Gift ideas for teachers this Christmas

7th December 2016

There are some teachers who you just never forget, whether they taught you way back in the day, or they’ve really sparked your own child’s interest and imagination. Now’s the time to show your appreciation; we’ve chosen our favourite Christmas gifts suitable for that special teacher, and if you’re feeling crafty we’ve added some ideas for gathering around the kitchen table and getting busy with too.

fireplace with a collection of fluffy festive socks

Get shopping: easy peasy gift ideas for teachers

Make your teacher’s morning cup of tea all the more enjoyable with a character mug. Choose from cheeky canine characters, fun graphics and iconic Joules florals. If you’re feeling extra generous, then the Socks and Mug gift set is the perfect choice.

joules printed mug and socks

Bedecked with a classic Joules floral print, a notebook, especially one as eye-catching as this one, will always be a welcome gift.

joules floral and striped notebooks

Who wouldn’t thank you for a pair of ultra-fluffy socks? Particularly a pair that have Rudolph with a red pom-pom nose!

joules selection of festive socks

Including an exfoliator and a softening hand cream this set is perfect for stashing in a handbag. It’s good to know your little one is in good hands (sorry…)

joules floral printed toiletries

Get crafty: homemade gift ideas for teachers

It’s easy to make your own bath bombs and you can have lots of fun messing around with different fragrances and add-in ingredients too. We’ve chosen lavender and rose petals.

illustration of homemade bath bombs

You’ll need:

2 cups bicarbonate of soda

1 cup of cream of tartar

Essential oils – we used lavender and essence of rose

2 tablespoons oil – olive, vegetable or sunflower are fine

Dried lavender and rose petals

Silicon ice cube trays

Spray bottle

Cellophane presentation bags, or clean jars

Ribbon and tags


If you want to make two different kinds of bath bombs use two separate bowls and divide the essential oils and dried flowers, along with half the remaining ingredients into each bow.

Mix the bicarbonate, cream of tartar, oil and essential oils together. Give a couple of sprays of water and keep mixing so that the mixture becomes heavier – the bicarbonate will start to fizz a little now.

Keep spraying a little more water and mixing until you can press into a spoon and it hold its shape.

Stir in the flower petals

Press hard into the ice cube tray. We recommend using silicon as the bombs come out much easier

Leave to dry for a couple of days until very hard

Place in cellophane bags or jars and finish with ribbon and a tag

Spiced Christmas Biscuits

Have some fun baking and decorating biscuits. This recipe yields between 30-40 biscuits, depending on your cookie cutter size, so it’s a great solution if you want to treat lots of teachers and staff at the end of term.

illustration of homemade spiced festive biscuits

You’ll need:

175g dark muscovado sugar

85g golden syrup

100g butter

350g plain flour

3 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp bicarbonate soda

1 egg beaten

To decorate:

Icing pens

Silver balls

Cookie cutters

Cellophane presentation bags

Ribbon and tags


In a small saucepan heat the golden syrup, sugar and butter until melted

Mix the flour and spices in a large bowl

Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in a teaspoon of water

Make a well in the dried ingredients, pour in the melted butter and sugar followed by the bicarbonate of soda. Mix well

Cover the mixture with cling film, leave to cool then place in the fridge for an hour

Preheat the oven to 170C Fan, 190C, Gas 5

Divide the dough in two and roll out on a floured surface and cut into shapes

Place on a baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes, until they turn golden

Transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely

Decorate to your heart’s content

Package in cellophane bags and decorate with ribbon

What will you be gifting?

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