Monday, June 11, 2012

Teacher Appreciation gift idea

I promised that I'd be back to show you a fun teacher appreciation gift idea, so here I am.  Ta-da!  After homeschooling my kiddos for three years, I have gained an all new appreciation for the men and women who educate our little people.  Especially in light of expanding class sizes.  I can't imagine how on earth they do it.  Our family was incredibly blessed with two completely amazing teachers this year, and I have no doubt that they were specially placed right in the story of my hoodlums little lives, by a very good God who loves them.  And because of that, I wanted to love on them a little bit with an extra sweet gift which pales in comparison to the gift that they have given not only my kiddos this year, but also myself and our family.
 First, let's talk about monograms.  I adore them.  Adore, people!  I had a brilliant idea in the middle of the night.  Because let's face it, that's when brilliant ideas strike.  Or in the shower.  But you can't really tell people that because then they think you're thinking about them in the shower, and that's just creepy no matter how you try and say it.  Ha!
 Here's what I did.  Do you remember this post, where I took clay and made garden markers?  (Which are also holding up amazingly in our near constant rain by the way, for those of you who have asked.)  I printed out some letters in the size and font I wanted, and then rolled out my clay, about 1/4" thick.  I placed the printed letter on top and lightly traced the outline with a dull knife, just enough to press the outline into the clay.  After that I removed the paper and cut out the letter with a knife.  I baked it according to the instructions on the box, and after it was cooled, I painted it aqua!

 I dragged Nurse Nicki to a nearby antique mall and we scoured the place for some great, beat up old buckets.
 And then the fun part!  Filling them.  I toyed with doing a dinner in a bucket, but for some reason I ended up wanting to do breakfast instead.  I love breakfast...  I found some aqua colored, acrylic canisters and filled them with granola, and tucked some milk in next to them. (Don't be jealous of our local dairy that still makes milk in darling glass bottles.  I know... they're adorable.) I grabbed some bagels and wrapped them in brown paper, and added some laughing cow strawberry cream cheese wedges, and some yummy jam.  Lastly I added in a coffee drink and some daisies, cut fresh from my garden. My kiddos wrote the sweetest notes to their teachers too, which went in at the last second along with one of these turquoise VW bus postcards with a little note of appreciation from our family, jotted down on the backside.  Ava wrote a poem that was hysterical.  Oh that girl... 
 After everything was wrapped and arranged inside these great buckets, I felt all tingly.  I adore giving gifts like this. Some of my most memorable gifts, have been a collection of items in a basket or container.  It's like opening a treasure hunt!  I figured the teachers could use the buckets later for planters, or whatever.  You can't ever have too many old beat up buckets, right?



I found the canisters at TJ Maxx.  Twine can be purchased here (and thanks to a reader for this link).  I buy my brown paper at Sherwin Williams.  It's thinner than packing paper, and comes on big rolls in various widths and I prefer the 18 inch rolls.  It's one of my favorite things and I wrap most of my Etsy items in it before shipping them out. 

Do you have any great teacher gift ideas that you can share with us?  I'm always on the lookout for a great gift idea! 



30 comments:

  1. I didn't know laughing cow made strawberry flavor! Oh I need to see if we have that in Colorado! What an adorable gift! I would love to receive it!

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  2. i love this gift idea! like LOVE!
    i'm right with you on giving gifts like this.
    it's totally my love language!
    what a great, fun mix of goodies that is totally unique!
    glad you found that link to the twine. i think my roll is going to last for about a million years. ;)
    have a great day!
    xo

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  3. As a teacher, I would be completely in love with a gift like this from one of my students! I'm going to guess that those teachers were as appreciative of you as parents as you were of them. Oh, if all parents could be as thoughtful as you are...

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  4. LOVE it!!!

    For those of us not handy with clay, I think we could buy wooden letters at Michaels. :)

    Would love to know which antique malls you scour.


    Laurel
    mama of 12

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  5. ummmmm..wishing I was your kids' teacher. :)

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  6. ditto to tara!
    you are entirely too cute

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  7. this is uhmazing!! totally amazing!! you are just the bee's knees!

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing! Love your ideas, and well, everything you do :)

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  9. I bet the teachers love to see you walking into the classroom. Sweet sweet ideas! I'm failing mierable this year. Gift cards...aka boring:)

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  10. Those are so stinkin' adorable!! Love it all!! I know what you mean about feeling all tingly. I absolutely LOVE giving gifts like this. And I'm so happy to know that I'm not the only one who has ideas pop into their head during the middle of the night and in the shower, LOL!

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  11. can i be your kids' teachers?? pretty please? you are phenomenal. these are dang cute. i want to be you when i grow up. : )

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  12. Awesome idea! I am sure they loved it! I am with Becky, gift cards again! I need to step up my game! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. Oh my goodness, this is just bursting with cuteness! I'm sure my daughter's teacher will be happy with the cute polka dot Chinese takeout box of homemade cookies I'll be giving her, but I'll make sure to *not* show her this so she doesn't get jealous. hee hee For sure I'll be using your idea for other gift occasions, though! :)

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  14. I am a teacher and I would LOVE this as a gift! You really are one of the MOST creative people I have "met"! XOXO

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  15. I am a teacher's assistant and these gifts totally ROCK! I love everything about it and the handmade VW cards by you are adorable. My daughter and son-in-law have a VW bus almost this exact color, I may have to order these soon! Blessings to you and your beauitiful family!

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  16. So cute I'm sure they loved them.

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  17. You have to be the.most creative person I know! (ok, wish I knew!!) :) What a great gift and I can totally relate to the 'tingly' feeling. Love that!

    So cute and thoughtful. I am sure they are going to love them!

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  18. As a teacher, I can tell you that these gifts ROCK! Pinning....

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  19. These are absolutely fabulous and thoughtful. Thanks for the Sherwin Williams tip too - great idea!

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  20. Oh my! Amazing idea!

    We did slap watches with little notes that said "Thank you for taking the TIME to be my teacher this year." They're fun and resistant to little people messes-- aka spills, paint, and water. :-)

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  21. I'm a teacher's assistant in a primary school in England, I can truly say I have never seen such awesome, thoughtful, creative gifts as these, I just know the teachers at my school would love these!

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  22. Oh.my.word! Adorable! Wishing I was teaching your 'hoodlums'!!
    Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the light fittings - I too am trying to turn our new spec home into a character filled farmhouse... soon to add a porch with swing... woot woot!! :)

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  23. this idea completely and totally RoCKS! Love it!

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  24. Well now you made the rest of us look bad! :) This is a fantastic idea...Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Wow! Your kids' teachers are SO lucky - these little buckets are just adorable. What a clever idea, and I totally agree - opening up several little things from a container is such a fun and surprising gift.

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  26. I know this is an old post, but it is wonderful! I would love to be one of your children's teachers. :) I am a homeschool mama!!!

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  27. I recognize that Twin Brook bottle

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  28. I was just googling for ideas for Teacher's Appreciation Week next week. After 2 hours of searching, I came across this...and I LOVE it!! I will be going out tomorrow to look for cool tin buckets...and of course, I can't forget the letters! (I'll need A, B, C, and K!) Thank you for sharing!

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