It’s hard to believe, but we’re once again nearing the end of a school term. Although it feels like September was just yesterday, we’ve somehow skipped all the way to November, which means the Christmas holidays are fast approaching.

That’s right - it’s time to hit the panic button and start stressing about the perfect gift to give the teachers in your life. Given how great a job they do of supporting and encouraging your children, we know you’ll want it to be special, which only adds to the pressure of choosing.

At least, it would add to it, if you didn’t have this fantastic list of ideas to inspire you.

1. A personalised mug
If you’ve ever stepped foot inside a school staffroom, you’re sure to have noticed all of the mugs on display. With teachers and teaching assistants galore celebrating their breaks and lunchtimes together, communal tea and coffee sessions are a given, but there’s one big problem – no one can ever find the right cup! This provides the perfect inspiration for a present idea: a personalised mug. Gift one to an educator you appreciate so they never have to waste their downtime searching for a drinking utensil again.

2. A personalised pen pot
Aside from perpetually misplacing their favourite mugs, teachers are notorious for losing something else: pens and pencils. Ever essential for marking work and providing constructive criticism to the children they teach, these important pieces of stationery nonetheless have a bad habit of disappearing, which is why a personalised pen pot makes an ideal present. Give an educator you value somewhere to keep their necessities and show that you’ve really given some thought to their end of year gift.

3. A personalised notebook
Sticking with the stationery theme, personalised notebooks can be another incredibly thoughtful present. Giving teachers somewhere to jot down important asides, as well as a way to keep on top of their to-do list, they not only look cute and quirky, but are super handy to have around too. If you want to add an extra special touch, use the inside of the cover to send a special message from your child, thanking them for all of their hard work and letting them know how much they appreciate it. You could even add your own little note to show that your whole family is grateful for the help and support they’ve provided.

4. A personalised drinks glass
Choosing teacher gifts can be hard, especially when you’re looking for something that’s going to stand out from the crowd. Although chocolates, stationery, and mugs are always appreciated, you can have too much of a good thing, so if you want something a little different, present them with a personalised drinks glass instead. Whether they look like a sophisticated lady who sips on rose or a gent who enjoys the occasional drop of whisky, they’re sure to appreciate any attempt to help them unwind at the end of a long day.

What will you gift the excellent educators in your life?