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It’s that time of year where we start to think about what to get our children’s teachers as gifts at the end of term. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to thank the teachers, give them something to remember the children by and also show them just how much they’re appreciated.
But, often, you get the same things each year – flowers, wine, yet another teacher mug or a gift voucher. When you have a few teachers to buy for you can’t spend that much and so the choices are limited. But what if the whole class clubbed together to buy the teacher a gift? Or even just a group of friends buying something extra special?
I thought I’d put together a few great gift ideas for teachers from the great selection at Red Letter Days. An experience is always a thoughtful gift and something that will definitely give any teacher a chance to make memories, have some time out from teaching and enjoy themselves in new ways.
Thank you presents for Teachers 2022
Rest and relaxation Gifts
Gift any teacher a chance to unwind and recharge with a rejuvenating pamper experiences, a spa day or luxurious spa break.
This package gives a well-deserved treat to any teacher after a long year. It includes a spa day and a delicious afternoon tea at a nearby restaurant and there’s a range of spas across the country to choose from. They can then indulge in a wonderful afternoon tea, from delicious French delights at Café Rouge to a unique Italian afternoon tea at Marco Pierre White. The experiences can be enjoyed on the same day or spread across a couple of days to really extend the treat.
Any teacher would love the chance to kick off the summer holidays at a QHotels spa with a luxury spa day. With the chance to swim, enjoy the sauna, steam room and relaxation areas, QHotels spas are a great place to while the day away. The experience includes a 50-minute spa treatment each with a whole tempting menu of Elemis and GELeration therapies, like a refreshing full-body exfoliation with a therapeutic back massage, a bespoke facial with a soothing foot massage, gentle aromatherapy back massage with a face and scalp massage and more. It even includes a light lunch complete with a glass of prosecco each. What more could a teacher want?
A teacher might also enjoy a dining experience, with a whole range offering gastronomic indulgence with sophisticated afternoon teas or a meal at a delightful restaurant.
Let any teacher enjoy an afternoon of traditional British delights with so many mouth-watering experiences to choose from across the country. From delicate pastries at the London Hilton to lavish treats in the country manor house of Stoke Rochford Hall, there are so many places to enjoy a delicious selection of sweet and savoury delights.
For a really indulgent experience, treat the teacher to a traditional afternoon tea for two at Harrods iconic Tea Rooms. They can spend a long morning spent exploring the capital or an afternoon getting lost in the luxurious department store, before retreating to the comfort of the Tea Rooms. There’s an assortment of savoury delights, delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam plus an irresistible selection of patisseries. It’s a splendid way to spend a day in London.
Why not let the teacher experience London from a stunning perspective at Searcys at The Gherkin? They can dine at the top of one of the most famous city skyscrapers, situated on level 40. With three mouth-watering courses of traditional British cuisine created from the finest local produce, they can delight in this exquisite dining experience for two.
For a really unforgettable experience, the teacher could visit the Red Bus Bistro! Board a vintage London double-decker bus and tour either Glasgow or Edinburgh, whilst tucking into a delicious afternoon tea! They can choose their preferred destination and indulge in quintessentially British treats, including a selection of finger sandwiches, Scottish smoked salmon blinis, mini quiches, petit fours, mini Victoria sponges, meringues, traditional scones with fresh whipped cream and jam and unlimited tea and coffee.
If the teacher is more of a pub person than afternoon tea, treat them to a meal out with a difference at Brewhouse and Kitchen. With locations across the UK, the welcoming pubs make the perfect place for a delicious meal.
Alternatively, Marco Pierre White’s restaurant is a contemporary steakhouse and grill that provides a stylish, atmospheric setting to enjoy quality food and a refreshing glass of fizz. Situated on the 25th floor of The Cube building in Birmingham, they can enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the city below whilst dining from a menu of British classics like succulent steaks and devilish desserts whilst soaking in the sophisticated surroundings.
Any teacher would love to embark on a spectacular lunch cruise along the River Thames for two. A perfect blend of delicious cuisine and views of London’s iconic scenery, it is guaranteed to be an unforgettable day. It includes a two-course meal each whilst enjoying a delightful voyage past the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, The Shard, the London Eye, Big Ben and more.
If your child’s teacher loves wine then an Italian food and wine pairing experience at Veeno could be the perfect gift. It will give them the opportunity to become an expert in the field of fine wines and cheese in the comfort of their classy wine cafe.
Every teacher enjoys a good bottle as a thank you, but how about allowing them to gain a deeper insight into the fine craft with a drink experiences. These sessions give connoisseurs the chance to sample their favourite tipples in vineyards, breweries and high-end bars across the country.
