10 Ways to Bless Your Child’s Teacher

The Happy Buddy’s classroom is straight across the hall from my classroom.

His teacher lets me pop in and give him a snuggle whenever I need one.

Already we have been so blessed by her faithfulness to provide a loving, nurturing and Christ-centered environment for our boy!

It’s so important to establish a positive relationship with your child’s teacher.  Not just because they invest a whole heaping ton of their lives in our kids, but also because when we are confident in the teacher, our children will be as well.

And that makes for the foundation of a great school year.

Here are some little ways you and your Happy Buddy can bring a little joy into their teacher’s life in the coming months…BLESS THE TEACHER

Happy Blessing Your Teacher-ing! :-)

*Check out all of my other Teacher Appreciation Ideas by scrolling through HERE.*

EASY Back to School Gift Idea – FREE Printable!

super cute and super easy (CHEAP) back to school gift idea for teachers, classmates, administration, etc.There are SO MANY adorable Back to School FREE Printables out there – EXHIBIT A.

But I had to add one of my own to the mix!!

Head on over to the Dollar Tree, my friends, and grab a bag of chocolate Riesen candies.back to school printable2

Then attach my FREE Printable tag and you are good to go.

back to school printableI may or may not have made 50+ of these babies for the first day of school and snuck them into everyone’s mailboxes in the teacher’s lounge. :-)

Get your FREE Printable Back to School Gift Tag HERE.

Happy Back to School Gift Idea-ing! :-)

Back to School Gift Ideas for the Teacher

20 EASY, Inexpensive and adorable teacher gift ideas for the first day of school! Lots of FREE Printables!!**We start school on Tuesday!  Eek!  Someone stop the clock, puh-lease!**

I would like to try to bring a little something to the Happy Buddy’s teachers on the first day, so I have been searching the Internet for inspiration.

As always, I try to look for budget-friendly, EASY options with some serious cute factor.

Plus, I am a teacher, so I only share the things that I would like to receive! :-)

Here are 20 Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas that really fit the bill. :-)

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A pack of EXTRA gum and this clever FREE Printable tag from Sweet Metel Moments.

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A Little Tipsy knows that teachers can always use a bundle of Sharpies.

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This Lightbulb Post-It Gift is only $1 plus the FREE Printable tag from Landee See, Landee Do.

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A small App Store Gift Card and cleverly adorable tag from Everything Etsy would be just the perfect gift.

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Lil’ Luna crafted up this cheerful Ball Mason Jar Gift and FREE Printable tag.

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Love this Tootsie Roll Gift plus FREE tag at The Taylor House.

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How awesome is this FREE Printable Back to School Checklist tag from Hairy Shoe Fairy?!

Chocolate is ESSENTIAL during the first week back!

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Speaking of chocolate, grab a bag of Flips Chocolate Covered Pretzels (nom nom nom) and slap on this FREE Printable tag from Simply This and That.

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Love this FREE Printable tag to attach to the traditional apple over at Positively Splendid.

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The Crafting Chicks featured this creative USB Charger Gift Idea with FREE Printable.

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Washi Tape and a FREE Printable tag jazzes up a recycled tin can over at SNAP.

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Play Create Grow bundled up some much-needed Dry Erase Markers with a cute tag about the new year.

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You can’t go wrong with a gift of a Notepad.

Check out this inexpensive, note-worthy idea from Three Little Monkeys Studio.

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What a happy little Gum Ball Jar and FREE Printable tag from The Diary of Dave’s Wife!

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Would you believe that Laura Winslow Photography found this cute bag in the Dollar Spot at Target?!  FREE Printable tag included on her blog!

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I liked the design on this Thirst Quenching Tag from Fresh Mommy Blog.

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I can’t think of a teacher (unless he’s a he!) that wouldn’t love getting a little something to spiff up her toe nails for the new year.

Reading Confetti shared this idea and a FREE Printable tag!

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A little gift of Soda might be just the caffeine fix your Happy Buddy’s teacher needs to get through the first week back!

The Diary of Dave’s Wife has the FREE Printable.

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Find out your teacher’s favorite treat and attach this FREE tag from The Crafting Chicks.

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Finally, M&Ms are the perfect gift in the Happy Buddy’s opinion.

Thanks to Katherine Marie for the sweet presentation and idea!

Hopefully I will be back with another cute Back to School Teacher Gift and FREE Printable for you later this week!

