Teachers’ Day is drawing near again…I rounded up some inspirations from the web for parents who want to DIY something for the teachers. Mason jars are now sold islandwide (in Ikea, Typo, TOTTS, Paper Market, NTUC Finest etc.) so I’ve included quite a few fun gift ideas in jars too. Just click on the hyperlinked titles to bring you to the detail instructions of each gift. Let’s all take time to appreciate our teachers with these thoughtful gifts!
1. Ultra-moisturizing Lemon Coconut Sugar Scrub
Making your own bath scrub is the easiest thing – I can’t believe fancy store-bought ones cost so much. Basically, just mix equal parts Coconut Oil, ordinary Castor Sugar and your desired Essential Oil and viola! Since I have a tub of Coconut Oil from iHerb still untouched and a whole stash of Young Living Essential Oils at home, I am keen to try making this for Dana’s teachers.
Source: The Girl Inspired
2. Coconut Tangerine Sugar Scrub
This is another variation of the bath scrub which is equally easy to make (with just 3 ingredients – Coconut Oil, Castor Sugar and Tangerine Essential Oil), but the end result looks so sophisticated and delectable! I’m sure the teachers receiving it will feel pampered. This scrub smells of tropical scents, like a refreshing fruit smoothie which instantly lifts our mood. Free printable included.
Source: A Pumpkin and a Princess
The color yellow is fun and cheery. Therefore, a box filled with yellow things would most certainly induce a happy feeling. Want to thank a special teacher who has shown your children extra patience and love? This would be an excellent way to put something together using a colour-coordinated theme. I went supermarket shopping on Monday and bought a treasure trove of yellow stuff for the box! Lays Classic Potato Chips, M&Ms, Toblerone, Nature’s Wonders Fruits & Nuts, Twinning’s Chamomile Tea, Kellogg’s Crunch & ut Oat Granola, Nature Valley Energy Bars, Ritter Sport Cornflake Chocolate, Ricola Sweets, Dried Apricots, Canned Mango Juice and more! Just pack them into a box (or a recycled hamper basket), accompany it with the free printable and you’re ready to deliver a box of sunshine to your favorite teacher!
Source: Happy Money Saver and Fantabulosity
There is nothing super complicated about this jar full of sunshine. In fact, it is the same concept as the Box of Sunshine. You’ll simply start by going on a scavenger hut around your home (or have the kids do it for you, they’ll love it) in search of all kinds of small random yellow items which can fill the mason jar. Mommies who are into scrap booking and hoard lots of pretty art & craft materials will love this idea! Free printable gift tag included.
Source: The 36th Avenue
Who doesn’t love pop corns? Especially since we now have Garrett’s on our shores. Grab a tub, fill up a few mason jars, embellish with a twine and tag to make an almost instant presentable gift to reward teachers for their late nights of marking!
Source: Mod Wedding
I’ve done something similar for my colleagues few Christmases back to very favorable response. This is a simplified one with pre-measured brownie ingredients. Just pour, stir and bake! This site is in Spanish so you do need to use Google Translate. Click here to take a look at my version which I did few Christmases ago.
I added this in because the free printables are oh so pretty. Fairly straight forward step by step tutorial on how to make an awesome, affordable scrubs using the YL essential oils sitting in our homes. I discovered we can purchase Epson Salt cheaply from Guardian Pharmacy or online retailers like Nature’s Mart so this is certainly one DIY gift we can try at home.
Source: Yesterday on Tuesday
Check out Mommy Rachel of Malmal Our Inspiration‘s variation of Rainbow Bath Salts which she did for Teachers’ Day 2014 here.
This gift uses all the items which all ‘crafty’ Moms love – a mason jar, baker’s twine, a chalkboard printable, chevron paper straw… the works! I’ve always like the analogy that teachers help their students grow so a succulent mini garden is quite symbolic for the occasion. Free ‘Thanks for Helping Me Grow’ chalkboard printable included.
Source: The DIY Mommy
Here’s a version from 36th Avenue.
And this version’s from Lolly Jane (with free printable flag).
9. Take Note, I think you are Awesome
An easy way to jazz up a nice planner or notebook for the teacher. Just download the printable tags, print on white card-stock, cut out the tag, embellish with a ribbon and attach to the gift.
Source: Skip to My Lou
10. Yarn Wrapped Ombre Monogrammed Letter
Ombre has been the ‘in’ thing this year. This craft is perfect for Mommies who are more ‘crafty’. If done well, it will be such a special keepsake to adorn their desks in the teachers’ room to the envy of other teachers. The steps are not difficult, you just need to have a little time and nifty fingers. Monogram letters are available at Spotlight or Typo and yarn at Spotlight (or any knit craft shops). Floral embellishments are available at Paper Market or Made with Love.
Source: Catch My Party
For more ideas, pop by our 2013 Teachers’ Day Lists with Free Printables. Have fun!
What a helpful list of ideas. I think I’m going to use the notepad and monogrammed letter idea!
Ai Sakura says
Don’t forget Daiso!! You can get mason jars in various sizes from them too 😛 I’d love to make some body scrub for myself actually hahaha..
Ai @ Sakura Haruka
It’s amazing how many things you can do with mason jars, right? I especially love the Sunshine in a Jar idea, how fun yet meaningful! My girls would love to go on a Scavenger Hunt and use the items as gifts for their teachers. Thanks for taking the time to compile and share this list, Angie! =)
Debs G @ Owls Well says
So many brilliant ideas! Which one did you go with in the end for this years Teachers’ Day gift?
Angie. S says
Boxes of sunshine for Dana’s teachers 🙂
Wah seeing all this ideas put me to shame. I just lazily buy chocolates for my kid’s infant care teachers.. hahaaaaaaaaa
All of them looked so pretty but I’ll give my vote to Yarn Wrapped Monogram letter. Love that idea and want to do one for my kids!
Saw and shared it immediately when you first published it! Loving the yellow theme! So bright and sunshiny!
Serene Seah says
Love the box of Sunshine and the Monogram letters ! Shall head down to Typo tomorrow !!! Thanks for the list of ideas !
All so pretty and nice!! Alas I’m not so sure when I do it, the final product would look the same! 🙂 I salute all your creativity!! 🙂
Cherie Lim says
Love your teacher’s day presents ideas! I gave the “growth plant” for Jerry & Jerome’s teachers and if only I saw your printables!
Naman Modi says
Amazing ideas! I loved the ideas as these are really awesome. I will try it out and will let others know about your website so that they can also get to know about these DIY gifts.