Saturday, June 16, 2012

End of the Year Teacher Gifts

Summer is in full swing in my neck of the woods and I know the trickle effect has started around the country with kids, teachers, and parents excited to enjoy a slower pace for a few months. 
I'm an elementary teacher and the end of every year is bittersweet.  I LOVE my summers, but it's hard to say goodbye to the kiddos after a great year.
Here are a few cute and creative gift ideas from parents and teachers I snagged and thought I'd share.  Enjoy!
Summer Bucket List
This plastic bucket was  filled with fun things to check off for the teacher's relaxing summer bucket list. I guarantee if they do all of these things, they will have a perfect summer vacation! It was such a fun idea and could work as a gift for anyone.
Some of the bucket list items/gifts were to:
*Sit around a campfire (utility lighter)
*Watch a movie (DVD - Pride and of my personal favorites)
*Soak up some sun (sunblock)
*Read a good book (Barnes & Noble gift card)
*Lay by the pool (sunglasses)
*Go out to lunch (restaurant gift certificate)
*Get some extra sleep (Extra gum)
*Take a bubble bath (loofah)
*Have a BBQ (BBQ sauce)
*Listen to your favorite music (iTunes gift card)
*Paint your toenails (nail polish)
*Get a manicure and pedicure (nail set)

This was such a thoughtful gift and completely appreciated by the teacher!  If it seems a little bit extravagant for your budget, here's a similar adorable idea in a different package.

Paper Bag Booklet
 This little book was made from a paper bag. 
Then this cute mom added some gift cards she knew her daughter's teacher would use and enjoy.
This was so thoughtful, and completely appreciated by the recipient! :)
You can watch a video on how to make a paper bag booklet (by pinkscrapper99)  HERE!

Thank you for "PITCHING" in!
Every teacher knows, we couldn't survive without AMAZING parents who volunteer their time and energy in the classroom.  One of my coworkers grabbed these cute pitchers and glammed them up to thank her parent helpers.  She put some silver filler in the bottom and added a wooden spoon and some lemonade mix.  She added her cute thank you card, and the parents got the thank you they deserved.  :)

Hopefully you can use some of these ideas to thank people in your life! 
Have a fun summer...I know I am!


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