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Teacher Gifts 2014

December 19th, 2014 · 4 Comments


At first, I thought, “Oh no! A year without bags! What was I thinking?” I wasn’t sure I could walk into the school on the last day before Holiday Break without my bags. But I have to mix it up because boredom is the death of creativity. Sara’s teacher’s favorite color is purple. PURPLE. Wonderful, delicious purple. Moi aussi. I won’t detail for you the hours I spent imagining these designs in my head. They are so simple, I’m embarrassed to admit it took me a couple of months to gel on one idea.


The purple boxes were my favorite to make, but around the holidays, my black/charcoal grey/pearl/red combos are always such a hit. As parents passed me in the hallways, the standard Christmas colors caught the most attention. These pictures don’t do the red justice, as those black swirls are coated in black glitter. YES. You had me at “sparkly”.


Kelly designed this box, because she wanted something “contemporary” for one of her teachers (each child of mine has four, and I have fun trying to secretly discover what design and colors they might like). The “contemporary” teacher has a daughter just out of college which Sara and Kelly not-so-secretly worship (Hi Meredith!), so a part of me wonders if they didn’t design this box for her. The teals and hot pinks were a stretch, but I think they work.


The grouping of 8 boxes shows that while they are all very similar, they are also different. You might guess the brown was for a male teacher. I hope he liked it. Inside the boxes I tucked a box of mint chocolate penguin candies, my bark cookies, a bouquet of brightly colored felt tip pens, and a menu on parchment paper. I requested each teacher choose a meal and email me their meal of choice, and choice of days sometime between January and February. On that day, I will deliver their dinner to the fridge in the Teacher’s Lounge, giving them a night off from cooking. I hope they like it, because we certainly are enamored with their talents.

I just love putting together surprises for teachers. No one could be more cherished, considering how deeply they care for Sara and Kelly. Every year I think maybe I’ll give something more commercial, but I just can’t. My hands MUST make them something. I must pour my heart into it so I can can express gratitude in my own voice. It thrills me to make things because I’ve never been a coordinated person (don’t get me started on sports). I don’t even have strong fine motor coordination. But when my soul is in the game, my hands never fail me. It’s such a surprise every time my plans come together.

Please share any fun ideas you have for teachers gifts. I’m always on the prowl for exciting and original inspiration! Merry Christmas to ALL of our teachers everywhere. You are so, so loved by Mommas and children everywhere.


Tags: The Girls

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sarah K. // Dec 20, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Oh my goodness Lori!! These are beyond outstanding gifts. Don’t ever go commercial. These are so awesome. If I had a parent offer to make a meal one night for me, in addition craft a box with love and fill it with bark cookies and felt markers…..I might just cry on the spot with tears of joy. I’ve never received such a lovely teacher gift in 27 years. You can know that as much as those teachers touch your heart and the hearts/lives of your girls, you have also touched their hearts by showing your deep gratitude and by gifting them something so personal and special.

    Now, I wonder when my box from you will be arriving in the mail? I am sure it will be here soon! 😉 Should I go sit outside by my mailbox and wait?!!!!

    And, for other cool crafted gifts have you done the teacher clipboards? I use clipboards all the time and there are some really cool ways to create them.

  • 2 Angela // Dec 20, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Amazing..simply amazing. I know I have said it a thousand times..but you are more awesome and fabulous than I can put into words. Your creativity and ways have a way of warming a heart just from reading your words (always in your voice). Anyone would be thrilled to receive your personally designed creations. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR my friend!

  • 3 Elizabeth // Dec 22, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Wonderul gifts Lori! An inspiration! Would you mind sharing your menus? I may have to steal your idea, but need inspiration for make ahead meals.

  • 4 The Momma // Dec 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm


    I’ll do a post and link to the recipes. I blog so my ideas will be stolen!