Friday, December 21, 2012

Preschool Teacher & Classroom Gifts

I had so much fun putting together gifts for Wren's teachers and her classroom!

It's kind of one of those things I've looked forward to forever...and this year it was extra special because Wren helped me pick out every single item we gave them (except the Starbucks card, that was my choice!).

One thing I noticed is that when searching Pinterest, Google, blogs, etc., I kept coming across things for elementary school teachers, not necessarily things focused on Preschool or Daycare. I was hoping to find something creative and crafty that really spoke to them being a Preschool teacher, but I didn't find a ton. So this is what I came up with:
 

I found THIS adorable tutorial for pencils made from Pringles cans, and I went with it. I didn't follow it exactly, but I think they turned out pretty cute! I would've pulled out my Cricut, but it is currently shoved in a closet while I try to get my craft room organized, so I had to settle for handwritten.


Then, Wren and I went shopping!

Here's what we included:
{$10 Starbucks Giftcard}
{Essie Nail Polish, color "a list"}
{Lip Gloss, Bath & Body Works}
{Shea Cashmere Hand Lotion, Bath & Body Works}
{Cozy Socks, Old Navy}
{Mini Toblerone Chocolate Bars}
 
In total, I spent just under $25 per teacher, which was my goal.

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I also put together a little gift for the classroom. Every teacher friend I've ever known has spent a great deal of their own money on supplies for their classroom, especially for the crafty activities. However, I wasn't sure if that was the same for preschool teachers. After all, we pay a pretty penny for Wren to go there-I know they have a budget. But after asking around on Facebook, many of my friends who are currently, or have at one point been, preschool teachers confirmed that they have *always* spent their own money for supplies.

So I budgeted to spend about $25 on a classroom gift as well.
Here's what I came up with: 

To make it extra Christmas-like, I took a simple red bucket (bought at Hobby Lobby w/ 40% off coupon), added a black felt belt, and used a sparkly silver felt page to make a belt buckle. I had the beard material on-hand from a wreath that I'd hoped to make last year, so the only cost for the packaging was the bucket. Then we picked up a bunch of classroom supplies I thought they'd use.
 

Inside, I included:
{Colored Pipe Cleaners}
{2 Paint Packs}
{2 Packets of Stickers}
{Pack of Colored Construction Paper}
{Markers}
{Crayons}
{Finger Paint}
{Elmer's Glue}
{Cotton Balls}
 
I had hoped to include a couple books because toddlers are so hard on them, but I didn't find anything that worked well within my budget.

They were all really excited for their gifts and Wren was happy to give them their special presents.
It's definitely the least we could do to show our appreciation to the sweet ladies who take such great care of Wren, teach her so many things, and give her lots of love while we're at work.

Wishing you all a beautiful holiday filled with laughter, family, memories, and lots of tasty treats and presents!

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