In the past I have purchased a 10 dollar gift cards for the teachers and daycare workers who care for my children but this year I want to give very special gifts to my son’s teachers. They have been so amazing with my boy and have taken his special education needs seriously and respectfully. The only problem is that he has 1 teacher, 2 aids, a speech therapist and an occupational therapist!
That’s FIVE teacher gifts! Just for one of my kids! AH!
Then I start wanting to give something to the neighbors and the postman and my boss and the girl that is sweet at the gas station and every person I have ever known. So price becomes an issue.
So, I am a huge fan of homemade gifts (When I am not ruining them). There is just something about spending the time to create a gift that makes it more special. Of course, the added bonus is that my kids are learning to lovingly ( and messily) create gifts for others, too! So I've been scouring the internet for homemade gift ideas that are “The Triad” (Meaningful, useful and easy to make). Added bonus in making gifts with your kids is that if they get messed up you can be all "Isn't it so cute that they meade these themselves? D'awww!"
There are ideas in abundance over at a certain pining site. You can also find great ideas by searching sites like Etsy.com and then making the offerings yourself. I found five ideas this year that I loved and I thought it might be helpful to share them here. All of these ideas are easy and kid-friendly!
1. Christmas Potpourri: This is a great idea for when you need many gifts for many people. All you need is a bag/box of mandarins, a package of cinnamon sticks and a jar of cloves. Package them together with a recipe tag like this mama did here.
2. Paper Ornaments: There are millions of ways to make paper ornaments. They are beautiful and useful. Here is a great site with many different paper ornament ideas.
4. Gift Card Flower Pot: This is a perfect gift idea for multiple teachers! Your child can carry in just one homemade flower pot with gifts for all of his/her teachers inside. This is a time saver, for sure! You buy the gift cards and help your child make one special gift for all of his or her teachers!
Giving gifts is something I look forward to every Christmas. I love when someone opens a gift and the cheer spreads across their face. It’s seriously addicting for me. Like crack. It's the crack of Christmas. This is the time of year when everyone feels a bit more love. This is the time of year we have a special opportunity to show the people who care for our kids, bring our mail or give a neighborly wave that we appreciate everything they do for us. I wish I could make every single one of you a paper ornament for reading this lil' ol' blog of mine. Happy Holidays!
Are you making this year? What are your favorite homemade gifts?