Oh, I’m sure you’ve got it allllll under control this last week of school before the break. Cards mailed. Packages wrapped. House decorated. Shopping complete.
I’m just positive.
But, in the off-chance that you aren’t all ready to deck the halls, here’s hoping this quick and affordable teacher gift might save you some stress – and some bucks – as we enter the homestretch. You can certainly make this for neighbors, friends, co-workers or other folks you love.
First, you must shop at Trader Joe’s. I know. I ask the big things of people. Here’s my supply list:
- Your favorite TJ items (I chose Candy Cane Joe Joe’s and dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Total cost: $3.97)
- TJ stickers (free at checkout, just ask!)
- Ribbon and/or baker’s twine
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Hole punch
- Plastic bags
- Corner punch (optional)
- Prayer cards (Our children attend Catholic school, so we included these, but you might want to have your child include a handwritten note instead. Total cost: $1.50)
I had items 2-8 on hand already, but if you have sacks or different ribbon, I say make do with what you already have!
Print the “we wouldn’t trade you…” cards, cut and round corners (or leave as is!), then punch a hole in the top. You can get your very own set here and just have your kids sign their name at the bottom: Blank Teacher Christmas Gift Tags. (Please don’t make me hunt you down for selling these. They’re free and for your own personal use!)
Then, assemble the bags by adding the peanut butter cups and prayer card/handwritten note and tie the card on with baker’s twine.
Use the other ribbon to affix the bag to the Joe Joe’s box, tying it from top to bottom and then hide the tie with a TJ sticker. Voila. Finished!
Now, go drink some eggnog.