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Teacher Appreciation/End of Year Gifts

10 May

This year, we were very blessed to have amazing teachers for both of our children.  Our younger daughter started in 2-day preschool, and was enjoying it so much, we moved to 3 days a week after the Christmas break.  Her teacher and teacher-aide have been really good with her, making her use her words more since she is so quiet and shy, and we have definitely seen a great change in her through the school year.  She is very much looking forward to going to pre-K 5 days a week, still half days.  Our older daughter started in kindergarten, but moved to 1st grade after the 1st quarter (she has a late birthday, so didn’t make the cut off last year, but was over-ready this year), and her teachers (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) were really great with helping her transition into the class and help her learn and grow throughout the year so she is all set to head to 2nd grade next year.  We have many things to be thankful for, and decided to show our appreciation with a Get Ready for Summer by the Pool or at the Beach themed gift.  I got the inspiration from Lori at My Kinda Rain, she posted a picture on Facebook of some items she was buying at Target for a similar theme.

Teacher Appreciation/End of Year Gift


Here is what each gift had:

  • Woven bags: Found at the dollar spot in Target for $3 each
  • Beach towel: Found at K-Mart on sale for $4.99 each.  I folded the towel in thirds, then rolled up leaving part unrolled to come up the back of the bag and stick out of the top.
  • Puzzle book: Found at Target in the magazine section, $3.99 each
  • Pencils: Found at Dollar Tree, pack of 4 for $1
  • Large plastic water cup: Found at the dollar spot at Target for $1 each
  • Flip flops: Found at the dollar spot at Target for $1 each
  • “Fun” drink glass: Found at the dollar spot at Target for $1 each
  • Bag of Flipz pretzels: Found at the dollar spot at Target for $1 each
  • Box of  10 Crystal Light lemonade On-the-go packets: Found at Target for $2.49 each
  • Neutrogena SPF 55 sunscreen with bonus lip balm: Found at Target for $7.99 each
  • After sun aloe: Found at the dollar spot at Target for  $1 each

Total: $27.71 each

Then, we also used construction paper to cut out hearts and they each wrote notes to their teachers.  Well, my older daughter did her own and my younger daughter dictated hers to me to write, but she did write her own name.

My goal had been to spend about $25 for each teacher, and I was just over that.  But, trust me, they deserve it!  Both girls have enjoyed their teachers, and we wanted to make sure to show them that.  The gifts were well received, one is headed to San Diego soon for a trip, and said she will be taking it all along with her.

Hot Cocoa Cone Gifts

20 Dec

Hot Cocoa Cone Gifts


Last year, I had found and  bought some cute hot cocoa gifts for the staff at my older daughter’s school.  After buying them, I figured I could make them the next year….as if I’m not busy enough with everything I do!  But, I did find time to make them, and they turned out pretty well!  Not professional by any means, but still made with love!

What you need:

12-inch cake decorating bags (I bought Wilton disposable bags, which do have their label on the bag, but I turned it towards the back)
Cocoa mix (I bought 2 large cans of Swiss Miss)
Plastic wrap
Candy Canes
Large Dining Spoons
Twist ties
Curling ribbon
Heat sealer (optional)
Stickers for decorating

How to make it:

Open bag and add cocoa.  For the Swiss Miss I bought, it is 3 tablespoons cocoa plus 8 ounces water for 1 serving of hot cocoa.  I put in enough for 4 servings, so 12 tablespoons, which is 3/4 cup.

Put a handful of marshmallows in a piece of plastic wrap and wrap into a ball.  Add at top of cocoa in the bag.

If desired, use a heat sealer to seal the top of the bag.  I used my FoodSaver for this.  If you don’t have a heat sealer, use a twist tie to gather the top and put it on tight.  After heat sealing, I did still use a twist tie to gather the top and keep it together.

Next, use curling ribbon to tie a spoon and candy cane to the top.  This also adds some decoration.

Use stickers to decorate and add a label with the instructions for the servings.  Mine said “Mix 3 Tbsp cocoa mix with 8 oz hot water.  Makes approx 4 servings hot cocoa.”

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