Saturday, December 22, 2012

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Teacher Gifts

Yes, it may be a bit late for you to give these gifts this year, but you can always plan ahead for next! :)

We had a LOT of teacher gifts to do this year.  14 to be exact.  Plus three bus drivers.  That adds up to a lot of gifts.  And a lot of money... maybe.  But we found some GREAT ideas (on the P of course!) that were super cute, let people knew we thought of them and cared for them, but didn't splurge on the money.

For the bus drivers, we purchased dollar store tins and filled them with cookies.
Three gifts down and about $5 spent.

For Olivia's 7 teachers (middle school) and Braeden's social worker at school, we made such cute gifts!  We bought dollar store whisks.  They were metal and looked great, not cheap.  We filled them with candy cane Kisses, wrapped them in red celophane (which I had), tied them in a ribbon (had), and added a tag in scrapbook papers that said "We WHISK You a Merry KISS-mas".
Eight gifts down and about $12 spent.

For two of Braeden's teachers and two of Liam's teachers (aids and special ed teachers) I purchased dollar store glass jars with a rubber sealing ring, made homemade hot chocolate, and layered that with crushed peppermints and marshmallows.
Four gifts down and about $9 spent.

And for Liam's main teacher, Braeden's main teacher, and Braeden's former teacher, I made the following...

With wooden dollar store clothespins, I covered them with scrapbook paper.  Cut a LONG length of ribbon.  Then with Sculpey I cut out thin stars and stamped letters in them to spell "faith" "hope" "love" in different colors.  I baked those, painted some brown on and wiped it off to keep it in the crevices, and then painted a gloss finish.  Those were glued to the top of the clothespins which were then clipped onto pieces of scrapbook paper.  I purchased red gift boxes (50% off at H.Lobby) and laid the pins inside.  On top I laid the ribbon and then added a card that explained the gift: the clothespins were dressed up for Christmas.  By hanging the ribbon, the clothespins could hang artwork or Christmas cards or pictures.  LOVED these!  (I need to make us a set!!!)

So three more gifts down and about $8 spent!


Gifts: 17
Cost: $34

Not too shabby!  (I wish I had pics of the whisks... so cute!  And the rest too!  But I forgot!) :(


The Kings said...

Very cute ideas!!

what a blessing to all of the special people in your children's lives!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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