We are in the throes of back to school season, and I feel both relieved and disorganized!
I can’t tell if I am coming or going most days, but I know that routine will settle in soon.
Each year when we shop for all of the back to school supplies, I purchase enough extras to last us through the school year and to donate to the kids’ classrooms.
And, while I could totally send the extra supplies in a Target bag, I like to put everything together in a nice reusable basket.
I even add a few special teachers only treats to the baskets. Then, I add a sweet first day of school note card on each one.
Teacher Gift Ideas
Typically, I fill reusable baskets with extra notebooks, paper, pens, markers, glue, and other classroom supplies. But, I also add a few bottles of soda, some candies and snacks, and even lotions and hand sanitizers. Each basket costs less than $10, but is always a welcome gift on the first day of school!.
Over the last few years, as my kids have gotten older, their classroom supply lists have gotten a lot smaller. Some years their supplies have even been taken care of by their schools. But, we still give presents to each of their teachers to start the school year! Fresh flowers have been my go to teacher gift idea when I don’t send in supplies on the first day of school.
Flowers are great for support staff too. Our school’s support staff is truly the glue that holds our schools together, and I would feel terrible if I didn’t send in a little something for them on the first day of school too. To save money, some years I have clipped flowers from our own garden and placed them in canning jar vases.
No matter what you give your kids’ teachers, it will surely be appreciated.
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You can find more inspiration, free printables, and recipes from Jessica on her blog, Everyday Party Magazine.
Other Back-to-School Posts You May Enjoy:
- First Day of School Printable Sign
- Back to School All About Me Printable
- What Your Child’s Teacher Wishes You Knew
You could say my blogging journey is a little bit Erin Brockovich, a whole lot creative mom.
Life took a crazy turn with the birth of my third child, who had so many health issues we weren’t sure if he’d live. Eventually he and his younger brother were both diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder that mimics disease found in Asian children exposed to Agent Orange. We believe ground water tainted by a chemical testing facility near our home is likely to blame.
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Chelsea Johnson says
How sweet! If I was a teacher I’d love to get flowers on the first day of school! Or a fun gift basket 🙂