Tomatoes, teeth and hamsters: 13 strange teacher gifts

Teacher gifts from pupils are a nice little perk of the job...even if sometimes they are a little bit odd
21st September 2020, 3:53pm

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Tomatoes, teeth and hamsters: 13 strange teacher gifts

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Strangest Teacher Gifts: One Teacher Was Given A Beef Tomato By A Pupil

Nobody goes into teaching with the goal of getting gifts, but it is a nice perk. And while the occasional box of chocolates or bottle of wine is appreciated, this teacher got something slightly more unusual.

Specifically a beef tomato.

The strangest gifts from pupils to teachers

Adrian Bethune went on to ask his Twitter followers and those using the #edutwitter hashtag “What’s the strangest gift a pupil has ever given you?” 

We’ve put together some of our favourite responses here:

1. The tweet that started it all: Beef tomato 

“Mr Bethune, I grew you a beef tomato!”

Today’s gift from a Year 5 pupil.

What’s the strangest gift a pupil has ever given you? #edutwitter pic.twitter.com/iAMdEoPFxD

- Adrian Bethune MCCT (@AdrianBethune) September 17, 2020

 

2. A hamster

I got a hamster (and cage, wheel, food etc) from my first Year 11 class ??

- Miss Laing (@MissELaing) September 17, 2020

 

3. Stolen flowers 

A year 11 bought me a bunch of ‘thank you’ flowers complete with roots and soil. Clearly nicked from a garden on the way in. Bless her.

- Krizzy (@higgibear) September 17, 2020

 

4. A tooth 

I was once given a tooth- very nearly wrapped.
I suspect that the Tooth fairy was out of business in that particular home and suspect it was in hope

- Dan Morrow FCCT (@MoreMorrow) September 17, 2020

 

5. A pink ukulele 

A pink Ukulele. From a lovely student who lost his passport in the airport 10 minutes before boarding on a school trip.

- James Johnson (@hulststraat103) September 17, 2020

 

6. Bondage perfume 

Strangest was a bottle of bondage perfume, my favourite has a hand decorated box all equally appreciated ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BOchDoAZzr

- Mairi Gold (@pt_timeteacher) September 18, 2020

 

7. An only-licked-once lollypop

A strawberry lolly which the little girl told me she had only licked once.

- Clare Latham (@ClareLatham1) September 17, 2020


8. A thoughtful egg

We once gave an egg to my daughters teacher... my daughter loves her chickens and talked about them a lot so it felt appropriate and actually meant an awful lot to my daughter so was a big gesture

- Jodie (@JodieSmitten) September 17, 2020


9. A dead pheasant 

I once got offered a pheasant that a parent had found dead on the road ??? I politely declined the offer when I realised they were serious ?

- Kayleigh Ballard (@kayleighdillon) September 17, 2020


10. A large saucepan 

I got a saucepan, the largest one from a set of three. Deputy got the middle sized one and class teacher the little one! We’re really not a hierarchy!

- Headteacher at Heart (@fab_juniors) September 17, 2020


11. Stolen ornaments 

I got a chipped ornament from a child whose mum then came in and said the child had stolen it from her gran!!!

- TheTattooedHeadteacher #TVTTagTeam?☀️#kindness (@KyrstieStubbs) September 17, 2020


12. Four-day-old lasagne

4 day old lasagne... That hadnt been refrigerated... Worst thing was I put it in my desk draw and forgot about it ?

- Laura D (@Littlemslaurad) September 18, 2020


13. A tray of kebab meat 

Child once gave me a tray of kebab meat (I think it was chicken) bought from a local kebab shop. Was weird!

- Andrew Simankowicz (@ASimankowicz) September 17, 2020

Have you ever received anything equally as odd? Let us know below or via Twitter at @tes.

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