I tended to get more from bottom sets, or from very deprived students (especially the ones who started off hating me because I actually wanted them to work to change their lives!) Maybe you think this is sad, but reading the cards when I was having bad days actually helped me. I didn't particularly want expensive presents, but I've known friends to stay in teaching/nursing because cards tell them that the people they're in the job to help do need them, no matter what Ofsted/hospital managers tell them. As for the cuppa, health/social workers told me they liked to accept this because it made the patient/client feel she was bonding/more equal, and she (it was young women they were working with) would tend to relax over a brew, and become more likely to accept their support and work with them. Yet last time a doctor came to my house, he told me he wasn't allowed to accept a coffee (as you say)-seems mad to me, the guy said he'd have loved one as he was tired and thirsty! I see GDW's point about 'showing off' and getting rubbish-one place I worked had a 'maximum' you could accept, and this was made clear to all, but wouldn't have stopped the poor doctor getting his brew! I've been supply, OP, and I did get relatively few cards/presents, but you've just got to remember that many teachers get them 'just because' they're the class teacher, not necessarily that the kids like them/think they're better than you. There are pros/cons with supply, but as schools get a higher and higer turnover, perhaps the days of gifts for any teacher are numbered?