When it comes to teacher gift ideas, I am always at a loss. One more thing always seems like one more thing, and what if I do give gift cards and they don’t like coffee or (GASP!) shopping at all? To solve this dilemma this year, I came up with a classroom idea- perfect for kids who are in preschool or kindergarten, as kids often spill/overuse/eat school supplies and thus, teachers spend more out-of-pocket to replenish their supplies all year.
If you have nail polish and a few mugs to spare, you can easily make some great mugs (which double as pencil holders) for your child’s teacher(s). Add in about $10 in art supplies to start the year off right for your classroom.
You can follow the video for the full tutorial, or follow these steps:
You will need:
* Medium Container
* Rubbing alcohol
* Nail Polish (2-5 colors)
1. Fill a medium container with water.
2. Clean your mugs with rubbing alcohol and let dry.
3. Spill your nail polish in over the water. Don’t pour from too high, or it will splash on you! You can add as many colors as you like- I tend to stay 5 and under.
4. Slowly dip your mug in, holding the handle. Don’t worry if some gets on the inside- you can wipe it out with nail polish remover and alcohol before it totally dries.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all of your mugs are done.
6. Let dry, pack up and gift as desired.
20 Classroom Ideas:
If you’re looking for items that your child’s classroom probably needs, check out this list:
- Paper towels… in bulk, tissues
- Ziploc Bags
- Lysol wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Latex-free bandaids
- Paint Trays
- Construction paper
- Glue sticks
- Paint brushes
- Printer paper
- Cotton balls
- Wax paper
- Your time!
Do you give one in the beginning of the year? The end of the year? Both? I would love to hear what other parents are doing this year! Share in the comments, and be on the lookout next week for the 3 things your child needs to start school!