When I used to teach preschool, my favorite holiday gifts were ones that were useful (i.e. Starbucks gift cards), and ones that were sentimental (i.e. a homemade craft from the child). Now that I’m on the giver end of teacher gifts, I like to combine both of these types of gifts. This year I created a simple gift using items you may already have around your home, or you can purchase for under $3. The prices will vary depending on the store, but if you shop at a dollar store, or a store such as Big Lots or Walgreens, the prices will match with what I have listed. As with every other project I undertake, it is incredibly easy and quick. Here it is!
–Christmas mug: $1
–Flower seeds: $0.20
–Holiday-themed chocolate: $0.50
–Small bag of coffee: $0.50
–Star ornament: $0.50
- Instructions for making star ornament: you will need to cut out two equal-size small stars from poster board. I like to use a cookie cutter to create the star shape, but you can also print one off, cut around it, and use the cutout as a template. You then have your child decorate both sides of each star however he or she would like, using paint, markers, or stickers. Cut a slit in each star that reaches about 2/3 of the way to the middle of the star. Connect the two stars by sliding the slits together. Punch a hole in the top of one of the stars, put a ribbon (about 3 inches long) through the hole and then tie the ribbon – this will create the hook to hang the ornament on a tree.
You then type a small sheet that says the following:
I wanted to get you a….
Mug because you fill me with knowledge,
Seeds because you help me grow,
Chocolate because you’re always sweet,
Coffee because you’re full of energy,
And a star because you brighten my day.
Thanks for being a great teacher!
I like to print this out, cut it with scissors that create a design when cutting, then cut out a piece of construction paper that’s slightly larger with the same scissors. Tape or glue the paper with the message onto the paper with the construction paper.
Fill the mug with the seeds, chocolate, coffee, and ornament. Give this and the message to the teacher and he or she will be thrilled!