They’ve been spotted on the arms of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, David Beckham, Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles.
But if you see an adult on the train this month with several ‘loom bands’ on each wrist, the chances are they’re a teacher heading home for the holidays.
A fifth of pupils will be giving one of the bracelets – made from coloured elastic hoops – to ‘Sir’ or ‘Miss’ to mark the end of term, a survey by Netmums shows. And as 1,800 can be bought for less than £2.50 youngsters will be saving their parents a tidy sum.
Seventeen out of 20 pupils give end-of-year gifts to teachers at an average cost of £10.
Competition between families has led to staff at some schools being sent gifts including spa weekends and designer handbags. ‘It’s been a tough year for teachers and parents are only too happy to show their appreciation,’ said Netmums co-founder Siobhan Freegard.
‘While it’s always lovely to receive an expensive gift, the teachers on Netmums are clear that it’s personalised presents that show how a child has progressed under their care that mean the most.’