This fascinating tour covers each process involved in wine making – from seeing the seeds being planted to the all-important taste test! It’s an exclusive opportunity to discover the light and refreshing elegance of English wines before being treated to a delicious lunch or afternoon tea.
A great gift for any gin loving teacher would be a chance to discover the workings of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Hampshire. A knowledgeable guide hosts the experience, showing gin lovers what goes into every bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin. Sip on a complimentary gin cocktail each before discovering the 10 exotic botanicals infused into Bombay Sapphire gin and learn about their unique vapour infusion distillation process which makes this brand so exquisite.
The perfect gift for someone who loves a top-quality tipple would be a cocktail making experience at the Tropical Escape Bar. Pop the cork on a bottle of prosecco, tuck into fresh, sun-ripened strawberries and get ready to stir up some fun. Follow the ten steps to create a delicious, fruity sharing cocktail, using only the very best Laki Kane spiced dry rum, tropical fruit mixers, fresh fruit and rose lemonade.
A day out is always a lovely gift and there are so many to choose from across the country. Whether a teacher would like to see a West End Musical or race around a track in a sports car, there is a gift for everyone to experience.
Tickets to a West End show would make a fantastic gift. They could enjoy a musical remix of Shakespeare’s timeless love story with & Juliet, sing along to hits from Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons with Jersey Boys or enjoy the hilariously funny The Play That Goes Wrong. There are so many great shows to choose from!
You could give a teacher a unique sightseeing experience for two in London with entrance to The View from The Shard. Let them travel up the magnificent piece of architecture and take in London from the viewing platform at 800 feet, experiencing a really iconic part of London’s skyline.
For something completely different, let the teacher take to the skies with a breath-taking helicopter tour with a glass of bubbly in hand. After a safety briefing, they’ll prepare to fly high and be lifted off the ground for six miles at one of a range of locations dotted throughout the UK.
For any teacher that loves supercars, this experience provides the opportunity to pick two cars from a tempting range of top of the range supercars. Choose from elite Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and more. After the safety briefing has finished, they can buckle up and throttle round the circuit for three exhilarating miles in each supercar!
Give a teacher the chance to experience the great outdoors with an exhilarating adventure in the tree tops at Go Ape. After a safety briefing, they will slip on a harness and prepare to come across plenty of obstacles and challenges as they climb around in the trees. There are rope courses, swings and zip wires creating an adrenaline-pumping climbing experience that is full of action-packed adventure.
If your teacher loves football, give them the chance to experience one of the world’s most celebrated football clubs. The Old Trafford museum traces the club’s rich history, from its founding year of 1878 to the present day. It’s a chance to gain an insight into the careers of key administrators, players and managers of the club. They can even sit in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand to get an incredible pitch view and visit the players’ dressing room and go into the dugout, finishing with them emerging from the players’ tunnel.
Why not give the teacher the opportunity to see London from a whole new perspective with Up at The O2? Let them mbark on an urban mountaineering adventure across the iconic piece of architecture. They’ll get kitted out in a comfy climb suit, boots and a harness, before watching a safety briefing video and meeting the friendly climb guides. Then it’s time to begin the ascent towards the summit of The O2, climbing a suspended walkway, equipped with a support rail and harness system. Once at the top, they can take a breather on the viewing platform and survey the panoramic views of Greenwich and beyond!
Experiences at home
Instead of a traditional experience, you can spread joy in the shape of a home delivered experience as a way to say thank you.
Give a teacher a chance to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea for two from Piglet’s Pantry in the comfort of their own home at a time that suits them. It’s a delicious, mouth-watering spread that includes mini sausage rolls, Scotch eggs, ham hock and mature cheddar quiche, plain scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, tea bags and a selection of cakes, including carrot cake with cream cheese icing, blueberry, banana or lemon curd cake and lemon drizzle.
Anyone who loves beauty products will appreciate a GLOSSYBOX subscription. Each month includes a box of goodies delivered to their door. The box contents differs each month but always includes a mixture of five miniature and full-sized products, perfectly packaged in a signature box. From skincare to beauty and haircare, each delivery includes carefully selected products from some of the most popular brands in cosmetics.
If the teachers in your life are coffee lovers then a Beans Coffee Club subscription would make a great gift. They have a vast selection of coffee sourced from some of the UK’s finest roasters, giving the teachers a fresh bag of coffee delivered direct every month. They can select preferences like the brewing method, whole bean or pre-ground coffee and even decaffeinated coffee if they want. Plus, they can even choose a specific flavour profile.
I hope that’s given you some inspiration and you find the perfect gift for your children’s teachers . If you need even more ideas, you can find the full range of Red Letter Days experiences here.