Tuesday, June 26, 2012

From One Teacher to Three Others....

As the school year draws to a close, I am always challenged with what to buy the kids' teachers as a thank-you gift.  We have been lucky again this year - A and B have ADORED their teachers, so of course I want my year-end gift to reflect that.  
As a teacher myself, I'll admit, I have been given some real dud presents at the end of year - including used lipstick and a pack of maxi pads.  Really!  But there have been other, fabulous, well thought out gifts from many a child and parent, too.  Cost is never a factor - something simple and free can turn out to be the best gift of all!
I know I am counting the minutes til our summer vacation starts (2 days!!!) and I am sure so are my kids' teachers. So to celebrate their upcoming period of relaxation I have put together a gift that will allow the teachers to sit and chill out, and not worry about lesson plans, yard duties and parental phone calls. 

Instead - iced tea for on the deck or porch, a magazine with nothing but useless information, some newly downloaded tunes and a pretty polish to decorate summer toes.  
Once these items had been purchased I thought long and hard about how I wanted to wrap them.  Something pretty, but artsy and cute, too.

My daughter helped me stamp 3 large pieces of kraft paper with different images.  Cute bird, eh?

Then I folded the kraft paper into a large envelope shape, securing the edges with some 2-sided tape. 

To help the paper hold its envelope shape, I zipped around the edges with a straight stitch on my sewing machine.  it adds a little texture, too.

In goes the gift-- fastened together with a little clear tape.  

For the final detail, I added a little bow on the flap of each of the envelopes.  
Red bow, blue butterflies:

Purple bow, pink birds:

There we go.  Done and done.  I really think the teachers will love these gifts (and the wrapping, too!)  

Truthfully, I'd love to receive these from anyone of MY students!!


  1. Beautiful! I don't know who wouldn't want to receive one of those has a little bit of everything and is so very thoughtful! Angie xo

  2. what a great idea for a teacher gift. Giving them a gift of relaxation is probably the best gift of all at the end of a hectic school year.

  3. This is such a cute post. I have a Blog Hop and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  4. As a teacher myself, I know that I would really and truly appreciate that gift... the gift of relaxation. Perfect!
    Happy summer break :-)

  5. These are really cute! I am a dork so I probably just can't find it but do you have the "follow me by email" sign up? I don't want to miss the goodness!

    Hugs, Tanya

  6. Now these are wonderful - so cute! What a fantastic idea - I'll have to share this with my daughter! I am your newest follower,

  7. What a fun gift with so many great elements to it! I'm a sucker for fluff magazines when I pop into Costco. I always love getting a gift basket that has been assembled by the gift giver instead of something pre-made. Each piece reflects so much thought for what the recipient would enjoy :)

    I have to say your dud gifts trump any that I ever received! I'm sure there's more of a story behind the used lipstick etc. ;)

    Enjoy the first weekend of your summer vacation!

  8. Great your packaging too!
    Thank you for linking up to our Pinteresting Party.


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