Get yourself in the good books with these great Christmas gifts for teachers


We’ve got the perfect gift for your child’s teacher this Christmas… and rest assured, it’s not an apple.

The Christmas break doesn’t just mean Santa for kids and Prosecco for everyone else. (I mean, it sort of does.) But for a cadre of hardworking teachers up and down the country, it is cause for a collective sigh of relief.

After a term of glitter glue and safety scissors, new starter wobbles through to making halloween decorations and trying to somehow work Batman into the story of the nativity (clue: he’s one of the wisemen) it’s a break that’s well earned.

But what do you get them to say thank you that’s not a generic gift set or a box of biscuits you had left over from last year?

(Believe us, they’ll get so many gifts like this that it’s unlikely they’ll remember which one came from your child.)

So to make life easier for you, Marie Claire has rounded up the best gifts to buy your child’s teacher this Christmas.

From the practical reusable coffee cup (if you’re a teacher, chances are coffee is a big part of the job) to the decorative (can you ever go wrong with a bunch of flowers?)

We’ve included everything from little treats to help them unwind after a long term, to the prettiest stationary guaranteed to make the everyday desk that little bit brighter and better.

Forget the last minute panic dash to the shops. This year, pop the kettle on, switch on a Christmas film for background noise and shop the best Christmas gifts for teachers from your sofa.

And when you’re finished here, check out our Christmas gifts for mums, dads, kids and couples, too.

And if after all this you’re in the market for a well-deserved gift for yourself (online shopping can be hard, too!) then check out our edit of the best gifts for her.

Consider Christmas sorted.

Happy shopping…

 

 

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The Disneyland UK sneak peek pics are finally here and it looks incredible

The Disneyland UK sneak peek pics are finally here and it looks incredible


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If you’ve been waiting your whole life for Disneyland UK to be a thing, well it’s one step closer to happening.

The London Resort will be a gigantic theme park, with six different ‘lands’ covering 535 acres (roughly the size of the Olympic Park in Stratford for measure), and holding partnerships with BBC, ITV Studios and Paramount Pictures. It will offer the ‘next generation’ of rides and experiences from 2024.

Excited? Same.

The press release reads: ‘Visitors can start their journey in The Studios, a gritty, modern-day warehouse district that practically roars with the exhilarating thrills of big, blockbuster features. A winning combination of explosive action, high-octane car chases and high-stakes espionage.

‘Just to the north lies The Woods, an enchanted realm where springtime reigns eternal and the boundary between reality and fantasy dissolves. Here, the young and young-at-heart will be invited to step through the pages of a storybook and embark on adventures that put a fresh spin on beloved bedtime stories, fables and fairy tales.

‘From the Woods, the journey continues through the ages into The Kingdom, an immersive realm of swords, sorcery, dragons & legend. This is England as a dark and ancient land, a place of threatening and imposing castles and mystical Arthurian legends.

‘To the north lay The Isles, a land of giant creatures, mythical beasts and adventures at the crossroads of imagination and reality. Fantastic jaw dropping architecture will combine with magnificent rides and 21st century technology.

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‘The past begins to blend with the future in The Jungle. Ancient ruins of a mysterious long-lost Mesoamerican civilisation are seen pushing up through treetops. Here, an overgrown environment, brimming with ancient secrets, surprising discoveries and strange mystical artefacts will be transported to the present by inquisitive explorers – young and old.

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‘The final land, dedicated to futuristic experiences, alien encounters and big thrill rides, The Starport is a bustling 23rd century landing zone. It will launch visitors into thrilling science-fiction adventures that are out of this world, leaving them mesmerised at things that should be impossible but are not.’

Might have to wait a few years for it to come together, but we are so ready.

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'You cannot complain about tomorrow's election result if you're going to throw away your right to vote'

'You cannot complain about tomorrow's election result if you're going to throw away your right to vote'


Marie Claire’s Digital Features Editor Jenny Proudfoot has her say…

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The 2019 UK general election is scheduled to be held on Thursday 12 December, set to see citizens take to the polling stations in force.

With the crux of the snap election being how to proceed with Brexit, anything could come out of tomorrow, and as the party leaders approach their last few hours of canvasing, a hung parliament seems likely.

On my commute to work this morning however, I was disheartened as I scrolled through my social media platforms. Why? Because none of my friends or contemporaries were even talking about the election. And while this could just be down to Instagram algorithms, I have a horrible sinking feeling that it might actually reflect people’s lack of interest.

Voting turnout in the UK is a real problem, with only 68.8% of those eligible casting their vote in the 2017 election. And while we can’t predict this year’s turnout figures, the social media silence doesn’t fill me with hope.

