Have you ever had to buy an end-of-year gift for your child’s teacher? It’s a tough choice as you struggle to find a gift that shows them exactly how much they mean to you, your child and the other parents.
A recent survey by Australian business GroupTogether found that almost 75 per cent of teachers preferred a gift voucher and card from the class – with mugs, hand cream, chocolates and candles all voted in as the worst gifts.
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If you’d like to pool your money with the other parents and collect for a voucher or a gift you know your child’s teacher will truly treasure, GroupTogether can make the process simple for everyone.
GroupTogether is a user-friendly platform for Perth parents to contribute to teacher and school gifts and cards using a phone, tablet or PC. It is an easy and fee-free way for parents to chip in and sign the card. While GroupTogether doesn’t sell the gifts, it does the inviting, reminding, collecting and tracking for you. This means you can decide on a budget beforehand – so no more awkward requests to other parents for money and no more overspending on expensive individual gifts.
So how does it work? Simple – visit the GroupTogether website to start a collection. You can opt for friends and parents to contribute a set amount or an amount they choose. You’ll need to choose a final day for contributions to be accepted and the collection will be available two business days later. Make a name for your collection, select a contribution invitation template and using email or Facebook, send your invite and details to all involved. You’ll also be able to sign the card online and even upload a picture – further eliminating the need to run around getting a card signed. Easy!
Having been founded by Sydney mums Ali Linz and Julie Tylman, who have seven children between them, GroupTogether is a safe and secure method of collecting money. They won’t share your picture or email information with anyone, and they don’t store credit card details. Transactions are encrypted to the highest possible level, credit card payments are processed by SecurePay, while bank transfers are made by Poli – both of these institutions are owned by Australia Post.
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GroupTogether is free from fees, meaning every dollar and cent goes towards your contribution and you can create separate collections for different teachers or make a contribution to charity. They have even thought about the teachers themselves in the process – guidelines state that teachers must report individual gifts over $50. GroupTogether keeps a list of contributors as part of their service – if no individual contributes more than $50, the teacher doesn’t have to report the gift. It’s a win-win for all!
Showing your child’s teacher just how valued they are doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated. Let GroupTogether take the hassle out of organising your gift collection and one less stress before the kids finish school.
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