Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

This is Rylie's last week in preschool ='( 

To say we're going to miss her sweet teachers is an understatement. They're seriously the best ladies and we've been so spoiled by them this past year. I really wanted to do something special for them for the end-of-the-year gift. I thought of manicure/pedicure gift certificates or massages. However, we're on a pretty tight budget. And as much as I would love to spoil them with amazing gifts (like Vera Bradley bags another mom in the class got each teacher), we just cant do expensive gifts right now. So I had to get creative. I had a budget of $10 per teacher. I wanted to get them something that didnt identify them as teachers. Because they do have lives outside of the school too. Something that they didnt already have 10 of from other students' parents. And something personal.


I started searching for diy and homemade teacher gifts and found a ton of great ideas! One stood out to me more than others....an orange-themed gift basket with a tag that read "Orange You Glad It's Summer." Boom. Decision made. So I made a list of cute ideas for orange items to put together, including some store-bought things mixed with homemade things. And the girls and I headed to Dollar Tree and Target (luckily they're across the street from each other here!). And we found everything we needed in just a couple hours!

Here's what we ended up with and a cost breakdown (remember $10 each was our budget!)

Homemade Citrus Salt Soak {recipe here} $1.50
(I only had to buy the epsom salt for $1 at Dollar Tree and the containers were $1 for a pack of 10 at Dollar Tree. I used 4 containers and ribbon I already had)

Orange Cookies {recipe here}
(I didnt calculate the cost because I only needed to buy a few oranges for this recipe and it made a TON of cookies so I handed plates out to the ladies at the front office as well and kept some at home.)

Card and Teacher Interview {printable here} with Bookmarks  FREE! (Rylie answered some cute questions about her teachers and I included that in the card I printed and wrote for them. It was a cute personal touch and the answers made them laugh! I already had the colored paper clips and ribbon.)

Orange Tag {printable here} FREE!

Sunblock $1 each-Target travel section

Trident Citrus gum $1 for  4 packs-Dollar Tree (each basket got 2 packs)

Izze Sparkle Clementine Drink $1 each-Target (prepared meals/sandwiches section)

Coral Nailpolish $1 each-Target beauty section

Vitamin C lipbalm $0.37 each-Target beauty section

Crystal Light Energy Drink Packets $2.30 for box of 10-Target (each basket got 5 packs)

Orange-$0.69 each Target

Orange Notepads $1 each-Dollar Tree

Giftbasket to hold everything $1 each-Dollar Tree

I also bought $2 orange tissue paper at Target but I didnt include that because I only used 2 sheets and can use the rest for something else. I probably could've gone without buying this anyway.

And Rylie insisted on putting orange flowers in them too so $1 for a bouquet of fake flowers from Dollar Tree were added too!

Total spent-$20 exactly!

Here's the final result!

I could've bought some plastic giftbasket bags too but I didnt even think of them! Rylie and I made the cookies Sunday afternoon and brought the giftbaskets to her teachers yesterday. They loved them!

We also brought 2 of these cookie plates to the ladies at the front office there with these tags on them. (David happened to buy these paper plates a week ago and they matched perfectly too!)

We had fun putting these together and wanted to share the details in case anyone's looking for something unique for some special teachers in their lives!

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