It’s getting treacherously near that time of year that strikes fear and elation into the hearts of Moms and Dads everywhere! THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! (dun dun dun!) It is almost laughable how every year at this time I cannot WAIT til school is out! And every year….fast forward a couple of weeks….I cannot WAIT til school starts! :-) It’s a LOVE/HATE thing for sure.
I also have a LOVE/HATE thing when it comes to end-of-the-year Teacher Gifts. I do LOVE to reward my kids’ teachers for
putting up with teaching them for a whole year! But I hate (well maybe hate is a bit strong) trying to come up with something! (I’d actually be very curious to hear what teachers think about this whole tradition? Do you look forward to the myriad of little trinkets your students bring in…or would you rather just not be bothered? I think I know the answer.)
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So this year I was doing my usual “research” to come up with a good teacher gift that fit all my personal requirements: Useful, easy and won’t break the bank!
That’s not too much to ask for is it? I don’t think so. And I think I found some good ones this year! I hope you think so!
First off….give the gift of colored pencils…in a cute and creative presentation.
Found this idea over at Happy Clippings and couldn’t wait to make one! It was so quick and easy but so cute! AND USEFUL! I mean what teacher can’t use more colored pencils? And they won’t have to pry these off either! They are held on with a cleverly-concealed rubber band. :-)
My second idea came from Chocolate On My Cranium (love that name!) and is one of the most clever things I’ve seen!
Take basic ball point pens like these with clear casings…and pretty them up with cute bits of scrap paper that you roll up and tuck inside! I just LOVE how these turned out! I want to keep them all for myself. :-) (I have a “thing” for pens!)
It just doesn’t get much easier than that folks.
Of course I found SCADS more great ideas….but didn’t have the time nor inclination to make them all. So here are a few more that caught my eye for your consideration.
Here is a cute idea from Skip To My Lou. A fun little gift tag all ready to print out and tie to a cute stack of notecards (or sticky notes, or whatever)! It says, “Take “NOTE”, you are one of my favorite teachers! Thanks for a great year!”
Useful? CHECK! Easy? CHECK! Won’t break the bank? CHECK! :-)
And finally….get ready to have some fun with this one! Take a little trip over to www.wordle.net and create your own one-of-a-kind “Subway Art” piece using you and your child’s own words to describe his or her teacher. Or really ANY words you want! You simply type the words into their “create” window and the site does the rest! You can change the colors, fonts, shape, direction, etc. Then just print it out and stick it in a frame (or some other presentation of your choice) and you’re done! It’s actually quite fun and would be a great gift for all SORTS of occasions!
Here are a couple I made up in about 5 minutes. :-)
If I had more time I could have gone crazy on that site! It’s WAY fun!
OK…that’s MY contribution to the creative pool of teacher gifts this year! What’s yours??? :-)