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5 Holiday Teacher Gifts for Under $5

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 –

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      • 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:

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3. Rice Hot Pack –

These rice packs are perfect for sore muscles, cold weather or stress relief between classes.  Click Here for tutorial.

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4. Braided Scarf

No crocheting or knitting!  If you can braid, you can make this scarf.  Click Here to see tutorial.

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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!


If anyone else has $5 gift ideas, please share!!!  Thanks for reading 🙂

Cookie Sheet Message Board

Ah, the need for places to hang reminder notes and school papers.  I had some cork boards already and wanted something a little different, but it had to be thrifty too.  I saw this great idea on Pinterest and thought I would give it a try.  Turned out pretty good I think.  As always, the “How To” is below:



  • Cookie Sheet
  • Sand Paper
  • Spray Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue

Step By Step

  1. Clean cookie sheet and sand smooth.
  2. Apply several coats on spray paint to both sides of cookie sheet – allow time for each side to dry completely.
  3. Hot glue ribbon to the back of cookie sheet.
  4. Hang and enjoy!

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