Thursday, December 19, 2013

14 Great gifts for teachers, therapists, etc - ON A BUDGET!

When I sat down to write out my "who to buy for" list this season, the numbers were astounding. Then, I worked out some sort of a budget and the numbers didn't add up at all. It was slightly depressing and intimidating all at the same time. I stepped away from the commercialism that surrounds this holiday season, and I remembered it's not the amount of money you spend on a gift, but the thought that goes into them. I did spend a little money on Little Miss M's primary care doctor and her lead clinician -- but only about $15- $20 each -- and very personalized gifts. However, when I looked at the list  of teachers, therapists, and other professionals that impact my three girls, the number hovered close to 20 gifts. Even at $5 a person, that was still close to $100 more in my budget, and I just couldn't do that. I had to imagine that others felt the same way, so I posted the question on our Facebook Fanpage. I have provided the answers below, and I added some of my own.


Here's the list I came up with:

1. The Lottery Ticket

I attached a note or a Christmas card to a $1 scratch ticket that said: Thank you for taking a chance on my girls every day!


2. Seed Paper Ornaments

From Jennifer: Make seed paper and cut it in holiday shapes or create ornaments and include a note that says: Thank you for helping me grow! see how to make seed paper here


3. Pocket Hand Sanitizers

Also from Jennifer: Pocket Hand Sanitizers and add a personal note. Maybe your note could say: To keep you healthy and happy this holiday season!

. The Gift Card

Gift cards for coffee or books or anything focused on the teacher make great gifts. I always appreciated even a $5 card for coffee.


5. The Heartfelt Note

From Heather: A hand-written note from the parents about what you think of the teacher or therapist (nice things!) and how they've impacted your child, is a wonderful gift. Perhaps you can include a picture of your child or family or a drawing they have made to further personalize the gesture.


6. The Charitable Donation


We did this this year. Little Miss M was collecting toys for the local Children's Hospital, so we wrote all of our teachers and therapists a note saying we made a donation in their honor to her collection. We included a bag of homemade cookies and wrote the note on the back of our family Christmas Card with a simple homemade ornament.



7. The Homemade Ornament

I chose simple foam Christmas Trees from Target, along with foam stickers. The pack of 20 trees was originally $5 and the Box of stickers the same, but a Cartwheel coupon cut the prices in half. I had the girls decorate each tree, and then I punched a hole through the top  and tied a ribbon to make an ornament. 

8. The Sharpie Mug

From Sherri: The Sharpie Mugs that are all over Pinterest. You personalize a ceramic mug using Sharpies and bake them to make it super permanent. Directions to make a Sharpie Mug.

9. A Flower

From Rachel: A flower with a personal note that says: 
Thank you for all the ways you help my son to bloom.


10. The Reusable Tote

I ordered a back of 10 eco-friendly canvas reusable totes from Amazon for $12.50 and gave the girls fabric markers and crayons to create personalized shopping bags. 

11. The Candy Cane Sleigh

From Aunty Dale: A candy cane and chocolate sleigh. Directions Here

12. The Ready to Use Scrapbook

Also From Aunty Dale: An 8x8 Scrapbook with Christmas themed (or wedding for the teacher who is getting married or personalized for the person) all ready put in and stickers they can add. This is a great gift that allows the receiver to just add pictures.


13. Laminated Artwork

From Debra; Take pieces of artwork and use the lamination pouches and adhesive magnets to make unique and special keepsakes. 


14. Cinnamon Ornaments


From Gerene: Cinnamon Ornaments Directions Here

Do you have more great gifts to add? Please put them in the comments and we will add them to the list!



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Amanda wants everyone to know they are appreciated, but is trying to find creative and frugal ways to do so!

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