It’s that time of year…the end of school is near…okay, so I’m not a song writer, but I could be, right?! Maybe not! Pay no mind to me…I’m losing my mind! Nevertheless, it is true that the school year is winding down and the end is in sight!! I realize that this past week was Teacher Appreciation Week at many local schools (not sure if that’s nationwide or not), but if you’re like me you still like to get your kids’ teachers a gift. I love giving gifts and I especially loved giving Mister Bull’s preschool teacher’s gifts at the end of the year.
So, I thought today I would share with you some of the gifts I’ve given in the past to some of our favorite teachers!
- DIY Bucket w/ goodies – These are so simple to do. A little messy, but so easy!! All you need is a quart paint can (found at most hardware stores or I get mine at Lowe’s), scrapbook paper, scissors/paper trimmer, mod podge and some time. You measure the height and circumference of the can and then cut your scrapbook paper accordingly. I mounted a coordinating piece of paper on each side. One with the teacher’s initial and the other with a music poem (this was for a, yep you guessed it, music teacher!). I’ve decorated them with their favorite colors, to match the classroom (Mister Bull’s preschool classes were all Colors & Animals; i.e. Blue Puppies, Purple Porcupines, Maroon Monkeys, etc.) or even the subject taught. Then, I filled them with their favorite candy (a Large M&M’s bag fits very well or fill it with bite-size candy bars). Then, in their card I wrote that once they finish eating the candy, the bucket can be used for a pencil holder on their desk!! They love them!!! Quick, easy and personal!
- DIY Class Picture w/ decorated thumb prints – This is by far one of my most favorite gifts ever!! A friend of mine gave me the idea and I could hardly contain my excitement until the end of the year! I had a fellow mom take the class picture one day and email it to me for printing. Then, I took the picture frame up to the class one day and took everyone’s thumb print. (Tip: have a separate piece of paper ready to write down the names and placement of each thumbprint.) I took the frame home and let them dry overnight. Then, I took a thin, archival quality black pen and “animated” the thumbprints. I used this book for inspiration. They turned out amazing if I do say so myself!!!
- DIY Dry Erase Board – This is far and away the easiest Teacher gift I’ve ever made!! I found the inspiration on Pinterest (of course). It’s a simple black frame with a piece of scrapbook paper inside and voila – you’re done! I paired this one with the Music pencil can I made (see #1). Be sure and give them a dry erase marker to use with it and you’re good to go!! Since this paper was dark, my Aunt (whom I made this gift for) uses a white marker. You can find them here.
- Gifts in a Jar – I don’t have any pictures for this one, but trust me they’re super easy to do!!! You can put in cookie mixes, a favorite cake recipe, bean soup recipe or just about anything else you can think of!! Decorate the jar a little bit and Presto! You’re done!!! Take a look at some of these fun sites for more inspiration.
- DIY Memory Book – There are quite a few ways to do this. I have done them as a soft-cover album that includes photos, teacher quotes, student quote, my own child’s quotes and favorite things about his teacher. Any or all of them would make for a great teacher gift!! Here are some great sites for teacher quotes if you need some help getting started:
Another idea, which I’ve done on a smaller scale, is to take pictures of the kids on those special days at school (i.e. pajama day, Halloween/harvest party, here in OK we have Land Run days, or any other occasion) and make a picture collage per page of each student throughout the year. Add a quote from the student about why they loved their teacher and you’ve got yourself a one-of-a-kind, super-duper, easy-peasy Teacher gift!!!
Here are a couple of other great ideas for Teacher gifts I found via Pinterest!
So, even though most of us would rather spend our time outside in this beautiful weather, take a few minutes to whip out a fantabulous Teacher gift!!
What’s your favorite Teacher gift? Do you make them or buy them?
Feel free to share in the comments or link up to your favorite teacher gift post on your own blog!!! The more the merrier!!
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy gift-giving!!
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