Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thoughtful Gifts for Teachers

I'm thrilled to be back in the Booth for a Meaningful Memories post!  Unfortunately, the {wholly self-proclaimed} Queen of Handmade Holiday Gifts has been experiencing a bit of a crafter's block these days. As in I haven't made a single gift yet and it's already November. EEEK!

I thought I'd dig out all of my supplies over the weekend and kick that mental block to the curb, starting with a gift for our teachers. Between my three kids, we have 8 (!) teachers we make gifts for at Christmastime. While I can't even begin to put a price on what these amazing teachers are worth, I can tell you that our budget for them in disproportionately small. (Where have they heard that before?)

Having a husband in education, I know a lot about the common types of teacher gifts he receives...

And while he is honored that someone would spend their hard-earned money on a gift for him, let's just be honest, a person can only use so many #1 Teacher mugs at a time. Instead, we wanted to make something heartfelt and meaningful. We ended up with these...

Using unfinished frames, Mod Podge, scrapbook paper, and some other bits from the craft room, I created these personalized frames with photos of the kids and their teachers on the first day of school this year.

To make one of these, begin with an unfinished frame, found at any craft store, or use any frame from a second-hand store. I used Mod Podge to affix scrapbook paper to the front of the frame and put a quote about teachers on top of that. This great crinkled brown paper was packing material from a package I received months ago. I just couldn't let it go!

I used some tags found at Goodwill, felt from a second-hand wool sweater, old buttons and yarn. I'm really pleased with the way they turned out and hope the teachers like them too. I have a reputation to uphold at school as a good gifter!

In addition to the frames, our teachers will be receiving jars of homemade apple butter I made a few weeks ago.

Looking for other ideas for your favorite teacher? Try the On-the-Go Utensil Wrap, a Heat Therapy Bag, or - one that always gets rave reviews - Brown Sugar Body Scrub.

I find that a thoughtful gift, given from the heart, goes a long way.


becki said...

I love this idea! I have some teachers to make gifts for too. I don't have a picture of the kids with them though! I should have thought ahead!

Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

This post brought back some funny memories of the many random gifts I received when I taught elementary school. I taught in a very low-income community and received many things from the dollar store. I appreciated the thoughtfulness, but a few handmade items, even just a thoughtful card made by the student, would also have been very well-received indeed (and probably saved much longer!).

Green Bean said...

Okay, I'm almost not too scared to use modge podge after your post! It turned out awesome! What a beautiful, memorable, and low cost idea.


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