Gift for Teacher - End of Year - NSW

End of year is approaching soon. I was going to arrange a gift for my son's teacher.
NSW Dept Ed's rules for gifts are here https://policies.education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library/associa....
I was considering getting gift cards to somewhere nice like Quay or Tetsuya's.
They will be given only at end of year and maybe I will hand them to the principal first and the principal will communicate it was from the "Kindergarten parents" rather than naming myself in particular.
Has anyone in NSW done something like this where the gift was over $50 and it was allowed to be accepted?

Cheers.

Comments

  • +1 vote

    Just give them a Coles/Woolies gift card. If you want to give more money, give them a David Jones/JB HIFI/Myer gift card too!

  • +3 votes

    Fine dining voucher is a nice idea, so long as it’s enough for them to go with a second person and enjoy it without having to pay more themselves. I really wouldn’t worry about being anonymous, I think the other parents and teacher would find it weird if it’s from the ‘kindy parents’ and it’s not. Like others have said they just have to declare it if over $50.

    Coles group and Myer gift card (includes Kmart, officeworks, target) is another good way to go, perhaps do a $50 voucher with a nice bottle of wine so neither gift is over $50.

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      Yes, I was aware I would need to pay dining for 2.
      I am asking around discreetly for said teacher's culinary and dietary preferences.
      Otherwise as posted by another member a personalized fountain pen is my backup option with it being declared first.
      Many thanks for your advice.

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        The set menu at Tetsuya Is $250 per person, and an additional $150 odd for matching wine per person… so are you intending to give $500-$800 per teacher to cover dining for two??

        If not, I would suggest a more modest gift than fine dining, Eg chocolate or wine as suggested by others

  • +2 votes

    would like nice if you can add a personal note of appreciation along with the gift. will make your teacher more happy.

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    buy him a house and that way you don't really need to pen a personal note of appreciation.

  • +1 vote

    Coffee and Wine- You just can't go wrong! Also book vouchers depending if it is someone form an English department!

  • +1 vote

    Intending to get a something for the school librarian who has stepped above and beyond in helping our child but good to know of the $50 limit before declarations etc.

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      The limit varies. Pretty sure Qld is $150.

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    A powerbank.

  • +2 votes

    Best gifts I’ve received:
    * I wear cons so a student thanked me with a new pair.
    * A student drew an amazing portrait of me.
    * A student anonymously pranked me for two years and then printed out a shirt with the pranking item on it and gave it to me.
    * A student made me a personalised mug with something I usually say printed on it.
    * Multiple students had t-shirts printed that thanked me and then they wore those shirts on their last day.

    • +1 vote

      Thanks for the insight and especially you and your profession.

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        I thought more about it and I don’t think I should have said ‘best gifts’. They’re memorable but I was feeling down and over worked and unappreciated earlier this year and a student brought me some chocolates and it picked me up and made me feel better. That would be one of the best gifts. Along with beautiful letters of thanks and appreciation.

        It’s all good.

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    You should pre arrange some kind of code system, you deliver the present in disguise but wear something distinctive like a red flower in your shirt pocket. Say something like “the eagle had landed” when handing over the gift and get the principal to say something in code back to acknowledge that it’s really him.

  • +1 vote

    Teachers work so hard, I know 2 and wish they got paid a lot more.

  • -1 vote

    lingerie

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    My younger brother worked at a rich private school. He was given a single present by the whole class. It was 10 days plus flights at a treehouse resort in New Caledonia for he and his wife.

    Seemed appropriate for the amount of time that he and most teachers put in.

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    Sorry to be blunt, but why would they deserve any gift? Everyone does long hours, my from my mechanic friends to accountants, no one is a stranger to "long hours".
    12 weeks a year guaranteed annual leave is more than enough.

    • +1 vote

      It’s not 12 weeks.

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      I guess no one cares about your work? It's not because he/she's a teacher, but because they appreciate his/her work.

      When I was working as a barista, plenty of times got gifts from customers in my last week. It's about the connections you do with them.

      Ps. u jelly about the 12 weeks? What is stopping you from becoming a teacher and enjoy stress-free work, plenty of gifts from parents and students, minimal hours and 100k per year?

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    Not sure your plans, when I ate at quay, with wines etc, the bill was well over $1k for the pair of us.

    Not many people want to pay that or even half that, so make sure the voucher is for two. Thats also crazy generous.

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      Agree. OP hasn’t clearly acknowledged the cost here…

  • +1 vote

    Ohoho! No need to get me a gift?! How thoughtful! Although the wine would pair nicely with a steamed ham! 🍔

    • +1 vote

      Simpson meme? At OzB?Locatized entirely within this thread?!

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    A nice pen

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    Update if anyone was still interested.
    Ended up getting a fountain pen with some spare ink cartridges and handed it over yesterday afternoon without issues.
    Thanks for all the comments.
    Cheers

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      I love fountain pens. Which did you end up buying?

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        This Waterman from DJ's Sydney City, plus 2 packs of spare ink catridges and 2 notebooks with the leather looking covers. All up around $268 retail, used DJ's giftcards that were 10% off (from earlier in the year) and there was a promo for 20% off writing instruments.