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Appreciation 7 days a week

Posted by  ·  April 22, 2008  ·  Last Updated: April 30, 2016

This year for teacher appreciation week we will be giving each teacher a “days of the week” pill box filled with little treats and sayings. I found the pill boxes at the dollar store.

You may download the sayings if you like –


(I didn’t use the “We are lucky to have you for a teacher” saying. It would go nicely with a lottery ticket!)

Fabric covered tacks fill one of the compartments to tell them they are sharp!



I used Jessica Jones’ fabulous instructions to make the fabric covered thumbtacks


Some purchased colorful clips fill the next compartment

Next up marble magnets

These are simple to make with glass gems (floral department at the craft store), E600 craft adhesive, a 3/4 inch hole punch, 3/4 inch magnets and decorative scrapbook paper, wrapping paper and or magazine scraps. First punch out a circle and glue it to the back of the glass gem. I removed air bubbles by moving paper in a circular motion to distribute glue evenly and then pressing hard. Allow to set. Next glue the magnet to the back of your papered gem. I found it necessary to sort my glass gems to find the largest ones with no scratches or imperfections. If your glass gems are smaller try using a 1/2 inch hole punch and 1/2 inch magnets.

A measuring tape tells our teacher that they really measure up


Change for the soda machine fills another compartment


Small little post-it notes (the kind for marking a page) just fit to say, “Just a note to let you know we think you are a wonderful teacher!”

Some mints to say thank you

Wrapped all up with a little gift tag that reads:

A daily gift for all you do,
Teaching my child each day through.
Making a difference without taking a rest,
As a teacher, you’re one of the best!


Hopefully our teachers will feel appreciated each day!


  1. Anna
    Sunday, May 4th, 2014
    thank you.. we made them last year and again this year.. my kids love making this for their teachers
  2. Jan
    Monday, November 11th, 2013
    I have 7 grandchildren and I love to make gifts for all their teachers. Thanks, this is the best!!!
  3. stamps
    Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
    I am a variety of volunteers along with beginning a fresh program in our area. Your web site provided us with helpful information to art upon. You will have completed the solid task as well as our own entire community can be thankful to you personally.
  4. Margie Stevens
    Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
    Love, love, love this idea!! I think these little gifts send a message of "thank you for all the little things you do that add up to big things for my child."
  5. Laura Clark
    Monday, May 7th, 2012
    Thank you for the innovative idea . I am saving this for a future gift. These nasty postings really brought tears to my eyes as I just finished making mini fruit kebabs for the teachers and was prepared to sew a tissue pack cover for tomorrow. I don't spend very much money on gifts for my children, so I certainly can't do much for others, but I hope that any token of appreciation is indeed appreciated. Thanks for your great inspiration. I love your site. God bless you.
  6. Jenny
    Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
    I think this is a fabulous, cute idea. Some people need to remember that some people can only afford to do crafty things like this, especially those with multiple children or have just fallen on hard times. Cheers to you teachers that truly appreciate things like this. I always try to remember the P.E. teacher, music teachers and art teachers too.....it can really add up when you include all of them too, but you sure don't want to forget them. I do like the idea of putting a heart felt note/letter with anything or just by itself. Have a wonderful summer everyone.
  7. Erin B.
    Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
    Love the idea. I am not crafty at all but this is so easy I may fool someone into thinking I am ;)

