End of Year Teacher’s Gifts that Break the Mould

End of Year Teacher’s Gifts that Break the Mould

The school year in Dubai is coming to a close, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to buy thankyou gifts for the teachers.

While teacher gifts are extremely common practice in this part of the world, it can be tricky to find something that is just right. These are the people who dedicate the majority of their days to educating the people that we love the most in the world, our children. A box of chocolates, a bunch of flowers or the ever-predictable toiletries just doesn’t always cut it. Even some of the higher-end gifts such as iPads and watches are wonderfully luxurious, but are out of most people’s price range and they just lack that all important personal quality.

Our One Good Thing collections are designed to offer something meaningful to every recipient. Each gift also has a story to tell which makes it authentic and memorable as opposed to the throwaway, carbon copy culture that is so commonly associated with gift giving. Each one also offers a good price point where luxury is of the essence. Here’s a selection of our favourite teacher gifts for your shopping inspiration…


Life-Changing Jewellery

With a versatile aesthetic and exquisite sterling silver material, the Article 22 bracelets are entirely elegant and graceful. Each piece is also made using recycled bomb metal and debris left behind after the Vietnam War.

Profits are invested back in supporting Laotian communities and demining efforts to clear the 80 million unexploded bombs scattered across the land. This makes every Article 22 item a beautiful symbol of peace and a stylish piece of jewellery designed to last.

If you love the idea of jewellery as a teacher gift, the Branded Collective items have a real story to tell. Each one is handmade by women who have survived the horrors of human trafficking and each final piece is marked with the initials of a survivor.

A gift from the collections will support current and former victims of human trafficking by rewriting the story into something powerful and beautiful. They are available in small, medium, large and tiny sizes with a choice of aluminium, brass or copper finish. This is a lovely way to offer a personalised gift that isn’t over the top.

branded collective ethical jewelry in variety of sizes and metals

Bag It Up

If you prefer to continue the educational theme through your teacher presents, then Elephant Branded offer an incredible way to give something back. For every product sold, they donate a school bag and kit to a child in Africa or Asia supporting the rights of children everywhere to have the best possible opportunity for a good education regardless of where they were born. We love the original tote bag and the adult backpack, both are which have been handmade using local scrap materials in Cambodia, South Africa and Colombia.

With local villagers employed to source the materials and create the collections, the meaning of their products resonate on so many levels which should feel even more special to educators, as their gift is working to support sustainable change and education in communities whilst breaking the cycle of poverty. Don’t forget to check out our favourite – the Wash Bag Wild which was handmade using recycled rice bags by villagers in Cambodia and also happens to make the perfect travel companion.


school kids proudly showing their new elephant branded school bags

A Second Chance

Teachers are known for having many great qualities, and we believe that encouraging our children to face life with confidence and a positive attitude is right up there with the best of them. If you want to celebrate a teacher that has inspired your child and helped to nurture their self-confidence, we suggest choosing a gift from the Madmatter collections.

For every purchase made thorough One Good Thing, we will support the work of Blessed (together), a Dubai-based initiative who champion “an attitude of gratitude” through stylish accessories made from second-hand clothing that was destined for the dump. They work closely with cancer sufferers and their families across the region, helping to give every person access to the treatment and support that they need.

We love the tote bags that come in bright and beautiful colours with a carefree everyday design ideal for the everyday – in other words, the gift that everyone wants. Plus, each one is named after a day of the week making it the ideal gift for teachers everywhere.

All of our partners at One Good Thing offer gifts that are meaningful, luxurious and sustainable with an authentic story. Please click here to browse our gift collections. And don’t forget stay in touch with One Good Thing on Facebook and Instagram, and be the first to hear all the latest brand updates.


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