Thursday, August 11, 2011

{teacher gift ideas}

 I love sending a little something for the teacher on the first day of school, and I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite ideas.

{an apple for the teacher}

Yummy caramel apples are always a huge hit! My kids love to decorate the apple for their teacher, and while they're not perfect, they're totally charming. 

It doesn't have to be covered in caramel to be cute though--place a stick in an apple, and add your tag.  SO cute! What about a whole bag of apples?


 {"mint" to be}

Andes Mints are my son's favorite candy, and they were the inspiration behind this yummy idea.I put them in a Crystal Light container--which I LOVE.  The wrapping isn't sticky at all, so it's SUPER easy to take off.  It's a great size for all sorts of things--start saving them, they'll be perfect around Christmastime too!!


{hot fudge}

 I made hot fudge last year, and I loved it so much I wanted to share it again, along with a printable.  Click HERE for the original post, and delicious recipe!



When I made jam a few weeks ago, I went ahead and made a printable that makes it perfect for giving to teachers!



To download the printables, click HERE.

*there are two hot fudge printables--one is 2x2, meant for circle tags, the other is 2x4 to use as a label as shown in the picture above. 

I sized the images to a little less than 2 inches in a Word document, the printed them out on Bazzill cardstock.  I used a 2 inch circle punch to cut them out, then distressed the edges with Distress Ink (vintage photo).  I used my Silhouette to cut out scalloped circles (2.8 inches) to mat the circles.  I punched a hole in the top and used ribbon and fabric strips (apple) to tie the tag on.

mint fonts:  century gothic, monster paparazi, gentle redhead
hot fudge fonts:  too much paper, century gothic, ma sexy
apple fonts: waterfalls, gentle redhead


School days are {almost} here! 



  1. I am a fourth grade teacher, and last year at Christmas, I did a post about teacher gifts. We get a lot of knick knacks and junk. Sigh.

    BUT...beginning of the year gifts are a real treat. I usually get one or two, and these would be a delight to receive!

    At the holidays to avoid trinkets, we do a class service project and I ask the families to give to that. My families are very supportive!

  2. These are all so cute! I love the last one the best. We made strawberry jam this year too and this would be a perfect gift for my boys teachers at some point this year!

  3. I'm snagging the Mint one to do for my kids' teachers. Tomorrow (Friday) is our 3rd day of school, the end of the first week and this will be a great way to finish off the start of the school year!
    And I second Ellen's comments about no trinkets. As a former teacher myself, I never knew what to do with those things!

  4. I love Andes too. Funny thing is we made crystal light the other day and I thought to myself...we should keep these...I'm sure we could do something with them! Ha. Now I know what it is!

  5. What cute ideas!! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Great ideas! I love the "You are mint to be my teacher" idea!

  8. Wow! All of your ideas are amazing! You inspire me!

  9. I love your ideas but I printed out the printables twice and both times the MINT one got cut off, only giving me half, and that's the one I wanted, for tomorrow. Oh well. SO cute anyway!!

  10. Kierste, you have me so excited for this fun series! Those apples for the teacher are SO dang cute! I just featured them on my blog today with my Wowzers. Thanks for inspiring!!

  11. What sweet ideas! My favorite is the Andes mints :)

  12. I featured your "mint" teacher gift on my blog! I would love for you to come check it out and grab a featured button!

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  14. These are SUCH cute ideas! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the printables. My kids are going to love having a cute gift for their teachers on back-to-school night.


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