    Thank you for sharing!
  8. Amy
    Monday, April 30th, 2012
    Any teacher who receives a "cheesy crafty" gift obviously has no idea how much time, effort, and thought goes into making them. With that said my best friends sister was my son's kindergarten teacher and I did ask her what type of gift would be preferred as a Christmas gift. She did express the fact that an item that can be used in the classroom in some way was preferred over "personal" items, but I also know that we live in one of the poorest counties in our state and most of our teachers struggle each year just to have basic school supplies for their students. In our county these pretty extras are placed low or non-existent on the purchasing list because the teachers are spending entirely too much on supplies that parents either cannot or will not purchase for the students. With this gift you are covering several levels of thoughtful gifts. One, the item is filled with usable, but still fun and pretty items. Two, the gift required some effort to acquire and make so it shows the time and thought put into it. Third, it offers expressions of appreciation.
    If you have too many mugs, etc then feel free to re-gift them to your family and friends or how about you get a little crafty yourself and come up with unique uses for those items. While Ellie and others did not say that they showed their discontent with the students or the parents I'm afraid that since there was no sincere appreciation it was probably terribly obvious. I don't necessarily want the dandelion blooms my children constantly "gift" to me on a daily basis, but they are 100% sincere in the desire to please and surprise me and I shudder to think that someone would squash that smile and pride in a child. A gift is just that...a gift. You don't deserve it, you don't have a right to it, and to be unappreciative is in very bad taste and I feel shows a great lack in character, grace, and elegance. If you do not like the gifts then feel free to notify parents on the first day in writing that you will not accept them for whatever reason you can find that sounds better than "I just don't appreciate them." That way no parent spends time or money on one and a child doesn't get crushed by your lack of enthusiasm in acceptance. May God richly bless you in your mug and cheesy crafty item filled existence.
  9. Tammy
    Friday, April 27th, 2012
    WOW maybe some folks should get out of teaching if they are 'tired of cheesy crafty' gifts. I have taught for 22 years and recently had to take sick leave as I battle cancer. My high school students made me cards and posters to put up in my hospital. My past students even made cards using our inside jokes like the Lab Peacock and Julius Sumner Miller's "Physics is my business, your business is to get better" etc..- Crafty, cheesy ? you bet & I enjoyed everyone of them and the encouragement they provided.
  10. Sharon Hughes
    Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
    Poor, poor Ellie and Patty. It made me so sad thinking about how unhappy they must be to not appreciate a little person's gift (regardless of whether they felt the need to donate it to a needy person or place if it wasn't needed) I'm going to get to work on two things: 1.) this adorable pill box and 2.) saying a prayer they both find peace and joy in the little things life offers. They are truly what matter.
  11. Karen
    Saturday, March 31st, 2012
    I love this unique idea. The possiblilities of what to include in it are endless, and the container can always be used for a center game. I've been teaching for 25 years, and have received many different tokens of appreciation during that time. I have enjoyed every single one of them. That includes the orange seed that a child gave me because she knew I loved oranges. She said that I could plant the seed and have as many oranges as I want. What counts is the kind gesture, not the actual item. Please don't let any of the comments posted here discourage you from encouraging a teacher.
  12. Pauline
    Thursday, February 9th, 2012
    Appalling! I was so shocked when I read Ellie's comment. How ungrateful and uncaring can a person be?!!! While I do know a few teachers who would think the same thing as her, I do believe most teachers would be thankful for the time and energy put into this crafty idea; not to mention thought and love that was put into it.

    Our district is one of the poorest in this half of the state. Many of our children's families struggle with simply making ends meet. Gifts for the classroom are greatly needed. These could be crafting supplies, pencils, sharpie markers, crayons, rulers, books, binders, etc. The ideas in this craft are wonderful in the way that teachers need to pin things to their bulletin boards, hold papers together, and mark where students are in their reading books or placing notes in your lesson plans. Some of us are fortunate to have magnetic boards in our classrooms where we need strong magnets to hold things to the board.

    Most teachers in my school will at one time or another use the soda vending machine. The coins would be put to good use - the teacher can choose to buy soda, water, or juice - what ever flavor they desire and whenever they want it.

    Just the thought that a child or their parent wanted to thank me for the work I have tirelessly performed is exciting. Yes we could use a good letter to the Principal or the Human Resources Director and we could use a gift card to whatever place you desire, but its not the only thing in the world that counts. Prices of a gift received should never be equal to your appreciation.
  13. GCK
    Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
    This is a really cute idea. My preschool staff would be tickled to receive this. They get a lot of mugs, candles and lotions- enough to open a store which is why homemade is great. As a Director at a school we run a very tight budget and while I love to splurge on stuff like post-its (yes- it's a splurge) I cannot always buy these cutesy things for the staff. My girls would love this. The would continue to refill it with treats or use it for math sorting or surprises and stuff. I would continue to refill it myself with bite sized chocolates and notes just to show them we care.

    A hand written note is always wonderful as well. Most of my staff tape these notes to the inside of their cabinets to remind them why they do what they do when it's been a tough day. I have notes from 15 years ago.....and ornaments....and even a macaroni necklace from little Elani given to me in 1997. (It's missing a few noodles though) :)

