For The Love Of Teachers

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

As a little girl, I had big dreams of becoming a teacher. For years, I played teacher, principal, and student at Heather Elementary.

At some point along the way, it occurred to me that I’d need patience and I’d have to deal with other people’s shorties, and worse, other shorties’ parents, which would require even more patience. And, yeah, I have no patience. Especially for other people’s shorties (the ill-behaved ones anyway) and especially for other shorties’ parents. Have you SEEN the way some parents behave!? Oh. Hell. No.

I can only thank God I saw the light before I became a teacher imagine all that teachers see, hear, and deal with at school. To say I appreciate the teachers who deal with my shorties and my shorties’ parents would be an understatement. During Teacher Appreciation Week, I enjoy creating a little something for our teachers to thank them for all they do.

This year, I have created these:

The total for each of these was $10.09. I love these and hope their teachers will too! Here’s the scoop:

*Scored Germ-X hand sanitizers for $1.50 each. I removed the labels from the front and back of each bottle and personalized each with a personalized vinyl monogram which I created using my Silhouette.

*Found some awesome note cards with envelopes on clearance at Target for $1.18/pack of 12. I purchased 3 different styles and divided them up so each teacher receives a dozen with 4 of each style. I personalized the cards by simply creating a Word document with each teacher’s name and running the cards through my printer.

*Also found some coordinating envelope seals on clearance at Target for 88 cents/pack of 24. I purchased two packs, divided them up so each teacher receives a dozen and I have 12 left to use for another project or gift.

*Found cute glass jars at the dollar store and created personalized vinyl monograms for each one using my Silhouette.

*I checked the expiration date, used a coupon, and scored the Ghirardelli tower of chocolate after the holidays, on clearance at Kohl’s of all places, for a mere $6. It had plenty of chocolate to for each teacher gift PLUS lots of extras which I’ll be using for another gift.

*Found an awesome FREE bookplate printable here and printed two for each teacher.

*Scored the pens during back-to-school clearance days at Target with coupons.

*I had originally planned to place everything in cute wire baskets I found at Target on sale, however my mind was changed when I found the awesome chalkboard caddies (they even came with the cutest little erasers) on clearance at Target for $4.48 marked down from $14.99! SCORE! (in the photo below, pay no attention to those damask and polka dotted boxes…lol…they are for a bake sale project)

*The clear cellophane wrap, shredded filler, ribbons, and tulle were on hand from other projects.

If I were a teacher, I’d love this gift! It’s something that can actually be used and won’t just sit around collecting dust. (hopefully) I’m going to tuck a little gift card to Starbucks inside and can’t wait to deliver them! :-)

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5 Responses to “For The Love Of Teachers”

  1. For the Love of Shorties

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  2. ShootingStarsMag

    Oh wow, this is great. I love how you tried to personalize so much of it too….and I’m loving those chalkboards on the front. Fun!

  3. Heather

    Thank you so much for dropping by and commenting! So many great ideas for teacher gifts and I had fun putting this one together.

  4. Kim

    How do you remove the labels from the germ-x bottles? I would love to make one of these for my classroom!

  5. Heather

    Hi Kim ~ the labels are pretty easy to remove. I just catch a corner of the labels with my fingernail and then it pulls off in one piece. Rarely is any residue left behind but if there is, just use the label to lift it off…place a corner of the label over the residue, rub gently then carefully lift off. Have fun!

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