Good morning. :) I am making gift lists and thinking about putting up the Christmas decor, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite small gift ideas from the past few years as well as some favorite new finds. These are all perfect for teachers, neighbors, or anyone who receives something small and meaningful from your family during the holidays.
1. Movie Night - I gave Noah's 1st grade teachers a Christmas tin with a new movie, a fleece blanket, two boxes of movie candy, and a bag of popcorn. I got everything at Walmart and Target, total less than $20. If you watch the sales, especially around Thanksgiving, you can get movies for $5. The blankets always go on sale, too.
2. Christmas CD - One year I gathered some of our favorite Christmas songs from Itunes and burned them onto CDs. I created the CD label using a program that came with the blank labels. Everyone loved them! Note: This is perfectly legal to do if you do it from Itunes. You have a set number of "burns" you can do of each song, so just don't go over your limit. I think each CD cost around $2.00 total. Noah drew the Christmas tree and I scanned it and added it to the CD label artwork with the label program. Also, I had him record, "Merry Christmas from the Stewart family!" via the microphone on my computer and I saved that as a sound file and put it as the first track on each CD. So sweet to hear his little voice on there now. :) I still get comments from friends and teachers that they still listen to the CD each year.
3. Coffee Cuffs - My friend Jaime has a sweet little Etsy shop and she sells these really cute coffee cuffs. I have ordered some from her to give to Noah's teachers this year. How cute and original are these?? You can customize the colors of the cuff, monster, and hearts. She also sells them with flowers and other designs on them. I am on a mission to give lots of handmade gifts this year, whether they be from my hands or someone else's. :)
4. Starbucks - Who doesn't love a Starbucks gift card? However....make it interesting. Instead of putting the card in an envelope or gift card holder, ask for an empty red cup! Put the card inside and tie a pretty, wide (wired) ribbon around the cup. (wired ribbon will keep its shape better) If you want to add some extras inside, how about a little shaker of red sugar, cocoa, or cinnamon?
What are your favorite ideas for teacher/neighbor/little gifts? Would love to hear them. :) I hope you have a wonderful weekend!