Ask any teacher and I can pretty much guarantee that they will tell you to PLEASE go easy on teacher gifts. They definitely don’t want you to go broke this holiday season, and they have to find somewhere to PUT gifts from 30 (or more) students.
Let’s say that a teacher just has 30 students and she’s been teaching for 5 years. That’s 150 things that she has to figure out what to do with!
So really, don’t stress about teacher gifts, and just do something small that lets them know that you are thankful for them and how they love on your children.
My best frugal advice for teacher and neighbor gifts is to MAKE them!
Yummy food is always appreciated and it can be packaged in such cute ways! I also think a live plant would be perfect too!
And if you are going to give your child’s teacher an actual physical gift that will not be consumed in some way then I definitely recommend something that could be used in the classroom!
(**Just click on a picture to see the instructions!**)
First off is an awesome resource created by Laurie over at Tip Junkie with 48 (yes, 48) GIFTS IN A JAR!! I absolutely love gifts in a jar, and I love that you can just get one set of ingredients and make several presents all at one time with them!
Next up is Homemade Vanilla Extract! Who wouldn’t love that?? If you have some already made, then you can gift them in these super cute little bottles!
What about all of those free Softsoap bottles that we all get? Does anyone else have about a billion Softsoap bottles under their sink, or is that just me? If you’re looking to get rid of some, here’s a super cute way to do it from Design Mom!
And SO CUTE!! Grab a potted plant (you could even grow it throughout the year… yes, from seeds ) and put a message to your child’s teacher in the middle with a paper medallion (Skip To My Lou shows you how to do it!) Talk about an inexpensive, yet I’m sure much appreciated, gift!
What teacher doesn’t have a ton of clipboards? Check out these awesome customized ones! All you need is paper, spray adhesive & decorations! (And a clipboard)
And then CRAYONS! Who knew crayons could be so cute?? I might have to make one of these to put in our schoolroom too. Homeschool moms get a teacher’s gift too, right?
What other great teachers gift ideas do you have? If you are a teacher, what are the most frugal and most appreciated gifts you’ve received?
Be sure to check out all of the other AWESOME blogs that are participating in the 12 Days Of Christmas series:
Christmas Homeschool Fun: 1+1+1=1
Christmas Decorations: Songbird
Tips for a Healthy Holiday: The Thrifty Mama
Travel Tips: Mom’s Travel Tales
Christmas Recipes: Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
Christmas Family Fun: Life as Mom
Homemade Christmas Gifts: The Happy Housewife