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