Remember your first day in school ever? Of course, you don’t! Ask your parents and they will fondly recollect the tales of your tears and tantrums when you crossed the threshold of your home to enter the world of kindergarten/school. On your little feet, you toddled towards someone who first held your hands… and then came one after another who guided you through the years of your academic journey… These are women and men who virtually become your second parents in your second homes — be it school, college or any other educational institution. They are your teachers! We love some of them; we dread some of them; and we silently admire some of them.
Come to think of it, many of us have spent more hours in the company of our teachers than we have with our parents and siblings, especially in school and college life! Years of learning and exploring, days of exams and homework and moments of playfulness and seriousness — it’s teachers who shape up your growing years.
This Teachers’ Day, we bring you five interesting gifting ideas to bring a smile on the face of those who inspired you the most. Whether you are a student at present or an ex-pupil, here’s your chance to express gratitude and to strengthen that special bond once again.
1. Books are their Best Friends
Books are the best friends for many who prefer to spend hours together in the company of a HarperCollins paperback than engage in glib talks with the likes of Ms Kapoor or Mr Nair. If your favourite teacher is one of them, bingo! No better gift than a book! Before picking one from the shelf, considered his/her reading interests. While their academic subject of expertise gives you a clue, don’t restrict the selection to their subject area alone.
Many prefer to read diverse subjects. Recollect any of those casual conversations with your teacher outside classroom that may help you choose a book. And here’s how you can add a colourful edge to your gift. A handmade bookmark! From beaded to fabric and postage stamp crafts to simple ‘Thank You’ in paper, you can design a bespoke bookmark with a personalized touch.
2. Collective Memories Forever with Souvenirs
It’s the collective classroom memories that you cherish the most and so do your teachers. What better way of saying ‘Thank You’ than making a collective effort? Whether it’s designing a jumbo-size greeting card or presenting a photo frame/album or getting a travel mug customized, make it a team work so you can enliven the classroom memories.
3. Tote Bags & Other Usable
The first thing that strikes you about a teacher walking into the staffroom is the bagful of papers and books they carry along. Wouldn’t it make for a worthwhile gift to present them with usables that come handy? Attractive tote bags, stationery boxes, customized notepads and other thoughtful articles are valuable to people who need them the most!
4. Hobbies to Unwind
Who says teachers are a serious lot engaging in intellectual discourses alone. Don’t we know for good that APJ Abdul Kalam’s favourite pastime was playing veena and writing poetry? Do your homework on finding out the favourite hobbies of your teachers… music, films, cricket, cooking… they may be enjoying a host of activities, some of which may even come as a surprise to you. Gift them accordingly and see how her/his face lights up on receiving your token of affection.
5. Teacher’s Day Out
Memories of school picnics and excursions are some of most cherishable ones. Isn’t it time to relieve those moments, especially if you have outgrown your school and college life? This time, let it be a role reversal! Connect with old classmates and plan a weekend getaway with your teacher/s. This may well be a memorable reunion at a scenic location such as lakeside, beach or a hill station. Choose a destination convenient to your teacher/s and make the necessary travel arrangements. Now that’s gonna be a ‘Teachers’ Day out’ with you!