Happy Back to School Teacher Gift-ing! :-)

*Find even MORE great Back to School Gift Ideas HERE!*

Gift Card Bouquet for the Teacher

Gift Card Bouquet for the Teacher at happyhomefairy.com

I saw this idea over at Family Fun a few years ago and have always had the itch to make one myself!

As I mentioned HERE, teachers really love getting gift cards more than anything else (especially more than crayon monograms or mugs).  If you don’t believe me, you should check out THIS POST – it’s pretty hilarious. :-)

teacher gift3I emailed all of the mommies in the Happy Buddy’s preschool class and asked if they could send in 2 gift cards of any amount (1 for the teacher and 1 for the teacher’s assistant.  They happen to be a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law duo so they share the same name!).  I gave them some suggestions of our teachers’ favorite places – restaurants, stores, etc. – in case they wanted to cater the gift cards to their personal tastes.

I also printed these cute flowers (from HERE – found under the May 2013 issue) and sent them home with the students to decorate.

teacher gift2Once the gift cards and flowers were returned, I set to work!

I painted 2 terra cotta pots that I picked up at JoAnn’s in a pretty blue.

After they dried, my super awesome friend who has a Silhouette machine helped me add the teachers’ names and some adorable little polka dots.  Good gracious, do any of y’all own a Silhouette machine???  Oh my word, my life has changed!!!

teacher gift4A little ribbon around the top of the pot was just what we needed for a little extra pop!

I stuck a styrofoam ball in the pot, drizzled hot glue on top and then covered it with leftover Easter grass.

teacher gift5For the flowers, I stuck them to lollipop sticks (cut to different lengths) and added the gift cards with tape.

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It was really easy once I had all the pieces that I needed to put it together.teacher gift1

If you have time, this is a really great gift idea that is SURE to be a winner with your Happy Buddy’s teacher.

Happy Gift Card Bouquet-ing! :-)

Cute Teacher Appreciation Door Idea

teacher appreciation doorYesterday afternoon the Happy Hubby took the boys home after church so that I could have a few hours with a friend to decorate the Happy Buddy’s preschool teacher’s classroom door in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week going on right now.

There are mostly boys in the class, so we had to come up with something that would ring true in their little boy hearts.

What better 3-year-old boy theme than trains?

We had so much fun and it turned out so cute I thought I’d share it here in case you want to Pin It for future inspiration.teacher appreciation door1teacher appreciation door2teacher appreciation door3

Are you doing anything for your teachers this week?

Check out all of my Teacher Appreciation Ideas and FREE Printables HERE.

And if you’re looking for more Door Decorating Inspiration, go HERE.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Door Decorate-ing! :-)

8 Great Teacher Appreciation Printables

8 great teacher appreciation printables at happyhomefairy.comWell, I know I said that the best gift you can get a teacher is a gift card.

But, man.  There are some seriously cute ideas out there.

And there are some seriously cute FREE Printables to go with those seriously cute (and easy and inexpensive!) ideas.

So I could not resist!  Here are 8 of my faves…

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Pop into your local grocery store for a small pot of flowers and stick in this cute tag from Landee See, Landee Do.

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I love everything that eighteen25 creates – especially these fun tags for hand soap.

What a useful gift!

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A girl can never have enough shoes or purses, right??

That is why this Tote-lly Terrific Tag to go with a cute new tote (lots of inexpensive bag options at Target!) from Uncommon Designs will be a fabulous choice.

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It’s easy and cheap (think Target Dollar Spot!) to put together a little package of notecards and pencils with this FREE Printable tag from Sweet Metel Moments.

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I have seen this saying before to go with a plate of cookies, but this design from Make Bake Celebrate is definitely my new favorite!

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You can never go wrong with the whole apple for the teacher theme.

This tag from Coton Colors Blog gives it a cute twist.

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Throw some M&Ms in with some popcorn and this cute tag from domesticated lady and boom!  Insta teacher snack.

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And finally, a nail file, some polish and a cute tag from She’s {kinda} Crafty and your teacher will think you’ve really nailed Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6th-10th).

Aren’t these ideas fun?

I hope y’all are having a great weekend!  I have 2 sickos here in our Happy Home so we are doing a lot of pajama and tissue and TV-ing. :-)

Happy Teacher Appreciation Free Printable-ing!

Easy Teacher Appreciation Idea – FREE Printable!

teacher appreciation idea at happyhomefairy.comThe Happy Buddy sure does love him some Dunkin’ Donut Munchkins!

