You can’t put a price on a dedicated teacher, that’s why, with the school year drawing to an end, we think it’s a great time for you and the kids to show just how much you appreciate your favourite teacher with a thoughtful gift. 

Read on below to see our hand-picked selection of great gift ideas from independent Cheltenham retailers that any teacher is bound to love.

Jelly Armchair

                                                   6 Bath Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7HA

You can’t do much better than a heartfelt message to show someone what they mean to you and what better way is there to do that than with a card?

Jelly Armchair is a small family business run by sister team Cat and Liz. They have a tree-mendous selection of pun-laden, hand-doodled cards to choose from on their website, in select Waterstones stores, or at their beautifully decorated Bath Road shop. We particularly like this humorous pick for the teachers out there.  

Vinegar Hill

                                                110 Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1NL

Established in 1997, Vinegar Hill is a family-run retailer that has never lost sight of its independent roots. They have curated an eclectic collection of stylish products from around the world ranging from clothes and jewellery to homeware and garden decorations.

Some of our favourites include this etched bumblebee cheese board and a butterfly-adorned clay candle pot.

The CheeseWorks

                                                 5 Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HE

Want to help your teacher throw the perfect wine and cheese night? The CheeseWorks is recognised as one of the finest British Cheesemongers, providing cheese hampers, fine cheeses and various other delights from their Cheltenham shop.  

You can create your gift set or choose from one of their own specially crafted hampers. At The CheeseWorks, they value every customer and are passionate about the food they sell, so stop in to get the best opinion on what to buy. 

Tivoli Wines

                                                56 Andover Rd, Cheltenham GL50 2TL

You can’t have a wine and cheese night without the wine! Tivoli Wines is Cheltenham’s award-winning boutique wine merchant. With a range of over 450 wines, spirits and craft beers, and a strong focus on ‘experience’ retailing. The shop is a treasure-trove for wine lovers.

Like CheeseWorks, if you are looking for suggestions on the best wines to buy then your best bet is to visit their store on Andover Road. Their dedicated team will be happy to help you choose.

Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen

                                         18 Rotunda Terrace, Cheltenham GL50 1SW

Looking for something truly unique? The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen is a charitable membership organisation made up of designer-makers, meaning all of their products are unique and individually made. 

Their Cheltenham store on Rotunda Terrace has an ever-changing selection of contemporary jewellery, ceramics, textiles, baskets and much more as well as greetings cards and gift vouchers. Or you can shop online for delivery to your door. We particularly love these polka dot eggs cups

Karl James

                                      10 Montpellier Courtyard, Cheltenham GL50 1SR

Speaking of unique, the newly opened Karl James gift store nestled within the Montpellier Courtyard specialises in unique gifts, trinkets and slightly unusual products. Each month they promise to add new items, offering constant variety to the store.

There is not too much on the website just yet so you are best off stopping in-store to see their full collection. We are a fan of the cute door stops

Edible Patisserie

                                       19 Montpellier Courtyard, Cheltenham GL50 1SR 

Another amazing independent store serving up beautiful sweet treats in the Montpellier Courtyard. Edible Patisserie is the perfect place for a teacher with a sweet tooth. Each day the small team of chefs create an abundance of patisseries to wow shoppers. 

Peruse their array of chocolate bonbons, macarons, petits gateaux and tarts. Or why not give your favourite educator the chance to learn something new themselves with one of the Edible Patisserie’s brilliant courses, introduction to chocolate is one we could definitely sink our teeth into.

Badlands Record Shop

                                            11 St George's Pl, Cheltenham GL50 3LA 

Established in 1985 by brothers Steven and Philip Jump. Badlands is a long-established independent record shop based on St George's Place, Cheltenham, stocking brand new vinyl and CDs covering multiple genres including classic artists, alternative, and contemporary music.

If you happen to know your teacher's favourite band or artist then an original vinyl could be the perfect gift to see out the school year.

Bath Road Beers

                                                 157 Bath Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7LU

Bath Road Beers are an independent business stocking around 450 of the world’s finest drinks, handpicked by their passionate team. Treat teach to a selection of beers from all over the world, from local Cheltenham brewers to New Zealand’s best. Or one of their fantastic local cider range which has been lovingly curated from artisanal producers within a 30-mile radius using pure fruit juices. We personally recommend the Two Tribes gift box that comes with a branded glass. Vouchers are also available. 

Sibling Gin

                                            Coxhorne Farm, Charlton Kings, GL52 6UY

Does your favourite teacher prefer a glass of gin to a pint of beer? Then Sibling Distillery is the place for you. Sibling is one of the few distilleries in the UK to make gin entirely from scratch, with no shortcuts, no neutral spirit, and no compromise on quality. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a glass of tonic on a hot summer’s day.

Their range is contemporary, creative and fun, whilst still valuing tradition and quality, so much so that their Sibling Original Gin won the full 3* at the Great Taste Awards amongst a whole host of other awards for their range. We personally recommend the Negroni for all the teachers out there.

Cheltenham Gift Card

Are you liking the sound of some of these Cheltenham stores, but you’re not sure what present to pick? Why not take the decision out of gifting and buy the Cheltenham Gift Card for your favourite educator. 

The Cheltenham Gift Card is a MasterCard-based gift card that works in the same way as a store gift card, except it can be used across the whole town centre. Simply choose your card amount on the website and your teacher will be able to spend it in more than 65 Cheltenham businesses.

Of course these are just a few of our top picks, Cheltenham has heaps of other brilliant stores to choose from for gift inspiration. Check out our helpful guides for the best of Independent & Boutique shopping, Food & Drink stores, and Local Markets all in Cheltenham.


Bath Road Beers
Food and Drink

Bath Road Beers are a local independent business run by a passionate team determined to delivery a great experience. They stock around 450 of the world's finest drinks handpicked by the team from some of the greatest producers in the world.

Badlands Records
Speciality Shop
Badlands Records Cheltenham

Long established independent record shop based on St George's Place, Cheltenham. Specialising in Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, CDs, vinyl and box sets.

Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen
Speciality Shop
Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen

The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen is a charitable membership organisation made up of designer-makers. The Guild organises exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops offering invaluable resources for those wishing to participate in or learn about the world of craft and design.

Tivoli Wines
Exterior of Tivoli Wines

An award-winning wine merchants and tasting room with over 650 wines to take away and 32 wines available to sample in The Wine Library



  1. Lois12
    There's no better way to show your appreciation to teachers than with some thoughtful gifts. It's a thankless job and handing them a gift can make them feel special. In-store or online, a gift card is always a great option as it allows the recipient to choose exactly what they want and can be used on anything in store. Visit <a href="";><;/a> for best gift ideas. A good choice is one that will reflect their interests, but also be thoughtful, like a book about teaching or another subject. Some examples might be The Diary of Anne Frank or The Pursuit of Happiness by Ernest Hemingway.

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