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Discover our edit of thoughtful gifts for top teachers to say thank you 

Looking for the perfect present to thank your child’s teacher and show your appreciation for all their encouragement, kind words and dedication to your little one’s education? We’re here to take the stress out of your search. 

From softly scented candles to personalised presents – you can’t go too wrong with one of these thoughtful gifts. Our top tip? A kind message never goes amiss, so why not include a handwritten note from your child for an extra special touch? It’s sure to be a keepsake they’ll treasure through the years.  

Thank you teacher candles 

Candles are always a good gift idea. Creating a calming ambience with their soothing scent and soft flicker of light, they’ll help any teacher unwind after a busy school term. Or, for a longer-lasting scent, opt for a reed diffuser instead.

Wax Lyrical Reed Diffuser Thank You So Much, £9

• Size: 40ml 

The perfect teacher present does exist. It’s this sweet-smelling reed diffuser, laced with crisp apple, fresh florals and moody musk – neatly packaged in a beautiful bottle and box, inscribed with the message ‘Thank you so much’.

Landon Tyler Sentiment Candle - You are Amazing - Midnight Pomegranate, £5

• Size: 140g 

Another sentimental candle, this time from Landon Tyler. This fragrant gift features a ‘you are amazing’ message on the box and jar, and it’s filled with the comforting scent of pomegranate, red berries and spicy pink pepper.

The White Collection Floral Candle, £8

• Size: 160g

This sophisticated candle, housed in a chic glass vessel, will likely take pride of place on their coffee table. As for the scent, think delicate florals with a hint of creamy vanilla – a cocooning combination.

Aroma Works Lemongrass & Bergamot Gift Set, £19.99

• Candle is hand-poured in the UK

• Made from soy wax and essential oils

• Vegan 

Thank a teacher with this mood-boosting gift set, complete with a soy wax candle and two natural bath bombs. All the products are scented with an uplifting lemongrass and bergamot blend to encourage a moment of me-time.

Skinnydip x Sophie Hannah Have a Nice Day Scented Candle, £12

• Sophie Hannah printed candle

• Glass jar

Guaranteed to put a smile on their face, this cool candle boasts a pretty, pink design that’s topped off with a feel-good message and yellow sunshine. Once alight, it will fill their home with a wild berry scent.

Reception teacher thank you gifts 

Looking for reception teacher thank you gifts? Turn your attention to our cherry-picked selection of beauty staples. Any one of these products will show just how appreciative you are of them taking your little one under their wing during their first year of school.

Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish, £2.95

• Size: 50ml

• Travel size body polish

Whether they’re spending the school holiday at home or abroad, treat them to this skin-savvy, travel-friendly body scrub that’s loaded with shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar to help transform dry, lacklustre limbs into glowing pins.

L’Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara Duo Set, £21.50

• Two mascaras

Mascara is the unsung hero of our beauty bag that can dial up a make-up moment in seconds. This gift set from L’Oréal Paris features not one, but two Lash Paradise Mascaras that deliver a full, fluttery, flake-free finish.

Ted Baker Little Beauties Gift Set 1, £12.50

• Gift set

• Cruelty-free

This stunning set from Ted Baker comes complete with a long-lasting body spray, a revitalising body wash and an indulgent hand cream – all wrapped up in a chic, floral beauty bag.  

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 100ml Starter Kit, £17

• Size: 100ml

• Sustainably manufactured cotton cloth

• Cruelty-free

Guaranteed to please, the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish range is a cult classic for good reason. The creamy formula takes off the day without stripping skin of essential moisture, thanks to a skin-loving blend of cocoa butter, camomile and eucalyptus.

Champneys Treatments Moisturising Face Masks, £10

• Size: 3 x 37ml

• Face sheet mask

Used by spa therapists at the renowned Champneys resorts, treat a teacher to these moisturising face masks that will help them to unwind at home. In each box, they’ll find three masks all jam-packed with skin-soothing ingredients.