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‘I’m just bored of it all now’, say some, while others claim: ‘I don’t believe what any of the politicians are saying’. To those people I say, ‘I get you. But please don’t give up.’

However, if you’re one of the people using the most popular excuse, ‘I won’t make a difference’, I say ‘You’re wrong’.

Non-voters too often think that their ballot paper won’t make a difference, but according to the BBC, ‘the number of non-voters is actually greater than the sitting MP’s majority in 551 out of 650 constituencies: that’s more than 80%.’

In fact, non voters could actually have changed the outcome in most constituencies.

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Whatever decision comes out of tomorrow, it is going to affect you to some degree on an individual level. And whether it’s the inflation in chocolate bar prices or the changes that a Brexit could bring to women’s reproductive rights, you need to have your say.

Whatever your opinion – have it, voice it and vote.

None of us can get angry for an outcome if we didn’t even try to prevent it.

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Last minute General Election questions

Where is my polling station?

Your allocated polling station should be on your card, but if you have not received your card or have misplaced it, you can also find out via GOV.UK by simply entering your postcode.

When do the polling stations open?

The polling stations will be opening tomorrow from 7am until 10pm.

I can’t find my polling card…

That’s ok! You don’t actually need to bring your polling card with you. Quote your name at the register and if you’re on the list, you will be allowed in. According to the website, you don’t need to bring photo ID, but we would just in case.

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Meghan Markle is reportedly using her time off to launch US charity

Meghan Markle is reportedly using her time off to launch US charity


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Back in October, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they would be taking some time off from royal duties from mid-November until the end of the year. They reportedly spent Thanksgiving in the US with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, and will also spend Christmas overseas breaking these royal traditions.

While the couple is enjoying their break by spending time together as a family, according to new reports Meghan is also using her well-deserved time off to focus on launching Sussex Royal Foundation in the US alongside her former Hollywood PR.

Sources claim she has had meetings with her former publicist Keleigh Thomas Morgan, partner at celebrity PR firm Sunshine Sachs, who she began working with in her Suits days and has maintained a close relationship with. Morgan attended Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018, and is said to be helping turn the Duchess’ philanthropic dream into a reality.

Meghan is reportedly in ‘work mode’, and an insider told The Telegraph: ‘This is a mission that Meghan has been on for a long time. Even in her younger years in Hollywood, she wanted to work towards creating an international charity changing lives.

‘Now that she has the platform and profile of being a British royal she can truly build this plan. She sees this foundation as one of the key factors in creating a legacy as a new royal and Harry is right behind her.

‘While Harry and Meghan are technically on rest, she is not the type of woman who likes doing nothing; so this break actually could be seen by some as very fortuitous.’

The source added: ‘What is most interesting is that Meghan feels that while the charity will be a worldwide venture, she sees Hollywood and American business circles as key to fundraising.

‘Meghan feels that focusing on fundraising stateside will bring in tens of millions of dollars quickly.’

How exciting!

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The best clutch bags that aren't just for party season

The best clutch bags that aren't just for party season


They don’t have to be basic

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Clutch bags don’t have the best rep. Like kimonos and ballet pumps, a few desperately uncool styles have ruined it for the whole lot.

Of course, when we say ‘clutch’, we’re not referring to anything tacky or basic (hey, there’s a reason ‘Kate Middleton clutch bag‘ is one of the biggest fashion searches on the net). It’s not the kind of clutch you have to borrow from a family member for a wedding because you haven’t foreseen your normal bag doesn’t go with your outfit. We’re talking about those standalone statements and the classics you can use for years that won’t go out of fashion.

But now wedding season’s over, we have the same dilemma with party season. Is it worth investing in a evening bag for a handful of festive dinners and office parties? The answer is yes, because invest in the right bag, and it’ll last you for many occasions to come.

Whether you’re on a high street or designer budget (we wish), there are options aplenty. Shrimps and Rixo get our vote for whimsical styles with a touch of vintage, but if you’re looking for a style to carry for seasons, then you can’t go wrong with Saint Laurent or  Bottega – think luxe leathers and un-bling detailing. For something a little more sparkly and trend-led, Zara and & Other Stories are providing our staples.

We can’t talk about the best clutch bags without talking about occasion-wear. Jimmy Choo’s satin bag, Loeffler Randalll’s gem-encrusted clutch will set you up for the whole of the festive season (and next wedding season too).

The best of the high street has got to be Mango’s sequin baguette, tapping ever so nicely into our 90s nostalgia. Almost a bit NSFW, it will go with basically everything from a sequin dress to a dad jumper with jeans and heeled boots.