    Moms thank you for all your crafts, notes and cheesy gifts- please do not ever think they are not appreciated. They truly are. Parents do not need to spend $$, just put thought and love into it.
  14. Sue
    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
    AS A TEACHER-This gift is amazing! It is so sweet and made with love! I treasure each mug, letter and gift and always think of that special student who gave it to me when I look at it/use it. Thank you for sharing your love <3
  15. Carol
    Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
    Love this idea and so many of the ideas on this website. I was in charge of Teacher Appreciation Week for many years (and still am) and we would look for ideas to give the teachers and staff (75 people) a daily treat. Although some of the above posters sound as though they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, most of us have to work with a slim budget. All of the teachers were more than elated with the clever ideas and thoughts. Although my daughter has moved on from elementary school, the teachers there still comment on the gifts and treats they received while I was there.
    I, myself, have been a dance teacher for more than 35 years and I have received some of the most "amazing" gifts. When you see the child run in with their gift for you and their eyes are lit up, you can't help but appreciate it!!
  16. Abby
    Friday, November 25th, 2011
    I have a few things to say. First of all, this is soooooooo cute...I want!
    Adorable! Wish I could have given this to my teachers!!
    Second, I KNOW teacers appreciate gifts... they my not cost a lot of money or something they would have seen and bought or made, but they would still find a place for them. When I was in elementary school, I made my teacher a name poem. You know, where you write their name down the page and then come up with kind words that start with that letter in their name. Well, everyday at school I saw that hanging up in the classroom. And third, I want to speak directly to Ellie. Ellie, I don't know who told you that a gift like that is not appreciated, but you need to wake up and smell the roses! I mean really, these are tough economical times and some people don't make a ton of money so they don't go and buy tiffany earrings for Ashley's favorite teacher! A gift is a gift no matter how well made or how expensive. Plus, what teacher can't use post-it notes, and magnets, ect? With a clever saying, too.
    Oh and one more thing, call a therapist and buy your self something nice for Christmas. Whatever you do, do NOT buy a mug... or an apple realated item.
  17. Debip
    Friday, October 21st, 2011
    it is ALWAYS the thought that counts...
    and I am sure the Ellie said her peace and left...
    I like the idea of an I think of you gift and feel this is appropriate....for me.
    My sons teacher is one of my good friends....
  18. Debbie
    Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
    I loved doing things for my sons teachers when he was young and tried to give thought to what the teacher could use -- never bought an apple related gift or mug. However, it got to the point at our school that a week of gifts was expected and children who couldn't do it were embarrassed. How many jobs are gifts of any type expected -- do you give them for your banker, postal carrier, property tax assessor for doing their job? A gift should be from the child's heart and in the form of a thank you letter, not 'stuff'. I subbed and heard how teachers talked about gifts and they often asked for kids to be in their class because they knew the mom did the best gifts. I love this cute idea though -- it's a fun gift. And teachers need to remember gifts of any kind cost MONEY and TIME from the parents.
  19. Donna
    Sunday, June 12th, 2011
    Love the idea and I was a former teacher. Cheesy or not, it is a token of appreciation. It was a rude comment that should never have been made. Where was her sense of humor or feeling of gratitude? Wonder what her attitude is in her classroom?
  20. Elizabeth
    Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
    Thought this was a great idea and was preparing list to make, but then read some comments and started to question myself. However, I too think any teacher would LOVE to receive these items. They can all be used and with budget cuts in schools, I think it would be useful.

    On a different note, at the beginning of school, I typed up a "Getting to Know my Teacher" questionaire asking them simple things like their favorite color, restaraunt, snack, candy, cookie/dessert, coffee/soda, one thing they'd like for their class room, etc. So for birthday, Christmas and teacher appreciation I can get them something I know they like. While I know they'd truly appreciate anything (afterall, it is the thought that counts), I'd hate to send Chocolate cookies if they prefer sugar... Just an idea...
  21. EMC
    Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
    Wow, Ellie. I pray that my children NEVER have to sit in your classroom. I almost started second-guessing all of the appreciative gestures that my children and I do for their teachers. I have a great appreciation and love for my kids' teachers and we have fun showing them how much we love them. Why would you try to take that away from all of the teachers that DO appreciate that? Maybe it's time for you to retire. I did my own rendition of this idea about 3 years ago and am repeating it this year for my boys' teachers. The teachers always love them.
  22. Kelley
    Sunday, May 1st, 2011
    I've always taught my own children to thank EVERYONE for ANY gift they receive. Seems adults need to do the same thing. It's the thought of the giver that counts...
  23. Ashleigh
    Sunday, May 1st, 2011
    I have been very involved in my children's school (PTA Pres, ect.) and I think this is SO CREATIVE and a wonderful token to teachers. ANd to the teachers who do not appreciate the love that goes into a project such as this perhaps are burned out and should find a new career...seriously!

    THANK YOU for giving us such a unique cute way to thank our teachers on a budget that many PTA's are on! WAY TO GO!!!