Thank you teacher gift basket 

If you’re struggling to find the perfect present, consider building your own thank you teacher gift basket instead. Here’s our ultimate list for inspiration, spanning everything from a water bottle to face masks and shower oils. Oh, and for extra marks, add a big bow.

Invisibobble Self-Care Kit, £9.99

• Includes one large scrunchie

• Includes six small Invisibobbles

A great basket filler, this self-care kit from Invisibobble features a selection of hair ties that don’t pull or snag hair. Instead, they comfortably hold hair up. Inside, there’s six classic hair ties (three pink and three clear), as well as one plush, pink scrunchie.

Boots Extracts Coconut Body Scrub, £8

• Size: 250ml

• Made with natural extracts and oils

No present hamper is complete without a beauty product or two. This scrub from Boots gently sloughs away dulling dead skin cells with its rich formula, featuring coconut extract and sweet almond oil, leaving skin silky smooth.

Joules Insulated Water Bottle, £16

• Size: 500ml

• Made of stainless steel

• Double walled to keep drinks hot and cold

• Carry handle

A great gift on its own or as part of a present basket, this chic floral water bottle features a beautiful design, is crafted from metal and double walled to help keep drinks both hot and cold. It also boasts a handy handle for drinking out and about.

Garnier Sheet Mask Discovery Collection, £10

• Three face masks and two under-eye masks

• Vegan

The ultimate addition to any pamper hamper, this beauty bundle comes with five bestselling sheet masks (three for face, two for under the eyes) that promise to help skin feel nourished with a cocktail of natural plant extracts and hyaluronic acid.

Aromatherapy Associates Perfect Partners, £24

• Size: 2 x 9ml

• Suitable for adults only

• Not recommended during pregnancy

Go all out with your thank you teacher gift basket and spoil them with this set that includes mini Deep Relax and mini Revive Morning shower oils. Both smell sublime and are designed to either energise or deeply relax the body and mind, depending on the time of day.  

Personalised thank you teacher gifts 

If you’re not in a last-minute rush to grab a gift, treat them to a personalised present that will show your true gratitude for the role they’ve had in your child’s development. From a personalised scented candle to a bespoke chopping board, take your pick from our extra-special edit of unique teacher gifts below.

Treat Republic Personalised Scented Candle Relaxation, £30

• Hand-poured in the UK

• Burn time up to 45 hours

• Message up to 60 characters

Gifting gold, this softly scented candle – which combines warming woods with delicate florals and fresh fruits – can be personalised with a special message that’s engraved onto the metal lid.

Treat Republic Personalised My Wine Glass, £19.99

• Name up to 12 characters

• Hand wash only

Treat them to a tipple with this chic wine glass that can be personalised with a teacher’s name. For a gold star, pair this present with a bottle of wine that can be enjoyed in their new glass.

Treat Republic Personalised Large Bamboo Lunch Box, £29.99

• Size: 12x20x8.5cm

• Has a solid bamboo lid and the box is made from recycled bamboo fibre

• Name up to 12 characters

Teachers need lunch, too. And this bamboo box is the perfect container to house their food and snacks in. Seriously stylish, the solid bamboo lid can be engraved with their name, so that it never goes missing in the school’s staffroom.

Treat Republic Personalised Gin and Tonic Chopping Board, £21.99

• Size: 40x12.5x1.5cm

• Hand wash only

• Made from bamboo

• Name up to 12 characters

Ideal for gin enthusiasts, this chopping board is crafted from bamboo and is the perfect place to slice lemons and limes. It can also be made bespoke with the teacher’s name carved into the corner.

Treat Republic Personalised Insulated Stemless Matte Black Wine Tumbler, £18

• Size: 350ml

• Reusable

• Fitted with plastic lid

• Name up to 12 characters

A practical present, this chic stemless tumbler can be carried on-the-go thanks to the plastic lid that prevents any spillages. It can be taken on picnics, garden parties and filled with hot or cold drinks. For a special touch, personalise it with their name.