Sunday, May 20, 2012

Teacher Gift Ideas

It's teacher appreciation week at the girls' school this week!  Lots of fun stuff going on to thank the teachers.  As a former teacher I know firsthand how much teachers do.  I want to always make sure the special people teaching my little ones know how much I appreciate them.  All of us moms have gone in on Nordstrom gift cards for a group gift, but I wanted to find a little something extra for my girls to give their teachers to say thanks.  Naturally, I turned to the blogosphere for help!  So much creativeness out there!  Sometimes when I'm skipping from blog to blog for ideas it gives me a cute-craft headache. ;)  I found several fun ideas to choose from so I thought I'd share them with you.  First, here is a look at what we did for Addison's pre-school teachers last year...

I made the card in photoshop.  Just collaged three photos of her in my shoes, added some text, and developed it as a 4x6.  


Then we tied the photo card onto cute plates from Target filled with oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. 

It was a personal, easy solution for the many teachers we wanted to thank!

Of course, Addison's cards were what really stole the show.  :)

**I still have cards some of my students made for me years ago.  So many students I taught touched my heart and I will never forget them!  I think personal cards are the best gift you can give - whether it's from the student or the parent.  That or a Nordstrom gift card.  Either would do.  ;)  

Here are some fun ideas from various blogs.  They're all so darling - the hard part will be choosing which one to use!  Click on each link to get all of the crafty details and free printables! 




 I love this last idea for the girls' dance teachers.  

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope your week is off to a great start!

18 comments:

ReenieK Designs said...

I love doing teacher gifts, at the begining of every year I have the teacher fill out a paper that asks, whats your favorite color, store, candy,etc.
And we do stuff throughout the year. My sons older & doesn't get into it anymore, But my daughters in 4th grade so she still likes bringing stuff in.
Last year I did Beach towels rolled w/ sunscreen in the center of the towel. On my Pinterest board I have a Teachers gifts section. I'm under Maureen Dixon on Pinterest, feel free to look :)

Anonymous said...

OMG! These are just the cutest gifts! If only I had time to do them....

Anonymous said...

Love them all! I am a teacher also and have many cards from my first year of teaching back in 2000 (and many other years!)I love getting them and as I teach preschool I get the sweetest things, my favourite was a beach towel. Every summer I thought of that student, it finally fell apart last summer after 10 years of use! This year I am planning to do something similar for my little man's teacher. Have fun with it! Emma in Australia

Simply LKJ said...

Great ideas! My girls loved coming up with ideas for teacher gifts when they were younger.

Amber - Binkertation said...

what a wicked cute round up of gift ideas - thanks!!

I LOVE the photo printable/cookies - easy, affordable, and very sweet. Plus, Addison is too adorable!

Colleen said...

Cute idea! Love your pinned ones : )

Erin said...

Thanks everyone! So glad you like these ideas. I thought they were so cute.

Reenie - that is such a good idea to have the teachers fill out a questionnaire at the beginning of the year! Love that! Doing it next year for sure. Thanks for sharing!

angie said...

i bought the grey striped dress from Target for my daughter too! I love it. I also almost every color capri leggings Target sells to go under them! :) so easy!

Jessica said...

Great ideas! I was JUST thinking about what to get my daughter's teachers for end of the school year gifts. Now I know! Thanks!!!

Jane Carden said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!! You are SO thoughtful, and I know your daughter loved helping with it!

I looked for the gray striped dresses at Target on Saturday for our granddaughter, age 3 1/2, but the Springfield, Missouri store din't have them. But I found lots of other really cute things for her and our grandson!!

I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! Keep up the great work! You are fabulous!

Erin said...

SO happy some of you are finding cute stuff at Target!

And thank you Jane! That was such a sweet comment! I'm going to feel "fabulous" the rest of the day. :)

Kathleen said...
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Kathleen said...

Oh my goodness, those are some cute ideas! I have been following your blog for about a year Erin and finally just made the time to make a blog I can be more involved and comment! Thanks for all the fun posts! Your family is beautiful!

Amanda Thomas said...

I absolutely LOVE your ideas!! Your post on your pantry make over motivated me to do a complete overhaul on mine! I LOVE my pantry now!! So organized and pretty exactly how it should be:) I am with you on the containers tho, buy one here and there, but can't wait to get all of them that I need!! I have to ask where did you get your dish towel holder? I have been needing one for some time and haven't found one I like. The one you have would be PERFECT! thanks so much!!

Erin said...

Thanks Kathleen! So sweet of you to say. :)

Amanda! I love that you re-did your pantry! It's so fun having it super organized, isn't it!? Always makes me happy. :) The dish towel holder is from a store called Tai Pan. I bought it in Utah a couple of years ago so I'm not sure if they still have it or not. ?? Sorry if that isn't much help!

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Great gift ideas, another great idea is an engraved pen, it's something i've always liked as a sentimental gift for a teacher.
These guys do an excellent job at a good price i would check them out!

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