trendy teacher gift {on a budget}

Last week was teacher appreciation week.  It's a week where students honor their teachers by bringing them a special gift or sentiment each day of school. In our case 4 kids = 4 teachers.  That's 20 items in a week.  I knew I had to be clever about this while still honoring our teachers with well deserved thanks.   

One of the days I made the teachers a carry all "goody packet" with special snacks for their workday. Here are two of our packages.




- one izzie soda

- one box of godiva chocolates

- one orange pack of sugar free gum

- one set of straws

- one pack of microwave popcorn [placed in the back]

- one free download invite [from here] that I turned into a label

- shredded paper for fluff



This was for my second grader's teacher – we knew her favorite color was yellow so we planned accordingly.  A set of yellow cocktail napkins were a cute addition in the mix.  Hello, Marshall's. 


The great thing about these gifts are the color and creativity you can have with filling them.  The kids have fun helping and styling.  Also it's totally "green" because you're reusing those sassy izze crates, which have a great graphic quality about them.  Plus they're sturdy and can hold a lot.  If you're like me, putting together these little gifts are a brilliant alternative to accidentally burning a tray of cookies.   

I probably could have done better with my aesthetics, but hey it was 7:00 in the morning. 


To create TWO teacher carry all goody packets, you'll need:

- 1 box of colorful straws [divided up for each package]. I used these IKEA packs – great color!


- 2 cases of izze soda.  I have a slight obsession with izze based upon their good looks and lack of high fructose corn syrup.  


- 1 box of microwave popcorn 

- personalized goodies [this is where you can have all kinds of fun – one of our treats that week included JCrew necklaces]

- ribbon or rafia for binding the straws

- FREE download invitation which can be translated into a large label.  Right here.  I just printed and folded my label to hang on the crate.  Easy!

Just divide up your goodies and have fun with it!

By Seleta | 33 Comments

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  1. 1
    Lori May 18, 2010

    Great ideas as always Seleta!! Thanks.

  2. 2
    susan anneheim mitchell May 18, 2010

    Creative and well thought out thoughtful gifts!

  3. 3
    lizziefitz May 18, 2010

    So delightful ! Thanks for sharing.

  4. 4
    jess May 18, 2010

    So cute! Very creative gift

  5. 5
    donna B May 18, 2010

    as a teacher I can easily say this gift would get an “A”–great job!

  6. 6
    Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss May 18, 2010

    What a great gift idea! So thoughtful and creative!

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    katy May 18, 2010

    love this idea. i have an obsession with marshalls/homegoods napkins (it ties in with my fabric obsession;)) and often give them as hostess gifts! i never thought to give them to the kid’s teachers. thanks for sharing!

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    ccn May 18, 2010

    you are brilliant – a few key ingredients and you’ve got a really cool gift! excellent!

  9. 9
    Jennifer May 18, 2010

    very cute and creative! never would have known it was 7 am :)

  10. 10 May 18, 2010

    I love when you show ideas like this, as I am not very creative! I will be copying this for a fun end of school thank you gift. You are the best! Keep the great ideas coming…please:)

  11. 11
    Karena May 18, 2010

    Seleta, this is an adorable gift! You are sooo creative!
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    Art by Karena

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    Esther Harper May 18, 2010

    Seleta, you rock !!! love the idea, if I only had small kids again ;) I also love Izze and I can only find it in cans at Target, I don’t like the cans :( where are you finding them in the bottles?? remember I live in CA.

  13. 13
    Jenn May 18, 2010

    Izze is just fantastic. I used the cans at Christmas. My kids both have about 5 teachers, so I had to get creative without spending a bundle. I tied a red ribbon around the green can (fantastic green). Then I glued a clear, small cello bag with chololates to the can. The glue spot was covered by the ribbon with its large bow. Added a cute “Happy Holidays” label, with love from us, and sent them off to school. Easy transport, easy love. But you’ve got my wheels spinning with this new one! Thanks!

  14. 14
    Kate May 18, 2010

    I <3 Izze! Cute baskets. They sell the bottles at Whole Foods & Starbucks (among other places).

  15. 15
    KellyO May 18, 2010

    Those baskets are adorable! I do have a question – is this just one day’s gift or was this gift for the week? I cannot possibly imagine 20 gifts in one week, wow!

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    pretty pink tulips May 18, 2010

    Could this be more adorable?! I’m a huge Izze fan — and straws — i think everything sips better through a straw. Great teacher gift!!

  17. 17
    paula May 18, 2010

    great idea! we were at rosemary for that week but needed an idea for end of the year gift. this is great!

  18. 18
    Stephanie May 18, 2010

    what a cute idea- would love to hear about your other teacher appreciation gifts & possible end of school year gifts. i have 8 teachers/therapists to shop for so would love any ideas you have!!!!

  19. Such a great idea, I love it! I’m sure the teachers would be thrilled to receive one of these delightful packages!

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    Anonymous May 18, 2010

    Thanks for the good grade!
    This example was one of two gifts I did for the week. The other gifts were flowers and sweet notes from the children.
    I will see if I can come up with some more inspiring ideas. Truth be known, I am a spontaneous shopper. Need to work on better planning!

  21. 21
    jbhat May 18, 2010

    I haven’t read all the comments, but I bet I will not be ther first person to say that I am so copying this idea. So clever. Good for you! And so nice for the teachers.

  22. 22
    Laurie May 18, 2010

    Oh my gosh, you are so talented and i love all your attention to detail!!! So clever!

  23. 23
    rustic rooster interiors May 18, 2010

    Oh my… I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that idea!!! It’s so cute & creative. Perfect gift idea!!!! I can’t wait to do something like that for my little ones pre-school teachers. I love showering them with gifts & love! Thanks for the “fab” Idea!

  24. 24
    emily May 18, 2010

    I think I’ll be using your idea for our teacher appreciation gift at the end of the year. Very unique and so fun to put together.

  25. 25
    Cheap Jordans May 19, 2010

    The new line is absolutely stunning! I have been so entertained by your blog, I didn’t even see the link to your things you do. Keep coming up with ideas. Thank you for sharing!

  26. 26
    yourstrulydear May 19, 2010

    wow. i wish i was a teacher to one of your kids!! such a great idea :]

  27. 27
    Hana May 19, 2010

    i am a teacher, now realizing how much i will spoil my future children’s teachers… you are the best!

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    traci zeller designs May 19, 2010

    Seleta, those are absolutely adorable!!!

  29. 29
    Kate May 24, 2010

    Such an adorable idea! Lucky teachers ;)

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    Alexis May 27, 2010

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU….I missed the boat on doing these for Teacher Appreciation Week but the end of the year gift is quickly approaching. I happen to know my son’s teacher’s favorite is black cherry Izzy!!!

  31. 31
    Grace May 28, 2010

    Clever idea – I love doing it around a colour theme.

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    LobotoME June 20, 2010

    love this idea!! ;)

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