I mean, who doesn’t?!

So I figured Munchkins would be a great little snack to put in the teacher’s lounge at the Happy Buddy’s preschool – in honor of all their hard work.

This idea is so easy – you just need to print the FREE Printable tag (see bottom of post) and then pick up a box of Munchkins.

Bam.  You’re all set.

And the teachers will love you.

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I brought these to the school workroom today and later as I headed back through the hall, I overheard a teacher say (after dropping her students off at the library), “I NEED A MUNCHKIN!”

Apparently they are excellent little stress-relievers. :-)

Get your FREE Printable Teacher Appreciation Munchkin Tag HERE.

Happy Munchkin Teacher Appreciate-ing!

Creative Ways to Give Teachers a Gift Card

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*Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10th.*

As much as we might want to score points as the coolest mom in the class by giving our Happy Buddies’ teachers handmade crayon monograms, 7-layer cakes, or pencil bouquets, the reality is that the best thing to get a teacher is…

A gift card.

I don’t like giving gift cards because there is nothing super glamorous about sticking one in an envelope and handing it over.

But when I saw how these amazing bloggers used giving gift cards as an opportunity to get creative, I had to share!

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With all those crazy hours (early morning conferences, late night grading sessions, endless hours of lesson planning…), teachers need their caffeine!

Love this easy and fun way to present a Starbucks gift card from Hi Sugarplum!

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I thought this FREE Printable Starbucks Cup Thank You Teacher Sleeve from Alphamom was way clever.

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The Happy Hubby prefers the taste of Dunkin’ Donuts‘ coffee, so maybe your teacher does as well.

This adorable FREE Printable from Sweet Metel Moments is just what you need.

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Look how Just A Girl gussies up a bookstore gift card (with dollar bin items, I might add!).

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You can make a Gift Card Snow Globe (it’s quite easy!) at The Creative Mama.

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Tatertots and Jello came up with this happy way to give a gift card to Jamba Juice.

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Anyone else a fan of Pei Wei?!

You can find this Asian-inspired gift card ensemble over at 71 toes.

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The Taylor House sure knows how to send a teacher to  the movies!

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Look at this amazing iTunes Giftcard FREE Printable from Alphamom!

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No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.  That is a Candy Lei with Target Gift Card attached.

How. Awesome. Is. That.

Check out Whipperberry for the how-to.

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Speaking of candy – wouldn’t it be to find a surprise gift card nestled into a jar of M&M’s??

Happy Clippings has this idea AND shares a FREE Printable Teacher M&M Poem (cutest poem EVER) to attach to the jar.

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If I was still teaching, and one of my students gave me a gift card to Target using this great FREE Printable from g*rated, they’d be getting some straight A’s on their next report card.

I’m just sayin’.

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And, finally, I think these hilarious FREE Printables from Chickabug pretty much sum it all up!

You seriously can’t go wrong with any of these ideas.

I guarantee it!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Gift Card-ing! :-)

*You can find all of my other fabulous Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas HERE.*

A Fun Way to Give Money As A Gift

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My little brother asked for money for Christmas this year.

I have a hard time just throwing some cash in a card, so I thought I’d take some inspiration from THIS GREAT POST and give him something profitable and fun.

First I took twenty one dollar bills and taped them together.  Then I rolled them up.

I placed them in an empty square tissue box with the first dollar from the roll of bills peeking out the plastic flap.

The tissue box got wrapped up with cute paper and I cut a slit for an opening over the tissue box’s plastic top.

Next I added a ‘Pull Here’ tab to the first dollar and thread it through the slit.

Then the fun began!

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I think he was actually kind of nervous at first that if he pulled the tab something was going to pop out at him!

If you want to get even more creative, I think next time I would tape the first dollar bill to a tissue and include a note that said, “Don’t BLOW it all in one place!” :-)

Happy Money Gift-ing! :-)

Easy Back to School Teacher Appreciation Gift

Do you need a little last-minute something to give to your Happy Buddy’s teacher to let them know how you feel about the upcoming year?

Simply purchase a bottle of Iced Tea.

Then attach the FREE Printable tag (see bottom of post for download)!

I just used some double-sided tape.  Easy peasy!

Would you believe that we made 125 of these as favors for all of the Moms at our MOMs group kick-off last Friday? :-)

Get your FREE Printable tag HERE!

Happy Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift-ing! :-)

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