Say Thank You With These 7 Unique Christmas Gift Ideas For Teachers

Meg Draffin

Teachers give so much to our children throughout the school year. So when Christmas time approaches, it’s a lovely gesture to say thank you with a thoughtful gift. At RedBalloon, we understand that finding unique Christmas gift ideas for teachers can be difficult. You must consider what is appropriate and what your child’s teacher might enjoy outside of work. To make your job easier, we’ve compiled a list of amazing end-of-year teacher gifts to help you say thank you.

Pasta cooking class Padstow Sydney

Cooking classes

A great teacher’s Christmas gift allows them to learn something new. With a passion for education and knowledge, it should be no surprise that many teachers love to learn new skills themselves. With food being such an integral part of our lives, a cooking class would be the perfect way to try a new skill while indulging in some new and delicious recipes. Whether they prefer Japanese, Thai, or Italian food, or even if they have a major sweet tooth, you can find a class fit for every taste.

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Seafood pasta at Otto Ristorante Brisbane

Dining experiences

If you’re Christmas shopping for a foodie, you can’t go wrong with a dining experience. From casual brunches to degustation dinners and fine dining experiences, there are many different dining options that would make for a gorgeous teacher Christmas gift. Christmas gifts are very personal, so if you know a teacher in your life who loves food, treat them to a meal that they can share with one of their loved ones. Take your pick from a range of delicious cuisine, including Modern Australian, Italian, Asian and more.

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wine tasting & tours

Brewery or Winery Tour

Another thoughtful gift for a teacher to enjoy in their time off is a winery tour. From appreciation courses to tastings and winery tours, there are so many fun options to enjoy. RedBalloon offers tours in some of Australia’s most prominent and popular wine regions, including the Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley, and Yarra Valley. Gifting a winery tour in a beautiful vineyard might also give them the perfect excuse to book a trip away.

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Paint and sip class Byron Bay

Paint and Sip Class

Let your child’s teacher get creative with an art and craft class. There’s an assortment of art classes they can partake in, including sculpting, making mosaic lamps, and even perfume making, but our top pick for a unique Christmas gift idea for a teacher is a paint and sip class. Book them a private class that will allow them  to tap into their creative mind for the night, painting away while enjoying some drinks and nibbles with a group of friends.

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Escape rooms

Give your teacher a gift to get their thinking cap on for a bit of fun and a challenge. For the ultimate Christmas gift idea for a teacher, we would recommend an escape room. From more traditional themed escape rooms to a virtual reality experience, escape rooms promise a day full of fun. Solving puzzles and overcoming challenges with a group of people can be difficult, but it can really get the blood pumping while racing against the clock to solve mysteries in order to win. Escape rooms are an excellent way to challenge someone you appreciate and would make an unexpected yet excellent teacher Christmas gift.

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Jet boat driving past Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Jet boat ride

If your child’s teacher loves the great outdoors or the ocean, look no further than a jet boat ride. The thrill of flying across the ocean is irresistible and is a feeling that can’t be easily replicated. As far as Christmas gift ideas for a teacher go, there are few as exciting and as unique as jet boating.

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gift vouchers

Gift Voucher

When it comes to selecting experiences, knowing someone’s personal preferences can be crucial, e.g. whether they like the outdoors and whether they can swim or not. Instead of risking it, give them a gift card that can be redeemed for any experience that takes their fancy. Gift cards are a safe bet and make very suitable Christmas gifts for teachers you may not know everything about.

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Frequently Asked Questions around gifting for teachers

How much do you give to teachers for a Christmas gift?

This all depends on your preference. There is no exact number or rule when it comes to gifting, so it’s really up to you to decide what seems appropriate. When thinking about Christmas gift ideas for a teacher or how much to spend, you might want to consider how much of an impact they have had on your child, how long they have been teaching your child, or what the norm is at your child’s school. With so many fun experiences to choose from, no matter the price range, you are bound to find something suitable. For more Christmas gift ideas, see our guide and make shopping easier.

Is it OK to give gift cards to teachers?

It is more than OK to give gift cards to teachers! Depending on how well you know the teacher, it may seem impossible to pinpoint what kind of a gift they would appreciate. A wonderful thank-you teacher gift would allow them to choose an experience they know they’ll love.

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