child seems unsure about their teacher, there’s no need to get a gift just because other parents are.
Can You Afford It?
Your child’s teacher is not going to hold a grudge if you don’t get them a gift, as it’s not an expectation that educators have. Seriously consider if you can afford getting them a gift, especially when there are so many other people to buy gifts for in the run-up to Christmas.
What Would They Like?
Do you have a sense of what your kid’s teacher might want for a gift? Educators will receive a lot around Christmas, so if you are going to get them a gift, try and make sure you’re not just adding to the pile of candy and bath treats they will already have. It can be nice to club together with other parents and buy something special, or gift your child’s teacher vouchers so they can choose for themselves.