    YOU ROCK!!!! Thanks for helping SO many of us!!!
  24. Becky
    Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
    I never comment on blogs but Ellie's comment made me so mad I had too. Clearly she was not taught the value of an appreciative gesture no matter how small. I am sad that there are people in the world like her. I LOVE this idea and all your others and believe that when appreciation is expressed it should not matter how it is packaged. Thank you for your creative ideas! Ellie, I hope you can some therapy as you clearly have some deep issues.
  25. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
    Fabulous idea!! I linked your post to my blog because I wanted to share the cuteness. I hope to get the supplies this weekend so I can send it in early next week to my kids teachers. Thanks for the printable link as well, I am super excited about this one.
  26. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    As a teacher of 10 years, I have to say that when any of my students bring me a gift, ANY gift I am soooo appreciative! :) I teach high school, and as a rule students don't tend to give as many gifts to their teachers, so each and every gift is a treasure! I absolutely love this idea!! Thanks for sharing it!
  27. Sarah
    Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
    This is an adorable idea...and it's funny to me that a teacher who thinks this is "cheap" or "cheesy" is also someone who never hears anything but complaints from parents...hmmmmm......Anyway, thanks for the idea, and I'm a teacher of 19 years; I would LOVE this :)
  28. Danette
    Friday, April 15th, 2011
    I frequent many blogs and have read many comments that I found to be in poor taste, but have never felt compelled to comment myself. Until now. I teach second and third grade and am appalled at some of the comments written by fellow teachers. Shame on them. No one should be made to feel bad about giving a gift of appreciation. Seriously? You are telling people how you want to be appreciated? Is that the message that you share with the children in your care? I've been teaching for 20 years and have opened more than my fair share of mugs and apple related gifts - each one delivered by a beaming child. Families are busy and stressed out - i welcome any token of appreciation. Let's all be grateful for the tokens of kindness shown us.
  29. Kira
    Friday, April 15th, 2011
    I am a teacher who works in a school with 100% low income students - I would be happy to receive ANY gifts from my parents and students!
    In my 6 years of teaching, I can count on one hand the number of gifts I've received, but there is no excuse for being ungrateful for any gift given by a child! This gift would not only take a lot of time and effort, it provides things that all teachers use on a daily basis and cute versions of them!
    I would be proud to receive this from a child who had taken the time and effort to create simply for me!
  30. lyn
    Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
    Wow. I've been teaching for 18 years [high school] and am grateful for each and every gift I've ever received - especially the handmade ones.
    I thought this idea was great and would use everything except the quarters [I'm an Aussie!]
    Those who have made harsh comments about this gift are obviously spoiled and probably work in fee-paying schools where rich kids give them gift cards to exclusive boutiques.
    Seriously, people, didn't anyone ever teach you that if you can't say anything nice [especially to a stranger] then just shut the hell up?!
  31. Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
    Love that idea. I would love to get this box of appreciation! And I am so disciplined that I would really only open each day as it happens. I'm such a dork!!
  32. Monday, April 11th, 2011
    This is so creative! I love it. Great tutorial too, I always appreciate pictures and downloadables. You've taken all of the work out of it. :)
  33. Angela Brockway
    Monday, April 11th, 2011
    I really love this idea. I taught for 10 years and I have been a stay at home mom for the last 10 years...so I have been on both sides of the classroom. I know my children's teachers well enough to know that they would think this was a darling idea. If you think you have a teacher who is going through a rough year (financially or emotionally) maybe a parent could tailor the gift and lean more towards a grocery store gift card etc. But for the most part I can't imagine too many teachers who woudln't say..."wow...someone really put a lot of creative thought, time and energy into this whimsical gift."
  34. casey
    Saturday, April 9th, 2011
    I have been a teacher for 16 years and I absolutely love this idea. You teachers who have posted negatively about this are RUDE. I receive joy from seeing my students' faces every day. This gift would hands down make my day.
  35. keecam
    Friday, April 8th, 2011
    Cindy-keep those wonderful ideas coming! This craft took A LOT of thought so poo-pooh to the haters out there who criticize it. People read your blog to get wonderful ideas to share out of love. Period. If they don't like what they read, then they should click the "x" button and go on. Whether you're a teacher or not, any kind of gift should be appreciated. We should all be so lucky to get a macaroni necklace :) Your blog is wonderful!
  36. Leigh Theo
    Thursday, March 31st, 2011
    Hey Cindy! I just wanted to let you know that I featured this gift idea today on my blog! I'm doing a whole series of Teacher Appreciation Ideas and I thought this was so cute! I AM A TEACHER and I LOVED THE THOUGHT OF THIS!!!

    So, great job!!

