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« on: November 26, 2004 12:58:44 PM »

Help! I need some gift ideas for my teachers! I really wanted to give them something cool that they can maybe display or hang up. They're my favorite teachers so far so I wanted to give them something special. I pretty much broke, and I need to have enough money to make/buy gifts for my family, so it can't be too expensive! They both like Disney, and one likes the Wizard of Oz and James Dean. Thanks! Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2004 03:27:44 AM »

Why not give a package of blank cards that you can design yourself with images of their favorite things. You can pick up blank cards and envelopes pretty cheap.
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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2004 08:32:11 AM »

I like the idea of blank cards. Edible stuff (homemade cookies, chocolates, jam, or whatever) is good too --- basically, anything consumable is ideal. Books or bookstore gift certificates are good too...

Nearly every adult in my family (my parents, several aunts and uncles, even my grandmother) is a teacher. Between us, we've got enough apples and angels to decorate an entire city. And guess what? Almost all of that stuff is stashed away in closets and cupboards --- not displayed. It's the sort of stuff you feel bad getting rid of, because it's sweet and someone made an effort to give it to you, but it really, really doesn't go with the style of your house, so into the closet it goes.

That's why I'm big on gifts that can be used (I once gave a teacher a set of gardening tools) and/or consumed (food is great --- you enjoy it, but you don't have to store it indefinitely).

The situation's a little different if you've actually seen your teacher's house, and you know what colours and style they've used to decorate it. In that case, a throw cushion or a little wall-hanging or a framed, hand-calligraphed poem or something along those lines would be perfectly fine.

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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2004 12:46:33 AM »

This is a simple and cheap gift.  I get a box of ornaments, the one's that are shaped like apples, and a gold ink Sharpie.  On each apple, we write Happy Holidays (politically correct) and the year on one side, and 'To' and 'From' on the other.  Teachers love them, and they are a dated memory of your child.

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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2004 07:02:54 AM »

My college professor-of-the-semester is a reading and wildflowers enthusiast, so I'm making him the cornflower bookmark from denisecrochets.com. I think he'll like it....


Her dirty paws and furry coat,
She ran down the forest slope.
The forest of talking trees,
They used to sing about the birds and the bees.
The bees had declared a war,
The sky wasn't big enough for them all.
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2004 07:35:55 AM »

Both of my parents were teachers (now retired) & they amassed thousands of coffee mugs. Everybody seemed to have the same idea. My mom especially liked things that she could use for or at school: tote bags, cute post-it notes, colored pens, hand lotion, one of those little on the desk coffee warmers, drink mixes (spiced tea, hot chocolate)...well you get the idea. With food, think non-perishable things that don't have to be eaten immediately like the cookie mix or soup mix in a jar.

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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2004 07:58:49 AM »

I live in Ontario Canada and we have very serious educational funding issues.  My son in in sk and has a super special teacher.  Recently I was given the suggestion to give teachers school supplies..... they put alot of their own money each year into supplies for their classrooms....so for junior, elementry grades, constuction paper, markers.....or even a gift card to Staples or local stationary/craft store...so it's  a little less money out of their pockets,  And it doesn't collect dust or get regifted down the road.  Putting it in a special homade card with the childs pic,  that can be kept , using up less space, for her to look back on in later years.

For the high school, college teachers........ gift certificates, or bake goods sounds useful.

Or again a homemade card, with a special letter/poem just letting that teacher know how special and how much you feel they have impacted your life... with a great big huge Thank you.  I think this would mean so so more than a mug saying # 1 teacher,  even if they are number one,  because teacher's rock......

That's my two cents worth.....
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2004 02:14:01 PM »

Book marks, post-it notes, page-marker notes, and paper clips are great.

Can you sew?

Draw string, zippered, or velcro'd bags for gathering small things or pen/pencil type things are an idea.

Something like the three ring notebook pen and pencil/supplies holder is another.  Use a stiffer material for the back and bind its edges; close zig-zag, serge, double rolled hem, or bais tape are some methods.  Get a thinner, poly-cotton type for the front; bind the top edge.  Turn under the other three edges and lay over the backing material.  Stitch around along the outer edge and then in about 1/8th of an inch.  Then stitch lines to form pockets.  There are many possible variations on this that can be found in patterns for over the door shoe and thing holders to jewelry roll-ups for travel.

I'm sure each teacher has a favorite "marking pen" for marking papers or writing.  They have to pay for these out of their own pockets, and a pen of the type they use would probably be used.

With the advent of the computer and clip art, personalized stationary and note pad paper is most doable.  Put a clip art in the upper left corner of note pad paper and upper right of stationary.  Make 10-20 copies for stationary, add a blank sheet after each printed sheet if desired; put one tie horizontally around the copies with a legnth of satin ribbon ($.20-$.75/roll), raffita or string, or yarn.  If doing note paper, decide how many pieces you can get out of a sheet of paper, (I would draw cut lines), position your clip art that many times, make 10-20 copies, cut down your paper into note sheets.  Again, you can tie the note sheets.  And/or you might be able to find a freebie box from someone stocking shelves at a store (you only need one end to be of the "right" dimensions) or from a food product you use:  cut it down to form a note sheet box, cover or paint as needed (if it's plain white or manilla, I'ld leave it as is).

Do you have access to a digital camera or know someone who does?  In Landscape mode, use your Excel (grid lines on), Word (draw lines), or drawing program to make a pictured calendar; I'ld do it in black and white on regular printer paper.  Take pictures of school life or things in the surrounding community to use. You can put a small picture on the actual calendar page or, use a whole page on the back of the previous.   Or again, you can use clip art.  Use the same calendar sheets for all three teachers.  Put holes on the sides so that they can use them in a three ringed notbook, folder, bulletin board, or on their desk at home or work; if you have hole binders, put them on too. - If you want to get more elaborate, again in landscape mode, scale down your calendar sheets a bit and glue to contruction paper, using glue stick or rubber cement, to make the "top" of each month's calendar; put 3 ring binder holes at the bottom or right.  Use a second sheet of construction paper for the back of a pocket on the "bottom" half of each months' calendar; put 3 ring binder holes along the top of the paper.  Use 1/2 to 3/4 of a third sheet of construction paper to make a pocket; secure with staples.  Each month then is two sheets in the book.  (You could make a single sheet version in portrait mode with smaller calendar on the top and pocket on the bottom.)
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2004 02:30:11 PM »

As a teacher -to- be i only wish to have a student as thoughful.
How about marble magnets of the wizard and James Dean (find pictures off the net)  Then put them in a decorated Altoids tin or small decorated box.  The magnets came be used on the filing cabnets and the tin/box can be used to store paper clips.

The best thing is that it's totally personal and cheap too!
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2004 06:22:06 PM »

I know what my mom the teacher would want:  classroom supplies.  She spends a lot of her own money to outfit her classroom with things like scissors, paper, glue, colored pens, etc.  But this could get expensive fast.

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