Buy end of term gifts for teachers without breaking the bank with these top tips from our readers — plus win £5,000 towards your Christmas expenses

Posh St Helen & St Katharine school in Abingdon, Oxon, has set a price limit of £50 on gifts to staff from parents, after some got carried away with their spending.

But showing your gratitude needn’t cost you a bundle.

Jazz up their desk with brightly coloured sticky notes, £5.79 for 1,000 sheets (ten pads of 100) on Amazon. That is far cheaper than branded coloured Post-Its, which are £9.49 for a smaller pack of six pads of 90.

Teachers will likely need a strong cup of coffee (or two) during the school day. Whittard’s Christmas Coffee Bauble will add a festive feeling to their everyday drink. It costs £6 and is currently on offer at three for two. So you could buy a couple as extra stocking fillers for coffee lovers.

Savvy Sun Savers on Facebook have more bright ideas.

Pamela Burgess says: “Morrisons is selling poinsettia plants at £1.50. They’re very Christmassy and good for those who don’t have time to go the homemade route.”

Dave Baker says: “Get together with other parents and buy a gift from the whole class.”

Janjan Clark says: “Buy rich tea biscuits and icing for your children to decorate the biscuits.”

Cilla Webb says: “We bought a silicone mould tray of mini Christmas shapes from Poundland and melted a couple of chocolate bars to make festive treats.”

Sarah Elizabeth Mackey says: “Buy a plain white mug and get some decorating pens for your kids to use on it. What teacher doesn’t love a cup of tea or coffee?”

Kezia Taylerson says: “For a homemade snow globe, clean an old jam jar and add glitter for the snow. Tape on a picture of your children and glue on the lid.”

Gillian MacGregor says: “Give them homemade fudge. Make a batch, cut into squares and wrap in cellophane with nice ribbon. You could pair it with a little £1.09 bottle of wine from B&M.”

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£15K to win for XMAS – how do I enter?

HAVE a Christmas to remember thanks to our latest sensational Sun Savers competition.

We’re giving THREE lucky readers £5,000 each towards their festive expenses.

Bag our prize and you won’t need to worry about all the presents, the big food shop or any decorations you want to put up.

To enter, download the Sun Savers app or sign up at ­ Then collect TEN Sun Savers codes from the 18 printed daily in the paper until Tuesday, December 11.

Enter the codes on the Sun Savers app or website. After your tenth code, head back to the “Win Christmas” page found in the “Offers” section and click “Enter” there.

Make sure you enter before midnight on Monday, December 17 when the competition closes.

Sun Savers is our fantastic rewards club which gives all readers the chance to take advantage of FREE cash, treats and prizes. If you’re not already a Sun Savers member then sign up today and get involved.

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Deal of the day

PAMPER yourself with the Ted Baker Opulent Suite. Was £50, now £25 at Boots. But hurry, deal ends TODAY.

SAVE: £25

Cheap treat

KICKSTART the day with Belvita Soft Bakes on offer at Sainsbury’s. Was £2.50, now £1.50. Ends December 16.

SAVE: £1

My Sun Savers fiver

MIKE GUNTRIP, of Poole in Dorset, says: “I transferred £15 of Savers fivers to my Paypal account for a gift, then Children In Need came on, so I added a tenner for Pudsey Bear.”

  • Send your Savers fiver story, your name and town to sun and get 28 codes, worth £5, if we print it.

Top swap

TUCK into Tesco Finest Clementine Pudding not the Heston From Waitrose Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding.

SAVE: £11

Reader's saving tip

JANET ROGERS, from Hornchurch in Essex, says: “If your black patent heels have become scuffed, try using black nail polish to retouch them.”

  • Send your suggestions to and get 28 codes, worth £5, if we print yours. Please include your name and your town.

Shop & save

ADD depth to your cooking with Turci seasoning sprays. Was £2, now £1.50 at Tesco. Ends December 18.

SAVE: 50p

Hot right now

FIND selected Furry Friends at Build-A-Bear for £8. Until Saturday.

Play now to win £15,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle.

Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £15k monthly Raffle. And for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you get a GOLDEN TICKET for our £80k Raffle, which takes place every three months, with the first one at the end of June.


There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect. So the more you enter, the better your chances.

To take part go to or open the Sun Savers app. Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.

Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £15k Raffle.

Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.

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YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.

Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.

Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have ­collected 28.

This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.

For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.

We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.

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To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.

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