One in ten parents spend £25 on Christmas gifts for their childs
And nearly eight out of ten said their child enjoyed giving their teacher a gift.Teaching assistants were nearly just as lucky, with 41 per cent of parents admitting buying one a gift. Headteachers, however, missed out with only 5 per cent receiving presents from the parents surveyed.The majority of those questioned said on average they spend £10 on school staff.Mothers last night weighed into the debate. Some admitted putting effort into presents to show staff their efforts are appreciated. But others said they would not consider ever getting their child’s teacher a present because they are “just doing a job”. One in ten parents spend £25 on Christmas gifts for their child’s school teacher in an attempt to keep up with the Joneses, a Mumsnet survey has found.The research showed 45 per cent of parents believe there is a culture of one-upmanship and and eight per cent buy presents just because they don’t want to look mean.However nearly a fifth of those surveyed said they spend nothing on Christmas presents because they don’t think its necessary. And a further four per cent said they thought a teacher’s salary was reward enough. One in eight admitted they had felt pressured to contribute more than what they had budgeted for a class collection.The most popular festive presents favoured by parents to give to staff were chocolates, alcohol and toiletries. But handmade gifts – made both by parents and children – were also a firm favourite.Just 1 per cent went for an item with “World’s Best Teacher”, or a similar phrase, written on, while cuddly toys and books were also rejected as appropriate gifts.Mumsnet Founder, Justine Roberts, said: “Rather like the rules of tipping, the unwritten code about buying presents for teachers can trip some parents up, and leave others feeling vaguely resentful – but most are appreciative of teachers’ efforts and happy to give small gifts.”Not all parents were resentful about providing perks for school staff. The majority of those who completed the survey said they gave presents because they like to show their appreciation. The research showed 45 per cent of parents believe there is a culture of one-upmanship Credit: Alamy The unwritten code about buying presents for teachers can trip some parents up, and leave others feeling vaguely resentfulMumsnet Founder, Justine Roberts Amanda Outram wrote on the Mumsnet Facebook page that she would not be buying her children’s teachers a gift this year. “I appreciate my children’s teachers but they are just going a job at the end of the day,” she said. Rachel Healy added: “What is wrong with a card?”But Lisa Hallam said her girls usually like to give their teachers and teaching assistants homemade gifts. “I spend very little, usually handmade,” she said. “My girls love to give their teachers presents both at Christmas and the end of term.” She said the staff deserved it as they “regularly go beyond what they need to do and it is nice to show them it is appreciated”.And Anna Rae, who spends between £5 and £10 on Christmas gifts, added: “It may be their job but I feel they are an important part in your child’s life and probably have more of a part than some family or friends.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.