For those of you who know me very well (and there are only like nine of you on the whole planet… “I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.”), you are well aware that I do not enjoy chatting on the phone. There are certainly exceptions, but I rarely spend my free time yakking it up. Yesterday was a unique day for me in that I called or was called by every single person in my family of origin (also known as “907 Chelsea Peeps”). It wasn’t even anybody’s birthday or a holiday or anything really special. I can’t tell you the last time that happened. Not that we need to stop the presses or anything. I’m just saying.
So in talking to everybody I got a crapload of new information… updates, ideas, stories, gossip. You know, the good stuff. Some of it was really good stuff too. Let me just say that in the game of OMG One-Up, my family will probably win. We’d come in second place at the very least. There’s some crazy stuff out there, people.
Anyway, Sister B called me in the middle of the day and mentioned that she was collecting money for some group teacher gifts and she had an idea for a nicer presentation than just handing over cash in an envelope. I was unaware that cash in an envelope was not nice, but apparently I don’t know anything. So I told her to write a post and I’d put it on my blog so anybody who reads it can copy her idea.
Or you can just give cash in an envelope. Seriously, I don’t see how that can be a bad thing.
End of the Year Gift Idea by Guest Writer, Sister B
It is that time of the year again…soccer banquets, religious education end of year parties, graduations, last day of school parties, ballet recitals, cub scouts graduation ceremonies…I don’t know about you but my wallet is empty! I am so thankful for the adults who help my children throughout the year in so many different ways, whether it be their coaches, teachers, school administrators, instructors or leaders. They work so hard, demonstrate incredible patience, foster a love of learning in so any ways, and I took on the coordination of the donation of funds towards a group gift.
I know from my teacher friends that gift cards are always the best because if they get another candle or apple-themed “#1 Teacher” mug they are going to literally scream. But I just didn’t want to put a big gift card in an envelope and call it a day. I wanted to take a few minutes and a little creativity to show those who have earned a year end gift that we appreciate all that they have done each and every day of this past year. I did not want to spend a lot of money because the majority of the funds should go towards the gift card for the individual who deserves the kudos!
I searched the internet and found this adorable phrase – “Thanks for helping us ‘grow’ this year!”
I was inspired to create a gift card holder with a flower theme. I found small baskets 2 for $1 at the local dollar store. Target had faux felt flowers in the $1 section and they were bright and colorful and cheery. I found gardening signs also in the $1 section at Target and made a sign on my computer with the clever phrase. I purchased a styrofoam cube from the dollar store, cut it in half and placed it in the bottom of the basket. Then, covered the styrofoam with shredded paper, inserted the faux flowers, stuck in the sign and voila! Instant end of the year gift card holder! Can’t wait to give these to my kids’ specialists, coaches and teachers and they can enjoy them for many years to come.
There are several other variations of this gift idea. You could purchase fresh flowers and just make the sign. You could buy a plant from Home Depot or Lowe’s. You could have your kids make homemade tissue paper flowers. The possibilities are endless. But with a little creativity, you can really show the teachers in your life your thanks for all of their time this past year. And your gift will stand out from the rest of the pile of gift cards in plain envelopes, guaranteed!