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School’s almost out for the Summer! Here are some token gift ideas for teachers to say a big “thank you” for helping your little ones reach their many milestones this year.

The Teacher’s Life Desk Calendar contains hilarious cartoons and funny observations of classroom antics that capture the ups and down of life as a teacher.

Available in Eason €9.99

Mid year diaries are a teacher must have! There is a full range of stylish and practical designs available in Eason and The Works. This colourful one from The Works caught our eye, reduced from €10 to €6!

Creative teachers can swap their red pen for something more colourful and unwind with this mindfulness colouring book for adults. Reduced from €10 to €6 in The Works!

During their summer downtime, many teachers might be planning to discover a bit of Ireland so an Irish travel book might make a nice, practical present.

The Wild Atlantic Way: Where To Eat and Stay available at Eason €14.99, they also have a selection of fun scratch maps in store from €17.99

This pack of 5 pretty face masks for €13 from Marks and Spencer is another practical gift idea if you have given the more common choices like candles, hand creams etc. in previous years and are looking for something different. M&S also have a nice selection of unisex masks and Vero Moda stock some lovely stylish designs too from €6.99

Sticking with the practical theme, a good quality reusable bottle or travel mug might be a nice idea. TK Maxx and Eason have a great range in store.

We thought this one with the integrated handle was very handy and sustainable too! TK Maxx €16.99

We bet these delicious chocolate truffles won’t last long in the staff room. Available in M&S from €6.

 M&S also have a lovely selection of wine, prosecco and non alcoholic alternatives in store too, like this pink prosecco for €15.

Something like these cupcakes from Quigleys would go down a treat on the last week of school and to make it extra special, Eurogiant have little packs of individual cupcake boxes, 6 for €1.50!

Is there actually such a thing as too many candles though? We don’t think so! The popular Yankee range is available in McGorisk’s Pharmacy with 25% off selected fragrances and Next also stock some beautiful candles with initials to make it a bit more personal.

Hand creams have always been one of the classic teacher gifts, but this year in particular with all the extra hand washing they might be a nice choice. This trio for €10 from M&S is ideal if you are buying for several teachers. You could split the pack up and make them each a little hamper with a few different bits from our gift list.

If you’re looking for something more personal, especially for kids leaving preschool or primary, a nice idea might be to let the kids make something. The Works has everything you might need for the perfect homemade present, like this shadow box frame for €12.

If you just don’t know the teacher very well, or you’re just not sure what to get. Why not treat them to a Multi Store Athlone Towncentre Gift Card. They can be loaded with any amount from €5 to €500 and spent in loads of stores here in the Centre. You can buy gift cards online or from our Information Desk on level 0. With every Gift Card purchased you may avail of a free gift box or presentation bag courtesy of Athlone Towncentre. Just ask at our information desk!