If you’re not buying it for a particular occasion, and are looking for some styling ideas, just look to the fashion week crowd. They’re still team clutch, usually worn with oversized knits and outerwear.

The only time a clutch is a must is with anything resembling suits or pyjamas. Tailoring and two-pieces do not benefit from a shoulder scrunching strap, so hand-held is the only option.

Check out our pick of the best clutch bags to shop now…

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Prince George completely embarrassed Prince Harry in front of the Obamas

Prince George completely embarrassed Prince Harry in front of the Obamas


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Prince Harry has always been a doting uncle. When his first nephew, Prince George, was born in 2013, he was reportedly over the moon and according to Angela Levin’s biography, Harry: Conversations with the Prince, ‘he said he had to cuddle the baby prince who was “crying his eyes out” when they met, how it was “fantastic to have another addition to the family”, and that “I only hope my brother knows how expensive my babysitting charges are”.’

The Duke of Sussex also had a sweet response to dropping in the line of succession shortly after Princess Charlotte’s birth, saying: ‘The reason I am now fifth is because of my nephew and niece and I could never wish them away. They’re the most amazing things ever.’

And it seems that the little royals love spending time with their uncle, especially George, who at the age of three managed to leave Harry very red-faced in front of the Obamas.

During an interview on Good Morning America in 2016, Michelle Obama shared a sweet story about Harry and George’s relationship.

She explained: ‘I have to say that the most precious thing – if you haven’t already fallen in love with [Harry] – is to see him with his nephew.

‘Because all throughout [Prince George] was like, “Uncle Harry, why are you so quiet? Why are you so quiet?”‘

Harry responded: ‘So embarrassing. I was there, sort of, [on my] best behaviour.’

Michelle then added: ‘You were, and he didn’t understand what was wrong with you.’

Harry laughed: ‘Normally, I’m there throwing him around the room and stuff, so…’

Awww.

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Mulberry has launched its first 100% sustainable handbag

Mulberry has launched its first 100% sustainable handbag


Mulberry has just launched what it says is its first ‘100% sustainable handbag’, named the Portobello tote, which is inspired by the humble plastic bag.

Johnny Coca, Mulberry’s creative director,  said in a statement: ‘Our starting point for this family was the ultimate everyday item, the plastic bag – functional, but throwaway. The Portobello keeps the beautiful utility of this silhouette and elevates it into an elegant tote that is practical and, more importantly, made to last.’

The leather comes as by-product of the food industry, and all of the bags are made in the brand’s Somerset factory thus cutting out its carbon footprint (around 50% of the entire Mulberry collection is made here), and stitched using recycled Epic EcoVerde thread.

SHOP MULBERRY’S PORTOBELLO TOTE HERE

Plus 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of the first one hundred Portobello Totes will be donated to the World Land Trust, a conservation charity that provides permanent protection for wildlife and habitats.

This chic bag for life comes in seven gorgeous colourways, from Nordic blue to crimson, chestnut and black, retailing at £795.

It is part of the Mulberry Green initiative to create a lasting positive and sustainable change to the industry and the planet.

Here for it.

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Here's why everyone's talking about Meghan Markle's secret meeting

Here's why everyone's talking about Meghan Markle's secret meeting


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are known to run in A-list circles, from George and Amal Clooney and David and Victoria Beckham to Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas and Serena Williams.

This week, it was their friendship with another A-lister that made news however, as photographs emerged of a secret meeting with Meghan and singer Adele.

Yes, this is not a drill. Meghan and Harry are friends with Adele.

Adele was one of the first people to congratulate the now Duke and Duchess on their 2018 wedding, posting a photograph of a glass of Champagne accompanied by the caption: ‘Congratulations Meghan and Harry. You’re the most beautiful bride. I can’t stop thinking of how happy Princess Diana is upstairs x’.

This week however it was all about their ‘secret’ meeting.

The meeting in question was last December, when the two high profile women along with Prince Harry visited the Hubb Community Kitchen, making a cookbook to support the community affected by the 2017 Grenfell Tower Fire.

In a post that has since been taken down, Adele, Meghan and Harry can all be seen smiling and laughing in the group photo with the rest of the team.

‘Very beautiful memories, with the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Adele the singer,’ the user, @mykitchenwonders_faiz, posted to her Instagram. ‘So proud to be part of the Community Cook Book TOGETHER.’

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Who cares if Jessica Biel told Justin Timberlake to apologise to her on Instagram?

Who cares if Jessica Biel told Justin Timberlake to apologise to her on Instagram?


