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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Teacher's Gift Idea for the Busy Room Mom

I am the room parent in Sarah's 4th grade class this year.  I wanted to come up with something cute for Sarah's teacher but I also wanted it to be something useful. (And I didn't have a lot of time to spend putting something together.)

I was an assistant preschool teacher for one year and  realized that year that gift cards are the way to a teacher's heart.  And I've spoken to lots of teachers on this and they all agree.

So I emailed all the parents in the class and told them my plan to make a gift card tree and asked that who ever wanted to participate to send in a gift card (of any amount) and I would take care of the rest.  I asked Sarah's teacher about some of her favorite stores and emailed that to the parents as well.

Sarah's class only has 17 kids in it and a few of them wanted to give their own gifts so they didn't participate in the tree.  (And that was okay.  I just presented the tree to the teacher as a gift from the entire class.)

All in all our little gift card tree had 13 gift cards on it to Barnes and Noble, Starbucks and Panera and the cards ranged in value from $5, $10, $15 and $25.

I think it turned out pretty cute:

(Although, one of the kids did ask me if it was a Charlie Brown Christmas tree!)

I got the tiny tree and the tiny ornament balls from Target.  I got the tiny clothes pins from Michael and I made the star out of construction paper and glued it to one of the clothes pins. 

It may be too late for you to use this idea this year but you can always pin it for next year.  And be on the lookout for sales on tiny trees right after Christmas.  I think I'm going to try to see if I can find one on sale for next year!


Billie Jo said...

As a former teacher, I say...You Are The Best!!!!

What an awesome, thoughtful gift...

And now mark that off your list...

Teacher gift? Check!

Mari said...

What a great idea!

Elise said...

This is so cute, Beth!

Anonymous said...

Wow..that is a brilliant idea for a teacher! Everyone loves gift cards and I bet those cards will be much loved and used! My husband is a teacher and he would have loved something like that (he teachers older kids though, so they don't usually give gifts).

Madeline said...

This is a great idea! I am putting it on the back burner for the future!

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a thoughtful room parent you are. I'd say those giftcards are a sweet and considerate gift.
Charlie Brown tree? nahhhhhh....its adorable!

TheRoznowskis said...

That is so cute, Beth!