With a week to go until the end of the school year, I’ve just finalised the last of the gifts for my girls to give to their teachers.
I kept these fairly simple this year as I feel we are all limping towards the finishing line as the end of the term approaches.
While I usually like to make homemade gifts, this year I kept it to a minimum and decided to buy some budget-friendly items that we would package together as small hampers and gift bags. Given that we are all lagging on time and energy right now, I am a true believer in keeping within our limits, particularly at this time of year which can often feel stressful enough.
Hopefully these give you some ideas on doing the same … and the best thing about these gift ideas is that there’s still plenty of time to pull them together before school ends next week.
Coffee Christmas hamper
I think a hamper is a great way to gift something to a teacher at the end of the year and there are so many themes you can come up with!
I pulled together a coffee hamper for Miss 7’s teacher as I thought it would be a nice way for him to be able to enjoy a nice cup of coffee at school.
I created and packed the hamper myself, which includes a larger porcelain travel mug (Target), coffee bags (Woolworths), Belgian chocolates (Target) along with a small snow dome (Kmart) and Christmas ornament (Aldi). I packaged it together in a Christmassy box, covered it with clear cellophane and tied it up with a bow. I’m actually really happy with the way it turned out and I’ll definitely be keeping hampers in mind for future gifts.
Miss 11 was keen to give her teacher some stationery supplies for Christmas.
It was so simple to pull together – we purchased a cute hessian Christmas gift bag (Target) and filled it with a few supplies including a notebook and pens (Kmart) and Sharpies (Officeworks). We also added a snow dome (Kmart) and an ornament (Aldi) to add a bit of Christmas cheer.
It can’t get any easier than that!
Handmade gift bags
For dance and karate instructors we did kept it very simple with a handmade gift bag containing a simple ornament and chocolates. The bags were made by using a stencil to paint a simple Christmas design on the front of a white gift bag – my girls really enjoyed making these!
I opted to give the candy canes and chocolates a miss for Miss 7’s class gift this year. Instead, I bought a packet of cute Christmas pencils with erasers (just $5 for a pack of 24 from Kmart – bargain!). We added a small card to each and attached these to the pencils by cutting two small slits into the back of the card and sliding it on to the pencil.
Miss 11 still wanted to give chocolates, so we simply bagged up a few Christmas chocolates and red and green M&Ms in small clear cellophane bags with a gift card attached with ribbon to give to her classmates.
Hopefully this has given you some ideas for simple gifts to pull together for your children’s teachers and friends before the end of the school year.
What are you giving your children’s teachers and classmates this year?