    I'd love it if you stopped by my blog and had a look around! http://leightheo.blogspot.com

    Thanks so much for all of your inspiration! Please, please, please keep it coming!
  37. Friday, March 25th, 2011
    I just stumbled upon your site. Love this idea! I look forward to checking out the rest of your site!
  38. marie
    Friday, March 18th, 2011
    "Teacher Appreciation" day is next week at my son's school. I was planning on doing something fun and practical. After reading some of these responses from teachers ... it may not be worth the effort. I might just send a note and gift card. I agree that one can only get so many mugs, but one can always put a plant, candy, toothbrushes or whatever in the mug. What I am saying is ... gosh ... how sad to feel this way. Life can be so hard as it is without enjoying the "little" things.
    thank you for all the great ideas!
  39. val
    Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
    Okay! I like others am embarrassed to call myself a teacher after some of the comments written. What is your motivation people? Are you REALLY teaching to be "rewarded" with words or gifts? Come on. If someone gives you a gift, macaroni necklace, cute pill box craft, note on crumpled paper or otherwise...BE APPRECIATIVE! How about people donating to a charity or a book to the local library if you feel the NEED to be given something for your exemplary work (that's sarcasm). I say carry on OH CRAFTY ONE! These are cute and shame on others for poo-pooing it. That is ridiculous!
  40. Sarah
    Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
    As a teacher myself, I can say a gift like this would tug at my heartstrings. Ellie, much of what you say abot writing notes and heartfelt sentiments to a teacher is correct -- there is never a substitution for hearing and reading those words of gratitude. But the time it takes to put together a sweet gift like this is clearly filled with a lot of love and thought. ANY teacher who truly has her heart in her job would see this. That's what Teacher Appreciation week is all about -- it's not about receiving gift cards and certificates. It's about realizing how much what you do means to so many families.
  41. Holly
    Sunday, December 12th, 2010
    I am a veteran teacher and I love this cute idea! This would be something the teachers at my school would be showing colleagues because it is so crafty and clever. Thank you for the thought that went into a gift that is not necessary but certainly appreciated.
  42. Amanda
    Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
    What a fun idea! Cindy, even the CONTAINER is useful on this gift (for medicine or vitamins or just storing little things). I love this idea for other people, too, not just teachers. Thanks for taking the time to share your idea. Also, if teachers never hear enough how well they are doing, then they should love getting a week's worth of that message from at least one student. My husband is a teacher and any kind of school supply gift makes his day.
  43. Carla
    Friday, September 24th, 2010
    Oops, I wasn't finished. ;) I got fired up and hit the submit button by accident! ! What I wanted to say is that I think if a parent (and child) takes the time to make a teacher something, then the teacher should be grateful. Period. A gift is a gift. And the other poster saying they were dismissive of cheap gifts.. Seriously?

    I don't expect our teachers to keep their "macaroni" necklaces for 30+ years until they retire, but a smile and a "thank you" are more than appropriate.
  44. Carla
    Friday, September 24th, 2010
    Ok, so I've let this stew for a while. I was so offended by Ellie's post that I just didn't even know what to say. So I didn't say anything for months. Until now.

    I'm not a teacher. I've not had to endure the hardship of receiving countless mugs, cheap bubble bath or any other "undesired" gift.
  45. Monday, September 6th, 2010
    As a teacher, I would appreciate this gift. I can always use tacks, sticky notes, magnets, ect. Especially cutesy one like these mentioned. Cheesy or not, this is still sentimental because the child would have worked on it. I would prefer something like this over lotion, candles, ect. My mom printed this, so my little brother can give this away this year. Thanks for the idea!
  46. Friday, September 3rd, 2010
    This is adorable! Small yet meaningful handmade items are always the best!
    Thanks for sharing! :o)
  47. robin
    Friday, September 3rd, 2010
    I can't help but think that it would be a safe thing to just ask the teacher what she would like to receive. this idea presented here is very sweet and I know for a fact that there are plenty of teachers out there that would be thrilled to receive it. If you don't think this is the case then just ask.

    Once a teacher told the families that if they really wanted to give a gift then they could give her a rubber stamp with a fun or positive message or design on it. She collected these stamps and used them as encouragement messages on the children's school work.

    The truth is that no one HAS to give a gift and if you receive one being grateful and appreciate is also a teaching moment for the teacher ---whatever the gift. If it is from the heart it counts big in my book.
  48. Patty
    Friday, August 20th, 2010
    As a retired teacher of 36 years in elementary school, I must agree with Ellie, though I would have delivered the message in a kinder way. I used to be dismissive of the cheap gifts, like flamingo bubble bath from the drugstore, or something from the thrift store, even though I realized that it was the thought that counts and not everyone could shop at Nordstom's. I changed my view, and shared it with my student's parents, that gifts for the teacher are not necessary. If they did want to get a gift, the process should be used it as a learning tool so that children will learn the art of gift-giving. Think about what the teacher does that you really appreciate or what you admire about her(him) as a person. Think about something the teacher did just for your child. Buy or make something that highlights your appreciation. Most appreciated gifts: gift cards for everyday items from: Hallmark, Target, Trader Joe's, or the movie. Homemade items, that the student actually had a hand in. Specific notes of appreciation for something the teacher did. Though tangible gifts are wonderful, appreciative letters of a job well done sent to the principal, superintendent, or school board really make a difference! In my retirement, I found I have kept just these kinds of gifts--personal mementos of gratitude. I have no mugs, macaroni necklaces, or paper airplanes with my crayon-drawn picture on them. I only kept the heart-felt letters or notes that specifically thanked me for something I did.

