My kids have been in school for decades it seems so there have been a lot of different types of gifts given to their teachers. I've given anything from gift cards to gift baskets, candies to lotions, but I've realized, that the biggest reactions came from gifts that were personalized and hand-made. I was walking down the school hallway to my child's teacher's class room and noticed in a previous teacher's classroom was the crayola art picture I made for her. I won't lie, that kind of tugged at my heart strings a bit seeing something I made 3 years ago hanging on the wall.
That got me thinking to the reaction that I got when I made a mug for another teacher with the classroom picture on one side and on the other side, it wrote, "Mrs. Allen, you are the best."
This year, I thought I would combine the two. Being the yearbook coordinator last year brought on a lot of photo ideas so my plan was to make classroom books for my kids' teachers this year for an end of the year memento. I went to the school and photographed all the kids. As I was editing pictures, I was playing around and came up with this:
I decided to make a cup, but of course, it didn't turn out as I had hoped the first go at it. I had to make a few modifications, like changing the orientation to landscape for one of them.
The result was a really adorable cup.
Next, I decided to wrap the gift and stick it in an insulated lunch bag with the teacher's initial embroidered on it. I had read a lot of teachers liking gifts that are created from their students, especially ornaments so off my kids went to create their own masterpiece.
It was the perfect gift tag. One side had a little piece of artwork, while the other side had their name.
Then I decided to frame the picture I created as well because I just simply loved the way it turned out. Hopefully, it will be a nice addition to the classroom ;)
I was planning on doing this for teacher appreciation week, but I've always been a little impatient and just couldn't wait so I'm gifting it as well.
For a finishing touch, on the back of the portrait, I printed a picture of my son with a little note.
Update: What's the reaction verdict? I got a handful of teary-eyed teachers and plenty of hugs. Hearing that I gave them the best gift they have ever received, made all the hours of editing worth it. That's the least I could do for all the hours they have given my kiddos, right? Now, I have to figure out how to top that for teacher appreciation week. I'm so out of ideas at the moment. Anyone make anything unique that you would like to share?