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Father's Day gifts

Dads deserve to be treated to something special on Father's Day, and what could be nicer than a custom-made gift from your very own little designer, courtesy of the PTA? Here's how our Facebook friends choose to mark the occasion...

Marina McGee: 'We ask a local baker to make gingerbread men for us - nut and sesame seed free - and put these into cellophane bags. We give out a large paper man (from Wilko) on which the children draw pictures of their fathers. We then stick these onto the cellophane bags - they look really nice!' 

Sharon West: 'In the past we've run a gift shop with presents of up to £2.50. One year we decorated pint glasses with glass pens and baked them to make the children's artwork permanent. This year we're doing coasters!'

Diane Ashford: 'We make up a lot of our gifts and buy items separately, for example, socks, smellies, or keyrings. We then package these into gift boxes, gift bags, or mugs wrapped in nice cellophane. It takes a bit of effort but it's worth it, as the children and parents know these gifts can't be bought anywhere else! Once we also took orders for personalised cupcakes that were made by a member of staff. The children placed their orders and collected them the Friday before Father's Day.'

Jodie Cox: 'We buy gifts and sell them to the children. Items are from 50p to £4.50. Children come into the hall throughout the day in time slots per class. They choose their gifts, and then we wrap them up. We tend to buy from eBay, wholesalers, and pound shops, and get sweets, keyrings, mugs, funny glasses, socks, ties, and pens. We're also lucky enough to have some really talented helpers who make up craft items and frames.'

Sally Page: 'This year the children will be creating their own designs to be printed on mugs. There will be no outlay at all and we get a percentage for every mug ordered.'

Carol Edwards: 'We run a gift shop at lunchtimes every day in the week before Father's Day. We buy good quality mugs in bulk, wrap them all but leaving one of each item on display. We also buy Father's Day cards in bulk. The children then come along and buy a gift with a card for £2.50 - each gift costs us around £1 each. The pupils really enjoy coming to the shop and choosing a gift, and it makes good profit, too!'

Helena Farr: 'We've sold keyrings, coasters, and cards that the children have decorated themselves. This year we're doing scratch art photo frames with a 'for my dad' poem, along with a trophy design card!'

Zoe Macdonald: 'We have sold personalised chocolates for the past three years and it works brilliantly. We get Galaxy bars and put our own labels on them, with space for children to write their own message. If you buy chocolates from a supplier that has a sale or return policy, you can return them if you purchase too many.'

Katherine Roads Feander: 'We contacted our local chocolate shop and they sold us delicious chocolate moustache lollies at wholesale prices. All we had to do was take payments and distribute the chocolates to each class. We made double our money back!'

Emma Cooper: 'We're getting card frames from Baker Ross to colour, then the school are going to do a decorative wordle in the middle. We're going to ask for a 50p donation, but everyone will get one regardless.'

NOTE: Concerned about upsetting children who don't have fathers in their lives? Encourage children to use the occasion to thank anyone special to them - it isn't restricted to just fathers. We would suggest you take advice from your Headteacher if you are in any doubt.


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