    My mother-in-law gave me wonderful advice when I was first married. When she gave me a present she said she had really thought about what to buy and hoped I would like it. She told me, "I know what I gave you, but I don't know what you received," meaning that she had given much consideration to my gift but wasn't sure I would appreciate the thought she was trying to express. She invited me to talk about the gift if I was ever in question. We had a wonderful relationship and I miss her dearly.

    I hope this helps you in choosing gifts for others, including your child's teacher.
  49. Mary Ellen
    Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
    Wow, Ellie! Did you just finish a year in a classroom of unappreciative kids? After teaching for decades, I still find gifts like this fun and I always appreciate the time the mom, or the child or the two of them took to put it together. A heartfelt letter would be a wonderful addition to it of course, but let's not forget the thoughtfulness that brought a gift like this to you. You are right that teachers are not thanked nearly enough, so why disparage this effort? I hope that you have a great summer vacation and recharge your batteries.
  50. Cindy
    Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
    @ Ellie: WOW! What a comment! Please tell me what is "useless and cheesy" about quarters, post-it notes and paperclips? Last I checked, all teachers/schools could use post-its and paperclips. And, well, couldn't ANYONE use quarters? If your quarters are useless to you feel free to send them all to me. Pretty sure I can find something to do with your "useless" spare change.
  51. Ellie
    Sunday, June 27th, 2010
    You know, I have to say (as the daughter, niece, granddaughter, cousin, friend, etc of teachers) that while a "cute" idea, most teachers would hate this gift. Maybe the brand new teacher would keep it, but year after year of this cheesy, "crafty", useless stuff really wears them down. There is a reason teachers have started asking parents not to get them mugs or anything: Nothing useful ever comes of these kinds of presents. They just take up room. If you really want to show a teacher you appreciate them, give them something they could use and/or help in their classroom. Teachers have more than enough to worry about without having to figure out what to do with useless things like this.

    And sentimental/heartfelt goes a LOT farther than cheesy, btw. So if you're going to say anything in the gift, write them a letter expressing what you appreciate about them, what kind of influence they've had on your child, etc. A letter just simply telling them why you think they did a good job is 1000% better than your idea. Teachers NEVER hear enough about how well their doing, most often they only hear from people that complain that their children arent doing well enough or that their child's inability to do their homework on time when the rest of the class did is somehow the teachers fault. Teachers almost never hear from the parents that think they teacher is doing well by their child. So next time, instead of spending the hours it took you to put this together, go out and get something useful and then attach a heartfelt letter to it.
  52. Cheryl
    Sunday, May 9th, 2010
    My son has 2 teachers this year and we were so excited to give these as an appreciation gift. The teachers liked it so much, we got a thank you back each day (one for each gift in the pill box). Too cute!
  53. Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
    Oh - that is so ridiculously cute and clever! You are brilliant. Am bookmarking this for future teacher treats. Thanks for sharing! xoxo
  54. Thursday, February 18th, 2010
    Thanks for sharing your talent! in such an easy way for us to use!
  55. Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
    Awwwwwwwwwwwwww! Sooooooooooo cute!!!- Pam
  56. Gwen Bunnell
    Friday, September 18th, 2009
    I just stumbled on your "Pill Box" 7 days /week idea for teachers. I am an ex teacher myself and love the idea and sentiments. Now, I'd like to ask your permission to adapt the idea a a gift to a group of nurses, therapists, and other staff members at the hospital rehab center where my sister is currently undergoing therapy for a mild stroke. She suffered the stroke a few weeks ago and is scheduled to be going home in about a week and a half. I live in CA and my sister is in Cleveland, OH. I would like to send the gifts to my sister, so she can give them to the staff, that have been so helpful to her, before she leaves the facility. She is the creative type and would certainly do something artistic and thoughtful for them if she were able. Will be waiting anxiously for your reply, and any other suggestions others might want to add. Thanks Again, Gwen
  57. Marty
    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
    This is really, really sad. Thanks Stumbleupon for showing me the most depressing present anyone could ever receive.

