I have three kids and a total of 6 teachers to buy for at Christmastime. While I very much appreciate teachers, I can only afford so much. After searching Pinterest and talking to some teacher friends, I came up with a list of 5 practical gifts every teacher could use. Did I mention they all cost $5 or less? Cha-ching!
1. Message Board Picture Frame –
- Picture Frame with stand flap like this: $3.58 for 6×8
Dry Erase Marker (pack of four $4.32 = $1.08 each) Expo Low Odor Dry Erase Pen Style Markers, 4 Colored Markers (86674)
- Decorative Paper – Insert the paper where you would usually put the picture. To keep the cost down, use something you already have – tissue paper, wrapping paper, or just a piece of white paper with the Teacher’s Name across the top.
- Eraser Fabric – cut a piece of scrap fabric, or buy a $1 pair of kids holiday socks (Target $1 bin). One pair of socks = 2 erasers.
2. Lunch Coupon –
If you enjoying making food, gift your own coupon like this:
3. Rice Hot Pack –
These rice packs are perfect for sore muscles, cold weather or stress relief between classes. Click Here for tutorial.
4. Braided Scarf –
No crocheting or knitting! If you can braid, you can make this scarf. Click Here to see tutorial.
- All you need is…. yarn. I made a scarf in 10 minutes! A good chunky kind like this works best. Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn (28200) Emerald By The Each
5. WaWa gift card –
(If you don’t live in the Northeast, you might have no idea what “WaWa” is, and I’m sorry you don’t have the pleasure of knowing the joy of a local WaWa.)
Start a “Classroom Collection Gift”. If there are 25 kids in the class and everyone donates $5, thats a $125 giftcard. I think that’s a pretty nice classroom gift. My teacher friends have said it’s great because it can be used for food, coffee or gas. Win win!