Teachers end of year Gift Ideas – In association with Two Ducks, St Johns, Woking

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“The future of the world is in my classroom today”.

Ivan Welton Fitzwater


I really cannot believe it is almost the end of another school year.

Where is the time going?!

My eldest shall be moving into year 4 and my middle one will be in year 2. The toddler is still home with me until 2018…not that I am counting down to when he starts school or anything 😉

It’s a cliche, I know, but it really does only seem like yesterday that they were starting in Reception. The fact that my eldest only has 3 years of Primary school left scares me half to death! It’s just zoomed past in the blink of an eye.

We are so lucky to have been allocated places at a fabulous school near us, which the boys are thriving at. The school is super, the parents and friendships some of us have made are sure to last a lifetime and the teaching is beyond brilliant.

Teachers have one of the most demanding, and variable, jobs in the world in my opinion. They are often responsible for the learning of 30 children and have to meet the huge demands and expectations of governments, parents and headteachers. It is a rewarding job, but also a tough one. I know many people joke that half of the year is holiday for teachers, but this truly isn’t the case. The amount of hours they put in out of school hours, prepping, planning and marking, is enormous and it is all done for the benefit of our children. They have to adapt what they are teaching to suit the different learning styles of each of the children in their class and they have to remember each child’s specific personality in order to ensure they are getting the most out of them, all whilst keeping it fun, entertaining and engaging. It’s no mean feat.

 So, as the school year draws to a close, and the teachers finally do get to have a little bit of down time, it is only right (in my opinion) that they are rewarded with a little something from the class to say thank you; a memento for the teacher to remember their class by.

We have always done this at our school in the form of a class collection and then the money collected is used to get the teacher a gift. I think it is a really lovely way of ending the year and of showing your appreciation of all the hard work they have done.


Two Ducks Logo

 If you are local to Surrey, there is a superb little shop in St Johns, Woking, which is the ideal place for you to head to in order to buy your teacher a unique, and thoughtful, gift that they are sure to appreciate.

The shop is called, Two Ducks, and it is owned by a lovely lady called Claire.

Photo of Claire, owner of Two Ducks

 Claire is local to the area and decided to start Two Ducks in November 2013 as a pop-up shop in Woking town centre. In May 2014, Claire took the plunge and found a premises in the little village of St Johns, Woking, and it is here that Two Ducks now thrives.

You can read more about the lovely Claire, and why she started her business, by clicking here.

Claire’s shop ethos is that all her produce is British made, which I love. There is nothing nicer than turning over a beautiful mug to see the name of the town in which it was made imprinted on the bottom of it, or to find some Jam that has been lovingly made in a small British village. The best of British, right on our doorstep. A small, local business, supporting other small local businesses.


Teacher’s end of year gift ideas

The shop itself is a treasure trove of loveliness. It is a quirky building, full of character, and is actually much larger once you’re inside, a bit like stepping into a Tardis! You can take a virtual tour of the shop here.

Full of super gift ideas to suit every personality, you are sure to find something at Two Ducks.

Here are a few to whet your appetite!

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1. Perfect for clubbing together..

These beautiful boards, hand-painted by St.John’s artist Victoria Page, can be personalised with the teacher and children’s names. The pictures can be made with the class emblem (e.g. fox) or just with a plain heart  (£25)

NB: These take a week to make, come in a variety of colours & require all the children’s names with upfront payment

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2. Perfect for hanging on teacher’s door

Teacher’s choice are these stunning hand-painted door/classroom signs (£14.95, you can also put the class name on the reverse)

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3. Perfect For teacher’s house

These pretty porcelain hand thrown tea-lights are a fab reminder of the class & can be paired with gorgeous scented tea lights (Tea-light £15)

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4.Perfect for a token pressie

They have a range of sweet little gifts from £2.50 to £8 including ‘best teacher’ soaps, chocolates, votive candles, pen pots, hand creams & glass earring dishes/coasters- perfect for when you need to buy for lots of people!

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5. Perfect for a boxed gift

Why don’t you make up a boxed gift with from items of your own choice? You could mix and match normal gifts with foodie gifts (chocolates, popcorn, scarves, etc)  (Prices range from £10 up)

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6. Perfect for a simple thank-you

They have a wide range of lovely cards to say ‘thank-you teacher/teaching assistant’, ‘Good luck on your 1st day at school’, ‘Congrats on your results’, ‘Good luck at University (from £2.50)

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If there are too many lovely things to choose from, or you’re not sure what your child’s teacher would like, why not let them choose something themselves by giving them the gift of a Two Ducks Gift Voucher?

You can buy Gift Vouchers for Two Ducks, online, by clicking here.


 I hope this has given you a few ideas for end of year gifts and I am sure Claire would love to see some new faces in her shop! She is lovely so do swing on by if you’re passing and say hi to her whilst having a look around (and if you happen to have paid her a visit by finding her because of this post, do let her know!).

It really is an Aladdin’s cave of gorgeous gifts!

(Directions to Two Ducks)


If you live too far away from Surrey, and sadly can’t make it in to her stunning little shop, Claire can do her utmost to send things to you in the post. Feel free to phone her at the shop or email her using this online contact form and she will get back to you ASAP.

 …and lastly, good luck with the Summer Holidays Parents! Once more unto the breach comrades, we can do this! (Maybe with a little help from a few bottles of wine and a sip or two of a G&T! – Let’s hope the sun finally get’s it’s hat on!)

Gems.x

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4 Comments

  1. July 5, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    Some really lovely things. We’re just doing vouchers which lacks some originality xx
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  2. admin
    July 5, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    I love vouchers – guilt free shopping!!!x

  3. admin
    July 5, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Ah, that’s a cute idea… ☺️☺️ x

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