For this week’s posts, we are dedicating all content to DIY gifts. We focused on the hostess with the mostest first, but now it’s time to give some love to all of the amazing teachers in our lives.
Throughout the week, our children will most likely see their teachers for more hours in the day than they see us. How is it even possible to show our appreciation that adequately sums our immense gratitude? Again, the homemade touch is the way to go! Coupled with useful or consumable store-bought products, when you hand over these gifts you will be the favorite parent for sure.
A go-to for our family has been the gift of “Mistle Toes”, especially since we have only had female teachers thus far. This gift acknowledges the hard work teachers put in on a daily basis, and lets them know they deserve some relaxation and spoiling!
Start with a base of fuzzy slippers. Add in some pretty nail polish, nail file and a small bag of chocolates. The DIY part comes in with a deliciously indulgent sugar scrub. For an extra special touch, include a gift certificate to a local spa for a manicure or pedicure.
How to make sugar scrub:
What You Will Need:
- 1/2 cup of Coconut Oil
- 1 cup of sugar
- 5-10 drops of an essential oil (I found mine in the beauty section of target, and choose orange as it is universally appealing)
- Mason jar with lid
How to Assemble:
In a large bowl, mix together the oil and sugar. It may be necessary to microwave the oil for a few seconds to get a consistency that is easy to stir. Once combined, add 5-10 drops of essential oil. Funnel in to a mason jar, secure lid, and wrap with a pretty ribbon. Include a handwritten tag, or use cute stick on chalkboard stickers to label what they are receiving.
Tip: for the holidays a peppermint scent would be great, and everyone seems to always love lavender.
Another quick, but sure to be appreciated gift would be homemade hot chocolate mix. This is so much more delicious than the store-bought stuff, and housed again in a pretty jar it makes the recipient feel beyond special. I paired with The Makery KC’s very own “because kids” mug, because obviously.
What You Will Need:
- 2 1/2 cups of dry powdered milk
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder (Ghirardelli is a fave)
- 1 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup of powder coffee creamer (the original is better than the fat free)
- 1 tsp of corn starch
How to Assemble:
Whisk all ingredients in a large bowl and then funnel in to separate jars. Secure with a lid and wrap with a pretty ribbon. Include a tag detailing how much water or milk is needed to enjoy this delicious treat. For an extra special touch, on the back side of the tag write “Thankful for a sweet teacher like you!”
To prepare, fill mug with hot water or milk. Stir in 1/4 cup of mix and top with marshmallows. Yummy!
I know what you are thinking, teachers have received 158 mugs throughout the years…but I am betting none are as funny or true as this one! Bundle all of this deliciousness together, and include some mini marshmallows and a Starbucks gift card so he or she can run through the drive-thru once back from Christmas break. They will need it to deal with our Christmas spoiled little ones!
Our last idea is to DIY a beautiful and personalized ornament. Bonus because this is something your child can help create! This takes little time, minimal effort and is something the teacher can display in her home or classroom for years to come. Bundle with a gift card to a great local restaurant, and you have a functional and beautiful gift anyone would appreciate!
How to make ornament:
Glass ornaments always feel a little more special, so if possible try to seek out a clear one from your local craft or hobby store. Pick out a beautiful color of acrylic paint, a matching ribbon and any other accessories you can use to wow him or her!
For the first ornament, we used a pretty blue color and added gold leafing. It turned out resembling a globe, which is oh-so-appropriate for an educator!
The first step is to remove the metal top of the ornament and put to the side. You will put this back on once ornament is complete. For a solid paint look like we achieved, simply squeeze a small amount inside and shake like crazy until all glass is covered. Pour out any excess on to a paper plate and dispose. For the gold leafing, we purchased a small kit from the craft store and simply followed the directions. Placing on only the bottom 1/3 of the ornament, this beauty looks like it was purchased from a high-end modern store. Replace metal top and tie on a beautiful ribbon or twine to complete.
Tip: for a glittery goodness ornament, pour a small amount of floor polish in another ornament and swish until all surface is covered. Pour out any excess. Funnel in a small amount of glitter and again shake like crazy. Replace metal top and tie on a ribbon.
The black ornament was constructed in the exact same way with black glitter. This one, however, excluded the gold leaf, and instead a chalk pen was used to hand letter “Noel” on the side. Would be great to personalize with teacher’s last name! Spray with a poly spray paint at the end to secure writing and discourage smudging.
Tip: these ornaments also make great hostess and neighbor gifts as well!