With just a few weeks of school before break, Room Moms are working on clever teacher gift ideas for Christmas. The good news is you’ve got the weekend to pull things together before the class party chaos begins and with a just a bit of effort you can find just the right gift. We’ve got some inspiration on our Organized Teacher Finds Pinterest Board but before you get started, check out my tips about how Room Moms can best handle teacher gifts at Christmas.
Many schools have clear guidelines about teacher gifting. Look for gift card amount or cash value limits ($25 is not uncommon) as well as stipulations that may prevent you from taking a class collection. Often holiday gifts are left to individual decisions as well as schools clearly outlining that cash donations cannot be requested.
PTAs will often have a Room Mom Committee Chair. If so, there’s a great chance she has gathered teacher information sheets that will guide you to make choices that your teacher will totally love. You’ll find all kinds of great information like favorite candy, favorite stores, even information about their alma-mater and birthday.
The average teacher spends upwards of $1,000 annually of their own resources towards their classroom. I’ve yet to meet a teacher who doesn’t welcome classroom supplies and other items they surely need replenished by mid-year.
For the teacher who clearly loves all things crafts, break out your inner Martha Stewart and bring on the clever. Personalize, handmade, homemade and more, when you are blessed with the teacher who truly loves her students and their creative selves, its always the best choice.
Here are a few great (and easy) ideas from Spoonful.com along with one straight from the Golds too!
On a whim last year I made these ornaments with as few steps as possible ~ its how I roll!
Supplies: Ornaments already covered in glitter, satin ribbon, glitter glue
Make It: Set the ornament on its side inside a glass and decorate with glitter glue pen. Once dray flip over to decorate the other side. When completely dry on both sides slide satin ribbon through the top and tie a fabulous bow.
Beaded Candle Jars
While melting and pouring wax is best left to adults, the creative parts of this candle-making project (choosing the perfect crayon to color the wax and decorating the glass holder with beads) are meant for kids.
Supplies:Large saucepan, Metal canning jar, lid rim, Coffee can, Paraffin wax, Crayons, Paint stirrer, Candlesticks (one for each jar), Thick widemouth glass jars, Metal tongs, Plastic beads, Tacky glue
Make It: Set up a double boiler to melt the paraffin. Fill the bottom of the saucepan with 4 to 5 inches of water and drop in the canning jar lid rim.
Then pack chunks of paraffin into the coffee can, setting it on the jar rim so that it doesn’t directly touch the bottom of the pot. Melt the wax over medium-high heat, carefully adding more chunks until the can is about two-thirds filled.
To color the melted wax, break half of a peeled crayon into pieces. Add them to the wax and slowly mix with a paint stirrer, then turn off the heat and let the paraffin cool for about 10 minutes (this will help minimize shrinkage when the wax hardens). Using a sharp knife, cut the candlesticks 1/2 inch shorter than the jar heights (adults only).
Now, heat the jars by running warm water on the outsides but not the insides (this will help prevent cracking when you pour in the hot wax). With metal tongs, dip the bottom of each candlestick into the melted wax and stick it to the inner jar bottom.
When the candlestick ends have hardened enough to hold, carefully pour enough wax into the jars to cover the candlestick tops but not the wicks. Once the candles cool completely, your kids can glue beads to the outside of the jar, arranging them in a border around the rim, perhaps, or creating a multicolor pattern all the way around.
Printed Memo Blocks
This gift is super simple to make if you start with a cube of precut memo sheets. Still, if you have a paper cutter available, this project is perfect for using up a stack of old scrap paper.
Supplies: Colored duct tape, Scissors, Memo cube pad, memo filler sheets or scrap paper cut into small squares, Ink stamps or Foamies craft foam, plastic bottle caps and double-sided tape, Ink pad
Make It: Cut a strip of duct tape that measures 2 inches longer than the height of the stack of paper you plan to use (it should be 1 1/2 inches or more). Lay the tape sticky side up on a table.
Grasp the stack and tap the sides against a flat surface as you would to straighten a deck of cards, then hold it on its end and press one edge down onto the center of the tape. Wrap the tape ends over the top and bottom of the stack, pressing down firmly to bind the paper. Use more tape to cover the edge, if needed.
Now, lift the top sheet of paper and cut the tape just above the second sheet so that the binding is flush with the top of the pad. If you don’t already have an ink stamp, cut a fun shape from Foamies craft foam and use double-sided tape to stick it onto a bottle cap. Then use the stamp and an ink pad to print a design on the three untaped sides of the block.
I hope these ideas encourage you to get your holiday craft on as you choose your favorite teacher gift ideas for Christmas this weekend. Tell me…
What are you planning to give your child’s teacher this year?
Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!
Disclosure: Special thanks to spoonful.com for providing such great inspiration at this special time of year. This post is not sponsored, just full of all kinds of creative awesome.