    Does a teacher really need to be encouraged like a mentally challenged child?
  58. Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
    I love this idea. I have posted it along with a link to your site on my blog. I hope you don't mind. I just love this and wanted to share. We're making these for our Sunday School teachers on Promotion Sunday! Blessings to you!
  59. Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
    What a great use for those 7 day pill containers. I have a bunch I got free laying around the house. Thanks for the great idea.
  60. Saturday, July 18th, 2009
    I hope you don't mind if I use this this year. It is truly the most original and wonderful gift I've seen Don't you ever run out of ideas? I hope not! Thanks so much!
  61. Dana
    Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
    Such a cute idea. I think we'll do this for several of my boys' teachers.
  62. Shari
    Monday, May 4th, 2009
    I hope that when I'm a teacher I get something so thoughtful. I love it!
  63. Teri
    Thursday, April 30th, 2009
    I love your cute idea. Just to let everyone know what my granddaughter, Mackenzie, and I have planned for her 4 teachers this year. We have chosen a garden theme. On Monday, Mackenzie will take her teachers a bouquet in a watering can that I have painted with a saying, Teacher, Teacher, Children seeker, How does your classroom grow? With smiles and tears, Hugs and cheers, And the sweetest girls and boys we know. Tue., we have painted a small rock with the saying attached, A rock in our garden is tacky, but as a paper weight, it makes us happy. Wed. we have painted bugs, butterflies, etc... on wooden baskets.We are filling the baskets with garden supplies, such as, gloves, seeds, garden spade, and other garden things we have picked up. We are attaching sayings to some of the item, like, on the spade, I did you, on the seeds, teachers plant seeds of knowledge to help our children learn and grow, etc... Thur. we have painted a 6" flower pot, included a plastic ziploc bag of potting soil and forget-me-knot flower seeds or flower along with saying, Forget me knot and I will forget you knot. Fri. we had all the kids sign a 11 X 14 mat. We are framing an appreciation certificate and will place the mat around the certificate. On the certifficate we will include something like, Thank you for sowing seeds of knowledge that helped us learn and grow this year. We think you Rock! Also, on Wed. we are taking Subway trays and a basket of mound candy bars with attached saying, our teachers deserve a mound of thanks. Teachers have a thankless job and deserve a pat on the back.
  64. Elizabeth
    Monday, April 20th, 2009
    Thank you for the cuuuute ideas! I mentioned you on my blog this morning!
  65. Monday, March 16th, 2009
    Wow, way cute idea! We'll be linking to this in the near future! Thanks!
  66. Sunday, March 15th, 2009
    as a teacher, I looooove this idea! It is so cute! Love it!
  67. Mama Cat From Catzinthehouse
    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
    OMG, this is just too cute. Being a teacher myself once upon a time, I would have loved this thoughtful gift. I am goint to use this little idea for my kittens to give to their teachers this year. Thanks for sharing. Mama Cat
  68. Carol
    Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
    A-hah! A perfect use for these pillboxes! I have such a giant one and was toying with ideas of what I could use it for. What a superb idea. Depending on the personality of the teacher, she/he might open all the days immediately or save the messages/treats for each day. (I was the type of teacher who would wait to extend the fun.)
    Thank you for sharing the idea and all the clever messages to include.
  69. Sunday, December 21st, 2008
    Thanks for the wonderful idea. I made one of these for my son's kindergarten teacher for Christmas and it was a big hit. I also got very positive feedback when I posted photos of my finished project on Craftster.org, everyone loves it.
  70. Friday, December 5th, 2008
    what a thoughtfull gift, sure to be appreciated!
  71. Beverly
    Friday, October 24th, 2008
    I love these ideas. As a teacher, my daughter needed a couple of happys for halloween festival day. I reworded but used the Tea-rrific saying and the hand lotion saying with
    garden gloves for her gifts.
    She wanted to give advil or tylenol in a happy sometime.
    Can you give me a saying that would work for it!!
    Thanks again.
  72. Beverly
    Saturday, October 18th, 2008
    I will be making some of these for my daughter, the
    Special Needs teacher. They are wonderful ideas.
    I also love the way you have the instructions laid out, very
  73. Monday, July 28th, 2008
    I am appalled at the "teacher" who said gift cards or money should be given as teacher appreciation! And, she calls herself a teacher. With that kind of mentality, I certainly would NOT want her teaching for me or any of my children. Shame on you!
  74. NikkiLynn
    Thursday, June 26th, 2008
    I just wanted to say that as a teacher I love this idea. I am disappointed in the person that said that teachers need gift cards and money as presents. Don't get me wrong, as a poor young teacher myself it is nice to have gift cards to stores where I can get more supplies for the kids, but a present like this means so much more!! How thoughtful, and what time you put into this project. This gift shows appreciation, it shows that you took the time to go above and beyond like great teachers do everyday. Bravo!
  75. Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
    This was well thought out and would have definitely placed a smile on my face. I am a first grade teacher at a Charter school and all we got was a thanks for the Cinco de Mayo presentation. Then one of our parents spoke to the principal and you want to know what he said? he said that we knew we were appreciated! WOW! seriously, but then what made it worst is a crappy envelope we got with 2 supposed day cruise tickets, here's the catch to the tickets, does not cover a 13 dollar departure fee for each person and 2 drink minimum for each person as well....We all were bummed out and just left them lying around or they accidently fell on our way down the halls....so much for our appreciation right?
  76. Sherry M
    Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
    Thanks for all the great ideas. I am a member of our schools PTO. We give the staff of 44 a small treat each month of school on a rather limited budget. I have adapted a couple of your ideas recently. The Valentine Lollipop Lilly for the month of April... "thanks for helping our students bloom". Today was a staff meeting and each staff member received a bottle pop card with the clever "soda" message and a note that soda would be available at the meeting compliments of PTO. I have a few other ideas I've used I would be happy to share. Email me and I'll send the information. Thank you!
  77. Monday, May 5th, 2008
    Thank you so much for the great idea. I know my kid's teachers are going to love it!
  78. Sunday, May 4th, 2008
    Why are you not doing a tv show by now!?!? You are so creative!
  79. Thursday, May 1st, 2008
    This is ADORABLE!!! So clever and creative. I'm going to tell my friends about it, and we'll have a pill-box making party!
  80. Thursday, May 1st, 2008
    My wife and I were just discussing an end-of-the-year teacher's gift idea from our kids, and this is excellent!

