Friday, August 17, 2018
Giving Christmas gifts for school teachers and school friends can get expensive quickly. Before you blow your budget, try our ideas for quick, easy, and inexpensive gifts for everyone.
At GiftsforMyTeacher.com, you can order inexpensive personalized notepads for your teacher. For very little money, you get four notepads you can customize with the school logo, cute designs and your teacher's name. These are gifts your child's teacher will appreciate and use throughout the year.
Other great ideas for teachers are personalized Christmas ornaments or a treat jar for the teacher's desk complete with the teacher's name. How about a t-shirt? At LovetoTeach.com, you can find a great selection of cute shirts for your favorite teacher, school counselor, school nurse, or retired teacher. These shirts are fun to wear with cute and witty sayings teachers love.
When checking out personalized items, don’t forget mugs, tote bags, sweatshirts, picture frames, pens and pencils, pencil cups, and mouse pads.
If you would like to give gifts on a more personal level your child's teacher will enjoy, try giving a 'night at the movies' gift. Include a certificate or gift card for a movie, soda, a pack of microwavable popcorn and candy. Wrap it all in a brightly colored popcorn bowl for a great presentation.
If you have many gifts to give, try a homemade mix in a jar. These are easy to make and the recipes are easy to find on the internet. Search for mixes for spiced tea, hot chocolate, cookies, or homemade pancakes. Make a tag with instructions; add a ribbon and you have a great and inexpensive gift.
Christmas gifts for school friends can be a challenge when your child wants to give everyone a gift. You, of course, don’t want to leave any children out but you know your budget just won't cover a gift for every child in the class. A good solution is for your child to make homemade gifts to pass out. Here are some ideas:
Homemade Play Dough
• 2 cups of flour
• 4 tsp. cream of tartar
• 1 cup of salt
• 3 tbsp. oil
• 2 cups of water
• food coloring (optional)
Add ingredients to a heavy saucepan and stir together until well blended.
Put the pan on the stove over medium heat. Cook and stir until ingredients pull away from the sides of the pan. Let play dough cool for a few minutes and then knead. As you knead, add the color you want the play dough to be. Be careful when kneading -- it's hot! Package the play dough in bags, tie with a ribbon and give to children.
Kids also love to give and receive Christmas ornaments, so why not let them make some? Cinnamon Applesauce ornaments are fun and easy. All you need to do is mix 1 cup of cinnamon and 1 cup applesauce plus 1 teaspoon of craft glue.
Mix well and roll the dough out until it is 1/4" thick. Use a Christmas cookie cutter to cut out shapes and use a straw to cut a hole to later string with ribbon and hang the ornament. After cutting out the shape, let your cookies air dry for a couple of days. This is a super easy and fun way to let your children take part in gift giving. It's also inexpensive enough your child can make an ornament for every child in the class.
Don’t let buying Christmas gifts for school friends and teachers get you down during the holiday season. Try these suggestions and you'll have a great time getting something for everyone.