TEACH your kids how to save with a savvy end of school year teacher’s gift.
Teachers spend an average of 60 hours a week working to educate our kids, but with family budgets stretched over summer, it can be tricky to find the right present to really say thank you.
However, you can go to the top of the class with my A* suggestions, all at an affordable £10 or under.
£1 GIFT: George Home Thank You Teacher Mug, £1 at Asda
£2 GIFT: Thank You Teacher Pencil Set & Stationery Pot, £2.99 at cardfactory.co.uk
£3 GIFT: Cadbury Milk Tray Chocolate Box 360g, was £6 now £3 at Morrisons
£4 GIFT: Baylis And Harding Jojoba And Vanilla & Almond Oil Gift Set, £4 at Morrisons
£5 GIFT: Teacher’s Tipple Wine Glass, £4.99 at CardFactory.co.uk
£6: GIFT: Teacher Travel Mug, £6 at Clintonsretails.com
£7 GIFT: World’s Greatest Teacher Personalised Notebook, £7.99 at gettingpersonal.co.uk
£8 GIFT: Morrisons Lily & Greenery Bouquet, £8 at Morrisons
£9 GIFT: Best Teacher Personalised Candle, £9.60 at etsy.com/uk
£10 GIFT: Personalised 'Thank You Teacher' Mini Apple Bookmark, £10 from Oakdene Designs at notonthehighstreet.com
Crunch down the cost
- Take small potted plant and get your child to write a personalised message on the pot, then tie with a ribbon. It’s a simple but heartfelt gift.
- Low on cash? A handwritten note or card from your child telling how their teacher shas helped them can be the most meaningful gift of all
- Get the class to club together and buy one big gift.
- Create a ‘pamper pack’ with mini samples from beauty counters wrapped in tissue paper in a small gift bag
- Consider giving a homemade cake or cookies – but check if your teacher has any allergies first
- Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Website of the week
WANT to support UK jobs? Then shop with new site allbritannia.co.uk.
The new online marketplace stocks exclusively British-made goods.
Founder Ryan Idrissi set up the site after struggling to buy. British-made coffee filter during lockdown.
He explains: “At the start of last year’s lockdown, when the UK seemingly ran out of toilet paper, it became all-too clear how reliant we are on imports and international supply chains.
It’s a huge challenge in trying to find a place where you could simply stock your basket full of UK products and purchase. “All Britannia is changing all that, by creating a single one-stop-shop for consumers who want to support the British supply chain.
As an extra benefit, buying British considerably cuts buyers’ carbon footprints, making it a greener alternative to buying goods created elsewhere in the world.”
Ryan’s Tips for Families on a Budget
1) Make your money-saving option a sustainable one. A nice cafetiere for £20 is a perfectly decent bit of expenditure if it means you save £20 a week at Starbucks.
2) Work out your post-tax average hourly pay. Then before you buy anything, think, “is it worth working XX hours just to have it?” It will really help focus what you spend your hard-earned cash on.
3) Think quality as well as cost. Sometimes UK made products can be a little more expensive, but they are usually better made and likely to last far longer – which makes them cheaper in the long run.
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