Monday, May 16th 2011
Teacher Gifts

This is the year I finally remembered! YEA!

Every year I think I’ll write this post and I never remember until it’s too late. But. It’s brief, and a bit DIY and I’m never that and if I don’t tell you this now I’ll have to wait another year.

End of Year Teacher Gifts.

It’s the SAME idea every year, and for every teacher and I don’t think anyone ever minds at all.  Before coming up with this, I always HATED the idea of giving teachers crap they’d hate or never use. No more. Now I just try to remember to be thoughtful enough to bring BEFORE the last day of school, on the day when they probably have loads of things to carry to their cars anyway before summer.

Get terracotta pots. (cheap!)

Have kids write nice things on terra cotta pots in permanent markers. You (or they) can write teacher’s name somewhere, include sweet adjectives the kids provide that describe this teacher, or write special memories of the year this child has, scripture, etc. Anything goes, as long as it will bless this particular teacher or School Nurse who played a vital role in keeping your children alive  and educated this year.


Get the kids to plant flowers. If you have extra daffodil or tulip bulbs somewhere, toss them in the bottom of the pot for a spring surprise. Plants. Think easy… petunias, zinnias, coleus, geraniums, etc. If you want, give kids easy seeds to also plant. My approach to pots is always: cram them full until overflowing with lots of different colors/textures/heights. That’s it – it isn’t any harder than that.

Tie a big bow around the pot if you wish, and tell your kid that he/she HAS to say that they planted all of it themselves.


Cheap, fun,  homemade, thoughtful, appreciated, your kids did all the work, and you never need another idea for end of school teacher ideas ever, so YEA!

*always soak new terracotta pots in the bathtub overnight. when you DO plant in them, the soil won’t dry out nearly as quickly. I read that once in a gardening magazine. I don’t know if it’s true. But I’m big on baths, and soaking, and adore the sight of pots taking a long soak in my tub so I always do this step. I have 8 pots and saucers in my tub right now.  I’m kinda jealous of them.


2 Comments on “Teacher Gifts”

May 16th, 2011
10:00 pm

My goodness, Kelsey. You sure have been through alot in the past month. Reviewing your posts, I’m so sorry to hear all that you went through with Ethan-11yr. And how hard that must have been for you. I was glad to get to the part where the MRI came back okay.

I was also glad to hear that you self-medicate with Diet Coke. No one ever ended up in a 12-step program from drinking six of those. ; )

Love the stuff about the plants, pots, and adjectives. Obviously, a gift from a kid whose mom is a writer!

Thank you so much for your kind words and concern while I crashed and went on “vacation”. It’s always so strange when I go away and spend so much time in my head. I’m not psycho, just creative. Muahahahaha…

May 17th, 2011
7:36 pm

What a great idea! I always liked gifts that would remind me of the child even years later. I’m no great shakes as a gardener, but I do like planting new stuff every spring, just to see what comes up. A very creative idea for your kids’ end-of-year teacher gifts.
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