Quick + Easy Holiday Teacher Gift
I can’t speak for everyone else, but over the last few days, my social media feeds have suddenly been flooded with posts promising nothing but the best Christmas gifts for teachers. Ever since Thanksgiving passed, the kids are counting down the days until winter break. I have to admit that shopping for #thebigone’s teacher is one thing I hoped to cross off my to-do list as early as possible. The other night I sat down and put together a gift I hope she will like. I wanted to share it, in case anyone else is heading out this weekend with holiday shopping lists in hand!
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a teacher gift that caffeinates
I volunteer at #thebigone’s school one or two mornings a month. Generally, I help with literacy activities as the kids rotate through centers. I’m not there long, never more than 2 hours at a time, but oh my goodness! Do I ever need another cup of coffee after I say goodbye to all those first graders. [This is not an exaggeration. I leave #thelittleone with my mom whenever I volunteer. Every single time I walk out the door I ask, “Do I have enough time to go grab a coffee after?” Thankfully, she always says yes.] Those kiddos can TALK. They’ve got stories on every topic. They definitely aren’t shy about sharing those tales with whatever parent happens to be sitting at the writing table that day. After trying to keep them on task and listening to lots of tales, caffeine is definitely a necessity for me. And it made me wonder ‘Wow, just how much coffee does his teacher drink every day?!’
Ok, let’s be honest here… Pretty sure my kid’s the reason you need caffeine. So, next cup’s on us. Happy Holidays!
print + assemble teacher gift
And so my latest printable came to be… I mean, #thebigone is at least half the reason I need caffeine, so I am sure he contributes to that need in others as well. Although I intend to give these gifts for the winter holidays this year, I didn’t want them to be too Christmassy. I’m not positive what sort of religious affiliations the bus driver has, for example, so I decided to keep the theme pretty neutral. If your child has a scout leader, teacher, babysitter, coach, physical therapist, tutor, or any other caregiver who gets by with a little help from tea or coffee, this is a great choice for them. The presents come together super quickly, and require almost nothing in terms of art supplies, making them perfect for last minute mamas (a.k.a. myself 99% of the time).
First I grabbed some reusable coffee cups. I chose Starbucks ones because they were inexpensive and simple, but any kind is fine, as long as they do not have handles. I printed my downloadable coffee cup wraps (scroll all the way down to get yours!). Next I chose some decorative scrapbook paper for the lower layer of the cup wrap. (Pretty fabrics, colored construction paper, etc. would also work great for the lower layer, so don’t feel like you need to run out just for this!) I used the printable template to trace and cut out the lower layer. Next I used some scrapbook adhesive to secure both the lower & top wraps around the mugs. I threw some shredded gift filler into the cups. Then I added a gift card for the coffee shop, and secured some tags as well.
As we head into one of the busiest months of the year, I’m relieved to have our gifts for #thebigone’s teacher & busdriver, and #thelittleone’s physical therapist completely ready to go. Grab your free printables below and cross a few things off your holiday to-do list this weekend!
What are your go-to gift ideas for sitters, teachers, coaches, and the many other adults who help enrich your kids lives? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!