Friday, December 12, 2008

Inexpensive Teacher gifts

Do you ever find yourself wondering what in the world to get for your kids' teachers for Christmas?? Here are a couple of ideas that I have used over the course of the past few years. They are easy, inexpensive, and the teachers we've given them to have really seemed to enjoy them. First, after Xmas each year, I am on the "look out" for inexpensive ornaments that are marked WAY down. This past year, I happened upon some flat, glittery snowflakes at Target that were very simple, but were .50 for a package of 8!!! I also bought some clearanced wired Christmas ribbon. Put the two together, pop it in a celophane bag (why do things always look better in a celophane bag?), tie it with a little more of the ribbon, and VIOLA! - an ornament for less than a dollar. We usually do these for Bible class teachers, but since Parker has several teachers at school this year, we did some for them, too.

Second is one of my favorites! The picture is kind of hard to see, but basically, we give the kids' school teachers a "night off" from cooking for their family. We send a note to school, similar to the one above, a week or so before school is out for the holiday. This gives them time to fill it out. We open the note with some encouraging words to the teacher, thanking her for the time and effort she has put into the school year thus far. We state that we would like to give her a "break"this holiday season, and want to bring dinner to her house one night. Then, I give a list of choices: Main Dishes (they choose 1), Sides (they choose 2), Desserts (they choose 1), and about 3 dates that work for us (they choose 1). She returns it to me before the break, and on the night chosen, we make and deliver dinner to her house! They love it! I like it because the kids get to help with it, and we just make a little extra for our family to have for dinner when we get back from our delivery!!! If you didn't want to do a full meal, I have thought, too, of just having choices for a delivered dessert, or something like that........Hope it helps!!!

1 comment:

Wendi said...

Very cute ideas!! I almost bought those ornaments the other day for our "jingling' ornaments..I will stock up after Christmas for next year:)

And yes why is that everything looks better in a cellophane bag!!LOL!!