Over the weekend, I asked my three-year-old preschooler on what she would like to get for her teacher on Teachers’ Day. After thinking for a couple of minutes, she replied, “I will get Teacher a cake – a very big strawberry cake for teachers’ day!” She excitedly explained that a huge cake would require sharing and her Teacher always said sharing was caring.
As she went back to playing with her little sister, I thought, a cake does seem like an okay idea for teachers’ day, but was it enough? I would rather the teachers receive a thoughtful gift that is useful and meaningful, yet can go a long way.
I mean, what could be worse than buying your child’s teacher a pair of cute earrings to show your gratitude, only to find at the next parent-teacher meeting that she doesn’t have pierced ears?
To help you out on the quest to find the perfect gifts for your child’s favourite teachers, we asked some teachers here in Singapore what they would like for their special day!
Marina Lim, Pathlight School Singapore:
“I would love for my students to work together and draw a picture of me ala-Andy Warhol! I also wish for a mind-reading machine so I can read what’s going on in the minds of my children.”
Aslinda Abdullah, preschool teacher:
“I would love a pair of shoes with cooling gels in the insoles. We teachers run around a lot, so to have those from my students would be terrific!”
Rajwin Kahlon, preschool teacher:
“A full body massage chair, equipped with the legs as well – able to move around, placed at my desk. And it just needs to be plugged in! Don’t think it’s been invented at all though, but that’s what I would want!”
Michelle, preschool teacher:
“As I’m obsessed with hats, I would love for them to get me a quirky head gear!”
Gammar Basharahil, tutor:
“A pen with red ink that never runs out, and a shoulder massager from Osim!”
Shakirah Mastan,Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School:
“I would be happy with any of the following – a plush toy in the form of my favourite students/model students, a 3kg chocolate cake with my face on it as a token of appreciation, or for my students to form the words’ we Love You Cikgu/Madam Shakirah’ with themselves, take a picture of it and frame it up for me.”
Abdul Rahim, Springfield Secondary School:
“It would be awesome if I could watch my students hold a performance in my name! I’d be so honoured!”
Yany, White Lodge Kindergarten:
“maybe a report card by my students? I would love to know what I’m like from their point of view! I would also love something functional or homemade, like stationery or a framed drawing from the child. It never fails to bring out the Awww… in me! “
Amirah Arman, Boon Lay Garden Primary School:
“I’m in need of table decorations – something quirky like portable fans, mugs, magnet, signboards and all that. Oh, I would love to have a Best Teacher Award trophy!”
Anyway, here’s a list of gifts I deem pretty awesome, and would make any teacher feel special on Teachers Day:IN Festivities | August 30, 2012