Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and it’s Teacher Appreciation Week (personally, I think both groups deserve a whole Month, but that’s for another day….)
Here are a few easy and thrifty gift ideas that put a little twist on old favorites.
1. A Then/Now Picture O.K….this one is mainly for mom. Find a cute pic of mom or mom and you from years past. Frame it next to a matching pic of you or the grandkids. I got an adorable picture of my husband as a little guy on a rocking horse, and I have it framed next to one of Henry at the same age on his own ride (o.k. it was the one at Sears, but it’s still cute).
2.A Plant She Can Use! Plants are tried and true gifts, but instead of going with another azalea, think about giving an easy to grow herb like rosemary, or a planter full of lettuce starts. Your kids can decorate the planters if you want. Grab the Michaels or Joanns coupons from your Sunday paper if you’re feeling super thrifty.
3.Storage! Seriously, is there any mom or teacher who can’t use a cute basket to stash some stuff in? Feel free to put a little something in it if you want.
4. A letter O.K….this will sound corny, but a well written, sincere letter of thanks is always treasured by moms and teachers. I had the great privilege of teaching junior high school for ten years, and I still have every note and letter I received. The coffee mugs, lotions, and bubble baths are long gone. If your child has a teacher who has really gone over the top for him/her this year, consider writing it as a business letter and seeing that a copy gets to his/her principal.
5. Head to Michael’s! There are make and take craft events all week long. Most do require you purchase the supplies in store, but it shouldn’t run you too much, and hey-the mess will happen somewhere else, and it will still look like you went all homemade and creative. I totally won’t tell on you!
What else? Teachers tend to get really too many coffee mugs, hand lotions, homemade treat baskets, and dust collectors. If you really want to give a little something, go with hand sanitizers, baskets of good pencils and pens, gift certificates to school supply stores or favorite books for the class library. Personalized labels are also cute and can be made for almost nothing.
You know your mom better than I do, but I’m betting she’d love the gift of your time to help complete some tiresome chore. Just don’t hand over a coupon….instead, just show up an hour early and clean out the darn closet.
Now, I know there are probably a million super cute and crafty ideas for these occasions. If you have a favorite, feel free to share-really!