    @Deborah: Teachers get inundated with gift certificates and gifts with "#1 Teacher" on it. I don't know many teachers that wouldn't love to receive something like this.
  81. Deborah
    Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
    Are you freaking kidding me? Poor teachers give something they can use like a gift cert or money that will show how much you appreciate them! The craft is great to do with your children for fun or top make for a family member.
  82. Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
    Teacher Appreciation pill box idea is adorable!! i have all ready planned my week but will also use this pill box idea. Just an idea to share with everyone...i had all of the students write their name on a sheet of paper then i used carbon paper to transfer it to a flower pot. Then i took a black paint pen and wrote on top of the traced name and will give this to the teacher with a plant inside!! on the rim of the pot i will write something about how she made our children blossom?!? if anyone has an idea for my flower pot let me know!! thanks, and have a happy week!! Thanks again!!
  83. Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
    LOVE this! In fact, I think that I might have my first graders to make something similar for Mother's Day! Thanks for the great idea!
  84. Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
    I love this idea too! My son doesn't have any teachers yet, but I was a teacher, and I would have loved it! I think I might convert it into a grandmother gift. Sooo cute! Thank you for sharing!
  85. kathryn
    Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
    Wow, you have inspired me! My daughter has the best teachers in the world and I try to let them know they are appreciated. This just blows me away. I am stealing this idea! Thanks for a wonderful blog - it never fails to brighten my day.
  86. Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
    I WILL be using this! Super!
  87. Saturday, April 26th, 2008
    What a wonderful idea! Could be used for secretaries too!
  88. Saturday, April 26th, 2008
    Hey, I found your site through Blissfully Domestic. Awesome Idea! I will definitely be using this for my daughter's teacher!
  89. Thursday, April 24th, 2008
    That is so sweet! Thanks for sharing the idea!
  90. Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
    I was just wondering yesterday when I needed to get on that! Aidin has a field trip on the ACTUAL teacher appreciation day. That should be fun. Thanks for the weath of ideas you always provide, Cindy!
  91. Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
    This is really lovely. Lucky teachers to have your child in class.
  92. Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
    Oh my goodness, how cute! I think I would cry if one of my students gave that to me. So sweet....
  93. Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
    This is SOOOOO clever! My mom is a teacher, I think I'll do this as a "just because" for her. Thank you for all of the instructions and ideas.
  94. Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
  95. Sylvia
    Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
    What great sentiments, you certainly are showing how appreciative you are of the teachers - we need more parents and citizens like you that realize the value of good teachers and a good education! Sent by a school employee (not a teacher but a school physical therapist)
  96. Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
    this is really cute. any teacher would love this.
  97. Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
    Awesome. You are so clever!
  98. Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
    Once again you have outdone yourself with the original ideas! Love these!

    I'll be linking these for sure!

  99. Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
    What a sweet gift. I hope I have parents like you when I get my first teaching job next fall!
  100. Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
    so freaking crafty and thoughtful- I would have freaked out at a gift like that when i was teaching! bravo!