End-of-the-year gifts for teachers provide a concrete way for a student or parent to thank them for their hard work. Choices can range from a simple thank-you note to a gift basket. Homemade gifts may require time and effort, but they are a thoughtful, effective way to show teachers that they are appreciated.
Potted Plant Gift
Cut a piece of card stock to two inches by three inches.
Write "Thanks for Helping Me Grow" on the card stock with a black marker.
Cover the card stock with clear contact paper. Cut the contact paper slightly larger than the card stock and cover the front and back of the card stock to protect it from water.
Place a plastic card-holder stake into the soil of the plant. Slide the card into the card holder stake's top portion.
Wrap the plant pot with a wide ribbon. Leave extra ribbon to tie a bow.
Find a basket large enough to hold all the items you intend to include for the gift.
Place filler --- confetti, a t-shirt or decorative fabric printed with apples, or a small chalkboard --- in the bottom of the basket. This will help support the items in the gift basket.
Add the largest items in the gift basket first. Place these at the center of the basket, to prevent it tipping over. These should be items that will help the teacher throughout the year, such as a personal planner, coffee mug, a box of tea bags or individual coffee servings, and snacks.
Place the smaller items around the larger items. These items can include a stress ball, pens, and gift cards. Arrange the items so that you can easily see everything. Use additonal items such as small candies, erasers and sticky-note pads .
Wrap the gift basket in cellophane. Tie a large bow at the top with your preferred ribbon.
Brownies in a Jar
Clean out a quart jar. Dry the jar completely before adding the ingredients.
Combine 1 ¼ cups of flour with 2 tsp. of salt. Use a funnel to pour this into the jar.
Pour 1/3 cup of cocoa powder into the jar with the funnel. Use a spoon to press the cocoa powder into the jar tightly.
Add 2/3 cups of white sugar into the jar with the funnel. Press the white sugar into the jar with a spoon. Add 2/3 cups of tightly packed brown sugar, using the spoon instead of the funnel.
Top the jar off with ½ cup of semisweet chocolate chips and ½ cup of walnuts. Secure the jar with a lid. Include a recipe card with the brownie mix. The recipe requires adding 2/3 cups oil, 1 tsp. vanilla and 3 eggs into a mixing bowl. Mix all the ingredients until they appear wet, then pour into an 8" x 8" pan and bake in a 350-degree F oven for 30 minutes.
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Angie Marie is a Charleston, SC writer with five years experience. Marie is a recent college graduate from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising, and worked as a reporter for The West Virginia Standard in 2007. She has considered cooking a passion that traces back to her early youth, and constantly tries new recipes.