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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are one of Hollywood’s golden couples, making non-stop news for their sweet Instagram tributes to each other and their relatable home life.

Last month however, they hit headlines as a photograph spread across the internet of Justin Timberlake holding hands under a table with his Palmer co-star, Alisa Wainwright, at a rooftop cast and crew party for the film.

‘There is no validity to this speculation. They are currently working on a project together,’ a representative for Alisa Wainwright immediately explained to People. ‘Members of the cast and crew were all together.’

Both Justin and Jessica however kept quiet, with JT speaking out only recently, releasing a statement as a public apology to his wife.

‘I stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family I feel it is important to address recent rumors that are hurting the people I love.’

He continued: ‘A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgement – but let me be clear – nothing happened between me and my costar. I drank way too much that night and I regret my behaviour. I should have known better.

‘This is not the example I want to set for my son. I apologize to my amazing wife and family for putting them through such an embarrassing situation, and I am focused on being the best husband and father I can be. This was not that. I am incredibly proud to be working on Palmer. Looking forward to continuing to make this movie and excited for people to see it’.

This week saw a wave of backlash against Jessica Biel as it was reported that she had told her husband to post the Instagram apology.

‘Jessica encouraged Justin to put out his statement on Instagram because she felt embarrassed by his actions and wanted him to take accountability,’ a source told Us Weekly.

Our verdict? Fair enough. Jessica Biel has probably suffered the most out of this whole scandal, so if a public apology from her husband is what she needs to ‘work through this’, then we should all respect that.

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Meghan Markle's sweet nickname from her time in Toronto has been revealed

Meghan Markle's sweet nickname from her time in Toronto has been revealed


And it’s lovely.

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Meghan Markle has officially been a royal for a year and a half, with her and Prince Harry receiving a royal title from the Queen as a wedding gift, becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Since the nuptials however, the public has been far more concerned with what Meghan gets called in private, with the 38-year-old seeming to have a catalogue of nicknames from friends, family and former co-workers.

While Harry calls her ‘Meg’ and mum Doria refers to her as ‘Flower’, Prince Charles wins points for the sweetest nickname, calling the Duchess, ‘Tungsten’. Why? Because of her ‘strength and the backbone she gives Harry’.

This week it was a nickname from Toronto where she worked in her pre-royal days that made news, as a charity that she volunteered with revealed that their nickname for her was simply, ‘the lovely Meghan’.

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We feel very grateful and honoured to have been highlighted by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, as one of 12 charities doing important work worldwide. 🙏🏻 This photo has Meghan volunteering in our kitchen! ❤ . The couple said: “With the festive holiday season upon us, it’s also a reminder to reflect on those in need – those who may feel lonely, hungry, homeless, or may be experiencing the holidays for the first time without loved ones. It’s an important time of year to help those around you who may be less fortunate, or who would appreciate even the smallest act of kindness. Continuing our monthly tradition of highlighting accounts that do good, and inspired by the “Twelve Days of Christmas” – we have selected twelve organisations caring for those in need – especially at this time of year.” . Meghan Markle was an active supporter and volunteer of St. Felix Centre during her time living in the city while working on Suits. She volunteered on a regular basis in our kitchen as part of our Community Meals Program. The Duchess also donated food from the set of Suits, and on one Thanksgiving she brought in all the food, turkeys and the fixings for over 100 people. . Through our Twitter account we responded to the announcement: “Thank you! Many people here have fond memories of Duchess Meghan volunteering with us – though we remember her just as 'the lovely Meghan'. We're happy to see she continues supporting vulnerable people now as a member of the Royal Family. We'd love for her to visit us again one day.” . Thousands of people have responded to the call to visit our social media platforms, many of them urging people to make a donation to our Lighting the Way Christmas campaign. . Many vulnerable people in our Toronto need your support! If you are planning your holiday giving, please consider making a donation to our Lighting the Way campaign – link in our bio. Your support can make all the difference! . #Toronto #stfelixcentre #homeless #charity #harryandmeghan #sussexroyal #meghanmarkle #volunteer #lovetoronto #blogto #curiocitytoronto #hypetoronto #libertyvillage #queenwest #toreats #tdot #6ixgrams #torontolife #igerstoronto

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‘Many people here have fond memories of Duchess Meghan volunteering with us,’ St Felix Centre posted on their Instagram alongside a tribute. ‘Though we remember her just as “the lovely Meghan”. We’re happy to see she continues supporting vulnerable people now as a member of the Royal Family. We’d love for her to visit us again one day.’

Well, that’s lovely.

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