It's That Time of Year Again.....
While we always really appreciate the work done in the schools and clubs our children attend, I think it's pretty safe to say that this year especially, we are REALLY thankful for the amazing work they do. We've seen parents struggling to explain ways of thinking about Maths entirely new to them, brushing up on History, and tuning in to Joe Wicks' PE , not to mention juggling their own workload with the on again, off again school year, I think without without the amazingly dedicated teachers, teaching assistants, and other school staff, alot of people just wouldn't have coped, and of course our children would have suffered in all sorts of ways.
But what's the best way to say Thank You for all this? We have a few suggestions:
#1 A Handwritten Note or Card
Ask any teacher, and the thing that means the most is a note or letter from you or your child - especially if you explain what a difference they've made. Even better, this is probably the least expensive option of any gift (especially good when you have alot of people to thank!) This lovely card from Katie Sarah is available in our online shop, but all of the Craft Coop shops have unique cards on their shelves.
#2 A Bookmark
Incredibly simple, (and inexpensive) yes - but these bookmarks from (l-r) Lizzy Kightley in our High Wycombe shop (and online), and DotsGloriousDots and Busy Beans, both in our Camberley shop are completely unique. Why not pair one with a book voucher for a favourite independent bookshop, a book by a favourite author, or travel book to make it even more special?
#3 A Handpainted Pot
Let's face it, we all need a handy place to put stuff, and these handpainted tumblers by Colourful Kat Signs in our High Wycombe shop are just the thing for pens, stickers, or even a small plant. Why not pair it with a voucher for your local garden centre, or stationery shop (every teacher loves stationery, right????)
#4 A Little Something Telling them How Great You Think They Are
Sometimes it's the little things that mean the most- like these (l-r) fused glass apples from Bluebell Glass in our Camberley shop, handpainted signs from Colourful Kat Signs in our High Wycombe shop, dotty pebbles from Dots Glorious Dots in Camberley, reclaimed wood and aluminium blocks from LaForge Designs in our Windsor shop, and special hand sanitiser holder from Busy Beans in our Camberley shop.
#5 A Personalised Water Bottle or Mug
Strange Magic Crafts in our Maidenhead and Windsor shops can personalise or put a cute saying on almost anything - including mugs and water bottles - because no teacher wants to have something be "borrowed" in the staff room and not get it back......
#6 A Nice Bottle of Their Favourite Drink
The idea here is to show them that you're not only thanking them for their hard work, but that you're also hoping that they take some time to relax. So provide whatever drink they might enjoy while relaxing- whether it's a nice bottle of wine or a special fizzy drink, or even some really special tea.
To continue on with the the relaxing theme......What could be better than an nice bath and a good sleep? You can find lovely soaps, bath products, and other aids for relaxing in all of our shops, including (l-r) Floral bath bombs from Caroline's Creations and lavender eye pillows from Handcrafted by Gina, found in our Camberley shop, amazing colour changing bathbombs from Lililou in our Maidenhead shop, and Liberty print lavender eye pillows from Indigo and Rose, which you can find in our High Wycombe shop. All of these gorgeous items can also be found in our online shop.
#8 A Voucher for their Favourite Thing
The great thing about vouchers is that they can be used for almost anything, and for any amount - and also, of course the recipient is free to choose the thing they like the best, so you don't have to try and guess. You could pick up a voucher for Craft Coop in one of our shops for any amount (or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send one out to you), or maybe band together with other parents in your child's class and get a voucher for something like a spa day or tickets to a West End show. And don't forget to pair the voucher with a handwritten note or card!