Teacher Appreciation Gift Extravaganza

My kids only have 2 more weeks of school.

Summer is RAPIDLY approaching.  This year went by crazy fast!

I enjoy looking around the blogosphere to see what special teacher gift ideas are circulating.

I chose some of my favorite teacher gifts I found to share with you today:

Baskets, Pots & Bag

Top LeftSummer In A Basket Created by the talented Dandee.  She included a Fizze Drink, cute paper straw, Essie Nail Polish, gift card & snack.  It’s all placed in a cute basket with a simple chalkboard tag with the teacher’s name on it.

Middle Left – Simple red bucket you can find at the dollar store filled with unfrozen Popsicle and a cute tag tied with ribbon.  Created by creative gals at Eighteen25 but you can find the FREE printable tag here.

Bottom Left – Mariah {pretty name} from Giggles Galore shared her Thanks For Helping Me Grow.  This would take a little more time, but still would not be very expensive.  I love the chalk board paint making it simple to personalize the bottom of the pot and the cute way she painted the top to look like a ruler.  Add some flowers and what a special gift.  She added a store gift card, but not necessary.

Bottom MiddleGift From The Whole Class is the title Family Fun uses for this gift.  Here is another cute way to express your appreciation using a flower pot and making your own pocket flowers and filling them with store gift cards.  It looks like they used the seed packet wire holders to make the stems…great idea and so adorable!

Bottom RightMartha Stewart reminds us how easy it is to monogram a cute tote bag.  Use fusible iron on tape to adhere the fabric letter.

Top RightABC Basket was created by Fairy Tales & Fun.  This is a great idea to involve all the students in the class to pitch in.  Assign a letter of the alphabet to each child.  Ask them to bring something for the basket that begins with that letter.  She made cute labels and attached them to the items.  Again, you could find a super cute tub or basket to place the items in to make a wow impact.

Thirst Quenchers: Tumblers & Pop

Top – Pro-Crafter Lisa Storms shares this refreshingly unique gift.  Add some lemonade packets to some cute Tumblers and top it off with her FREE adorable straw tags.

Bottom LeftBeth-A-Palooza calls this Pop! Pop! Fizz! Fizz! Adorable tag made out of an apple die-cut added to a bottle of Pop.  Simple but sure to leave an impression.

Bottom RightThe Irresistibly Chic Shop over at Etsy is selling these Custom Teacher Tumblers.  If you want to make your own, it would be super easy to do.  I did this for a birthday gift recently.  Add your teachers name with some sticker letters to make a customized tumbler your teacher will use over and over.

Small But Sweet

TopFamily Fun always has super ideas and has named this one Clap Happy.  I like how you can involve your child in the gift giving process.  Trace their hands, cut them out and adhere them to a bottle of lotion or sunscreen.  Have your child write the sweet message on the hand.  The hearts add a sweet sentiment but not necessary if you are short on time.

Bottom Left – Lori from A Place Called Joy included this sweet and simple “Mint” teacher appreciation gift in her post.  Grab a tin of mints, wrap with paper and add a cute tag saying: “You were MINT to teach”  Just precious!

Bottom Right – Happy to find the brilliant Domesticated Lady with her Smore Teacher Appreciation Gift.  Great little gift bag including all the necessary ingredients to make a Smore.  The cute tag makes the gift saying: “We need SMORE teachers like you!”  Better yet, you can print the tag out for FREE!  Talk about a speedy gift sure to satisfy your teachers sweet tooth!

I’m a huge advocate in showering our teachers with gifts.  Teachers are under paid and under recognized.  I believe giving a small gesture of our appreciation  goes a long way.  Click on the words/links highlighted in red to see more information about the gift.

You can see what we have given our teachers previously {more ideas} by clicking here.

What are you giving your kid’s teachers to show your appreciation?


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My Living Room {Roomspiration}

We have an octagon shaped living room.  Above is our ceiling.

Below is what it looks like when you walk into the living room from the entry way. The middle photo in this collage is what it looks like when you look to the left of the living room.  Bottom photo is what it looks like when you look to the right.

Okay, I’m still trying figure out if I like the drapes I made before making another one.  That is why you only see one drape hanging.  {Feel free to put your two cents in about them ;)}

The Nester from the Nesting Place {who I met at Blissdom in January!} was gracious enough to suggest placing a circular rug underneath the ottoman to help tie the room together.  I found this one at Target.

Gallery Wall ~ Thinking about painting all the frames, keys & W white…what do you think?

I was ecstatic to find this leather sectional.  It fits perfectly into our Octagonal shaped room!

We needed another end table to go between the very comfortable reclining lounger and the sofa.  I found this trunk I had bought at Hobby Lobby a few years back, added the books and viola, it’s at lamp level!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE denim!  I love to wear it, but I also like to decorate with it.  I used some old jeans of my Son’s to cover this cork board {used hot glue gun.}  Then I was able to use all those photo buttons to pin in a circular fashion.

I also tore strips from the very same pair of jeans to weave through this old shelf off a laundry sorter we don’t use anymore.  I cut strips of burlap fabric and weaved them through as well.  I am so glad I saved that shelf.  I knew I could find something to make out of it. 😀

See those circles in the back, well those are some of my place mats.  Yep!

Above left: We had our builder build our entertainment center.  The cube/shelf can come out if need be.  This way we can get to all the cords.  I also love how we can slide the doors into the cabinet when we are using our remote controls while watching TV.  When company comes over, I shut the doors.  Above right: we had the builder build a small ledge to hide our cords from showing.  It just sits on top of the cabinet so we can remove it entirely.

Several years ago we went on a cruise and I brought back some of the sand from the beaches.  I have enjoyed displaying these little bottles of sand all over my home.  The beach is my most favorite place to be!

Can you tell I love baskets?!  And one more of our ceiling.  And yes, I like lots of LIGHT, both natural and electric.

One last photo of the ceiling.

I hope you have enjoyed visiting our living room today.  Please hop on over to View Along the Way and link your living room up today! {It doesn’t have to be done today, it can be a post you have already featured in the past.}


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