Unique & Practical Teacher Gift

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One gift that is easy to forget until the last minute is a gift for your children’s teacher! You want to get something that is sweet, practical, won’t break the bank, and will also stand out in a sea of cookies & DIY gifts.

My favorite gifts for teachers are green & consumable, but also a little something that they will be able to look at and remember your child by. I think that I hit upon the perfect gift for Amber’s teacher this year–so I’m sure excited to share it with you! I like that it’s a twist on classic stand-by gifts that are popular for a reason!

If you’re running late or the time to give your teacher a gift has passed never fear! This would make a perfect New Year Gift (they wouldn’t mind you being late, I promise!) or would be perfect for a teacher’s birthday, or make a great End of the Year Teacher Gift!

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Legalese Nonsense: Knowing that I love a good company with a great cause TreeSmart contacted me about writing about their company and products. I was more than happy to and then pass them on to Amber’s teacher. All ideas, mugs, and crafty DIY Green-ness is always mine!

Unique & Practical Teacher Gift

For this gift you’ll need:

  • A Cute Cozy Looking Mug – I got mine from a garage sale. It was never used/still in a box but I wanted to take it out for this gift. Ebay is another great place to pick up a super cute mug on the cheap-this way you’re “recycling” this part of the gift too!
  • TreeSmart Gift Set – ours includes their colored pencils, ruler, and regular pencils
  • Cocoa Packets or Tea Bags
  • Old Newspaper (for wrapping)
  • Ribbon (for wrapping — again, got my at a garage sale)

Unique & Practical Teacher Gift TreeSmart

The star of the gift is the TreeSmart products! These great, high quality supplies are actually made from recycled newspaper! I think they make the perfect teacher gift because of all people teachers use school supplies more than anyone else, and I think that giving them ones that are totally recycled is a special twist on a practical gift! The fact that TreeSmart offers a Fund Raising program for schools and a school recycling program is a great reason to introduce your teacher to them as well!

Unique & Practical Teacher Gift TreeSmart

Put all your wonderful goodies into the cozy mug! Of course a Green Gift would seem a little silly if you then proceeded to wrap it in paper that would be thrown into the trash! For a fun, inexpensive, and totally green idea use old newspaper instead! If you coupon at all you should have this by the truck-full!

Unique & Practical Teacher Gift TreeSmart

If your child is in an older grade simply placing the mug on several sheets of newspaper and lifting it up and around and securing with a festive ribbon is more than enough! Try using paper that has colored pictures for more visual impact!

If your child is younger and/or loves to paint and craft there are plenty of ways to personalize your gift a little more!

Unique & Practical Teacher Gift TreeSmart

For our present Amber used stamps and brushes to create a mini “masterpiece” for the outer layer of our newspaper wrapping paper. She knew that her teacher loves purple and butterflies so she made sure to use lots of those!

Unique & Practical Teacher Gift TreeSmart

Frazzle the ribbon a bit and Ta Da! A very festive feeling package that your teacher is sure to love!



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