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    Teacher Gift Ideas

    Posted by  ·  December 2, 2010

    Hey Everyone, it’s Kim from Today’s Creative Blog. Cindy wanted me to show you my ideas for those teacher gifts. I guess she thinks I’m the queen of teacher gifts since one of my products was featured in Matthew Mead’s Holiday magazine!

    {{squeal!!}} (page 8 #5 just in case you have it)

    Sure you could just go buy a candle or mug and call it good. But if you’re like me, you’ll want a teacher gift that’s special to show them how much you really appreciated their hard work. So here you go….

    3 Great Teacher Gifts

    1. Teacher Chalk Board

    The first couple of years I did the cutest Chalk Boards with their name on them. The teachers loved them and it’s something they can use for years to come.

    Items needed to make a teacher chalk board:

    • Chalk board- I picked mine up from Big Lots
    • a variety of scrapbook paper, stickers and embellishments – I used school themed items
    • ribbon
    • Glue
    • Alphabet rub on’s or foam stamps
    • craft paint if using foam stamps

    2. Dipped Pretzels

    This is great especially for those male teachers. We’ve also given a box of these to the office staff. It only takes a few placed nicely in a cute tissue lined box. Add cute ribbon and a Christmas pick and they’ll think your middle name is Martha. This is also something your child could help you do. We get an assembly line going in our family since we also give these to my husbands staff.

    I use my fondue pot to melt the chocolate and then we just dip away. Sometimes we get crazy and dip them in crushed candy cane or toffee chips before the chocolate sets.

    Items needed to make dipped pretzels

    • Pretzels
    • Candy discs – I bought mine at Michael’s.
    • toffee chips, sprinkles, crushed candy cane. So many options here.
    • fondue pot, double boiler or glass pyrex to melt in the microwave.
    • Parchment paper- this works better than foil or waxed paper for laying the pretzels on.
    • Kraft box
    • ribbon

    3. Sugar Scrub

    Now this was a hit with my son’s teachers last Christmas, and SO easy to make. I think I made it, wrapped it and delivered it in less than 30 minutes.

    Items needed for making Sugar Scrub

    • Sugar – I used Organic sugar
    • Almond Oil
    • Essential oils – I used Orange because it’s the cheapest. I also used jasmine.
    • Glass Jar or plastic- I found mine at The Dollar Store.
    • Ribbon and tags

    Combine 3 Cups Sugar with 1 Cup Oil. Drop in several drops of desired scented oil. Mix. Scoop into jar and seal.

    I hope I gave you some quick, inexpensive ideas for the teachers in your life. For more daily inspiration, I hope you’ll visit Today’s Creative Blog


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    1. Tasha
      Saturday, January 7th, 2012
      actually lor, my daughter's preschool teacher prefers homemade gifts & homemade goodies. She wrote it on her favorites list that is given to each parent for teacher gift ideas. Don't just assume all teachers don't like them just b/c the ones you know don't like them.
    2. lor
      Friday, June 17th, 2011
      I have about 15 girlfriends in our neighboorhood and they are all teachers and NOT one of them wants any of this. They would rather have a book or supplies for the classroom. The amount of money to make the sugar scrub could have bought several books for the classroom. I think they are darling ideas for door prizes for the school bake sales and raffles....
      And the teachers will not eat homemade items especially i they know the kids made them - I volunteer in the school and see it firsthand...
    3. Monday, December 6th, 2010
      Congratulations on the feature! I'll be linking to this from my Teacher Gift round up at Craft Gossip :)
    4. Friday, December 3rd, 2010
      sorry, i meant to put an exclamation mark at the end there. my 7 month old is on my lap. sorry! ;)
    5. Friday, December 3rd, 2010
      where do you find the essential oils? Joann fabrics? great ideas, i love them!
      i love making my gifts instead of just buying. Thanks for the tips?
    6. Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
      As a former teacher, I know that your teachers will love these ideas! Please, no more lotion and candles!!
    7. Joy
      Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
      Love the sugar scrub, but with the price of sugar this year I think I'll save it for another year.
    8. Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
      Great ideas! Love the sugar scrub!
    9. Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
      These are GREAT! I think I want to do all of them! Teachers also love to get boardgames and card games - it's a thoughtful inexpensive gift that they can use in the classroom. Games teach math, language, critical thinking and unplugged face-to-face social skills and are being used more and more to engage students in a fun way while they are learning. Today, Chicago Tribune published a list of 10 cool games that bring families together, educate and entertain all year long. http://bit.ly/fnmQXe
    10. Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
      I love these ideas! Have been looking for the perfect gift for my daughter's preschool teacher and think I may have found it with the sugar scrub!