Our school year is winding down quickly and along with this time of year comes a great excuse to spoil your children’s teachers…Teacher Appreciation Week! Every year, the first full week of May marks this special occasion, where we can do something nice to show our love and thanks for all our hard-working teachers do for our kiddos.
This year will be especially bittersweet for me, as I say “goodbye” to two remarkable teachers who have taught all 3 of my kids during their preschool years. After 6 years, we are finally graduating from preschool.
Like I said, it’s pretty bittersweet. When your kids are still so little, you look ahead thinking this day will never come. Then when it gets here, you look back and wonder how it came so quickly!
I really don’t have the correct amount of words to express how grateful I am for the loving teachers my children have all been blessed with, but these 2 will always hold a special place in my heart since they were the first ones I entrusted my babies with when they went off to school. They are incredible. And I love them to pieces.
I am working on a different end-of-the-year gift to give all my kids’ teachers, but this week I wanted to give them each a little something special to show our appreciation for all their hard work.
These little berry baskets are simple and fun to create, not to mention they are practical for this time of year when just starting out a garden for the summer.
I’m even including a free printable card I’ve created for you to attach to them, giving them that polished off finish!
To make these gift baskets you will need the following:
- berry baskets (I found mine here)
- decorative paper shred filler
- Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap (in seasonal scents like Basil, Radish, Rosemary, etc)
- terra-cotta mini pot
- mini grow-your-own plant kit
- clear cellophane wrap
- best of the pick teacher appreciation cards
Start by adding some paper shred as filler in your berry basket. I found mine at the Dollar Store.
Add your Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap and tuck it into one corner of the berry basket. I am a huge fan of this soap and use it in our own kitchen and bathrooms. I love the seasonal scents they feature and for these gift baskets I went with the “fresh-picked” theme, choosing Basil & Radish scents.
Then add your mini terra-cotta pot and seed-starter kit into the other corner of your berry basket, next to the soap. Typically, I find these mini seed-starter kits in the Dollar Spot at Target this time of year. But you may also have luck finding them at your local Wal-Mart or big box store in the Seasonal/Garden department. Same with the terra-cotta pots.
I also found these slate garden stakes there that you can write on with chalk to label your herbs/flowers. I am sure you could find something similar again at any garden store, or you could make your own using some Popsicle sticks or even a thin piece of cardboard or wood.
I labeled them with each teacher’s name before sticking them into each basket.
Lastly, you will want to secure the gift using some clear cellophane wrap and twine to tie it shut on the top.
You can add the free printable card as well with a simple hole punch in the corner to tie it onto the gift. Again, you can access that download here.
I was trying to think of something clever to say that would go with the theme of the gift, so each card lets your teacher know they are the “Best of the Pick” on them.
I hope our teachers know how much they really are just that!
You have plenty of time left to create a great little gift to give to your teacher before the “official” kick off to Teacher Appreciation Week, which starts next week Monday, May 8th and runs through Friday, May 12th. Teachers are amazing gifts from God, let’s show them how much they are treasured!
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