Unique gifts that say ‘Thank You, Teacher!’
The shops are full of ‘Thank You Teacher’ cards. But wouldn’t you rather give a card and gift with a difference? Made in here’s unique gifts are handmade locally, and inspired by local stories. Perfect for the local legend who got you through the weirdest school year ever.
Best Southampton souvenir for ‘Sir’
We love to champion local artists at Made in Here. Our ‘Call Me Sir’ Thank You Teacher Gift Set (£5.50) is an A** example. Featuring a design created exclusively for MiH by Southampton artist Aaron Jay, this special gift set includes our quirky ‘You can call me Sir‘ greetings card, plus four matching cartoon coasters.
The cartoon is a tribute to Southampton’s Old Bowling Green, the world’s oldest bowling green still in use (since 1299!). Its annual Knighthood tournament sees the winner crowned “Sir”, and all participants dress in top hats and tails. A brilliant souvenir for a Hampshire teacher… or for any well-dressed Sir or Mizz.
Best thank you gift for the teacher who made lockdown bearable
Here’s a really cool gift to remember a school year full of lockdowns: a solid pewter key ring, in the shape of the legendary Spitfire fighter jet. Our ‘Sir & Spitfire’ Thank You Teacher Gift Set (£6.50) includes the key ring plus ‘You can call me Sir‘ card. The pewter Spitfire Key Ring, which commemorates the legendary fighter jet developed in Southampton in the 1930s, is made by artisans using locally-sourced pewter. If you prefer, you can buy The Spitfire Key ring on its own for £5.50.
- Did you know that pewter is 100% sustainable and recyclable? It may be ideal for building mini planes, but it doesn’t cover any air miles! All our pewter is made (and recycled) here in the UK. Find out about this magnificent metal – and discover more of our pewter gifts – in our blog article.
Best thank you gift for your university tutor
Southampton’s Cowherds pub is a favourite with students and staff at the city’s universities and colleges. Our ‘Beer Money’ Thank You Teacher Gift Set (£14.50) is a tribute to the pub and its Southampton Common location, as well as to our local legend, the Spitfire. Along with our solid pewter Magnetic Spitfire Bottle Opener (£13.30 to buy on its own), this gift set includes Aaron Jay’s ‘Beer money’ card.
Aaron’s beer cartoon remembers Edward Dyett, the cowherd turned brewer whose home became a pub in the late 18th century… and still does a roaring trade as The Cowherds.
Best thank you gift for the teacher with a sweet tooth
Made in Here is choc-full of artisan chocolate, handmade by our local chocolatiers, so you won’t have trouble finding a gift for your sweet-toothed teacher. You may have trouble choosing one, though! Our top pick is the Wave Bar (£2.75), a giant handmade bar of milk and dark chocolate. It’s decorated in swirls and sprinkled with sea salt to represent Southampton’s unique double tide.
If you’d rather give a box of chocolates, how about our handmade New Forest Honey Chocolates (£10.95)? These milk chocolate cubes are filled with decadent ganache and flavoured with New Forest honey. Our Honey Chocolates Gift Set (£12.95) pairs a box of New Forest Honey Chocolates with your choice of greetings card. A great nature-inspired choice would be the Sycamore Tree Greetings Card by local printmaker Rachel Reynolds, who wanted to commemorate the sycamores of Southampton Common.
- Click here for our full range of greetings cards. All our cards are designed by local artists, and printed sustainably by local printers, using vegetable inks and responsibly-sourced card. All are blank inside, so you can add your own message. Try Wise Owl by Cheshire artist Sarah Capper for your favourite wise teacher.
Best thank you gift for a teacher who deserves a spa break
There’s only one thing an exhausted teacher wants more than a spa break: a spa break in the privacy of home! Our Bodycare pages are packed with organic, cruelty-free products made by artisans on your teacher’s doorstep. Our Hampshire Mint, Lime & Lemongrass Body Cream (from £3.50) is an enduring favourite. Bundle it with our Hampshire Mint, Lime & Lemongrass Body Wash (from £2.95) and Hair Wash (from £2.95) for even more of that divine lemongrass fragrance. Add our Citrus Ginger Spice Conditioner (from £2.95) so teacher can let her hair down in style.
Or get it all wrapped up with our Pamper Box (£22.50), a gift box full of Hampshire Mint, Lime & Lemongrass products. The box also includes two hand-poured candles, and our handmade Dark Mint Chocolate Magic Circles to sweeten the deal.
Best thank you gift for your art teacher (or your art-loving maths teacher!)
A picture paints a thousand words, so say “thanks a million” with a limited-edition art gift by a local artist. Sycamore Art Print (£35, free delivery) is a signed giclee print by Hampshire’s Rachel Reynolds. It’s also available (a little more cheaply) as a greetings card and bone china mug.
Art-loving history teachers may prefer our striking Spitfire Wall Art Print (£22) by Southampton artist Steve Roberts. The brilliant Mayflower Vintage Stamps Tea Towel (£9.50) is another head-turning Southampton souvenir, designed by local artist Hannah Fitzpatrick. It features a linocut of the Pilgrim Fathers’ ship, which sailed to the New World in 1620.
Best thank you gift for school support staff
Dinner ladies, caretakers and cleaners… these are the people who hold a school together (sometimes literally). Show them your gratitude with a gift of New Forest Hand Balm (£8.95) and New Forest Hand Exfoliant (£6.95), which leave even the school gardener’s hands soft and fragrant. Or get a little extra help from our special ultra-moisturising WISP Balm (£9.50), which was designed by an Army veteran to help heal soldiers’ wounds. £1 from every WISP Balm sale goes to Help for Heroes. And what better ‘thank you’ card for a busy bee than this beautiful Honey Bee in Flowers (£2.95)?
Give your favourite teacher a gold star!
Our cute little gold-plated Robin pencil topper (£2.95) is a gold star gift for a gold star teacher. Robin is just one of our mini handmade sculptures that fit snugly on the end of a pencil or pen. A Titanic fan teacher would love the gold-plated Titanic Ship’s Wheel (£2.95). A teacher who’s a bit less keen on bling may prefer pewter without the gold plating: for example Warrior the WWI War Horse (£2.70) and Titanic Anchor (£2.50), both in solid pewter with that vintage finish. Whatever pencil topper you choose (collect ’em all!), we’ll include a Made in Here pencil and Trivia Tag for free.
- Spend more than £30 and we’ll deliver your purchases free, anywhere in the UK
- All our parcels are packed carefully and sustainably, using recycled and recyclable materials
- Would you like us to combine gifts in a hand-tied personalised gift box for your teacher? Drop us an email or get in touch on Facebook.