A Sweet Teacher Gift

I laugh when I hear myself say “back when I (fill in the blank)” because it makes me feel so old. But seriously, a lot has changed in my short 44 years on this planet. But really… back when I started working in the school system, things were different. The parents were different and the students were definitely different. My job as a middle school counselor has changed and not necessarily for the better. Some days it sucks every ounce of energy out of me. I can’t imagine being in a classroom with 30+ students all day. So when I hear it’s Teacher Appreciation I get all jazzed up to do something special for my kid’s teachers.

I’m a big believer in saying thank you to those around you. And working in the public school system, I know how hard teachers and school employees work each day. So I love Teacher Appreciation Week. Let me clarify – I love doing things for my kid’s teachers. I work in a school where nothing is really done for the staff. I believe the thought is “that’s what you get a paycheck for.” Is that terrible or what?!?! Who doesn’t want a little “thanks for all you do”???

I know it would be easier and less time consuming to just go buy a gift card and stick it in a card. But I like to show that we put some time into it and some thought. Or is something simple enough/better? What do you think?

I remember as a kid making a “candy gram” for a family friend. It was fun coming up with what to say and how to fit candy bars into the sentences. I thought maybe my kids would get a kick out of it too. So we sat down with a pencil and piece of paper and started writing what we wanted to say.

Then came the fun part – the gluing.

What do you think? My kids are having a hard time waiting until next week.

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  1. Ok that is about the most adorable thing I have seen in a long time for a teacher!! I hope you are flattered that I am completely copying you. I only hope I can find some good candy over here.

  2. How SWEET!

  3. Ok, am I the only one seeing wingdings instead of regular font?

  4. Nope, I see wingdings too LOL I love the idea though. Too cute!!

  5. Les and Tiffany Rose I had no idea what you guys were talking about. Then it hit me =o) Changed the font. Hope this one works for you!

  6. Oh my gosh that is so cute!!!!

  7. As usual, another cute idea Erin. Love it.

  8. Very cute idea Erin! However, I’m still seeing Wingdings!!!

  9. Love it. I remember making one of these to ask a guy to a dance once. He is now my hubby so I am sure I scored big on that one. What a thoughtful gift. Thanks for brining back the memory and giving me a great idea.

  10. Thank you for always showing us the cutest things! fun fun fun!

  11. What a cute idea! I will have to remember this for when my kiddos are in school!

  12. Great way to show your appreciation! the teacher will LOVE it and the candy

  13. That teacher is going to be so happy when she receives this candy gram. What a great way to sweeten her day.

  14. How very cute! I’m sure their teacher is going to love it… A great thank you idea! 🙂

  15. i got a similar card for my birthday once, it was really cute! i love your blog header – i can tell you have kids 🙂

    thanks for visiting my blog, hope you’ll be back soon!

  16. What a great card! I have never seen the Uno or Look bars before. Maybe that is something unique to the west. Thanks for stopping by my blog Fakin It today!

  17. Another great idea Erin! Too cute. Any teacher would love this:)

  18. How fun! This is so great.

  19. Love my son’s teacher and love this idea! I think I’ll put it together and get all the kids in his class to sign it and give it to her on the last day. 😀

    Saw you at Suzie’s Commercial Break Thursdays. Come say hi at my happy little blog if you get time one day! 🙂


  20. So clever. I love this idea.

  21. Anonymous says:

    i’m still seeing wingdings, but i love the idea 🙂

  22. That is such a sweet idea for a teacher. I know she will love it 🙂

  23. Really cute idea although I see Wingdings too 😉

  24. Hi! I love this project — I’m going to make it for my son’s preschool teacher! I’m featuring your project on It’s a Keeper Thursday this week! I’d love if you stopped by and grabbed a button.

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  25. so fun! i’d love it for you to come link this up at my party tomorrow http://www.smallfineprint.com (and any other creation you have!)

  26. I was so interested in what you had to say, I translated the wingdings by copying and pasting into Word and changing the font. So to answer your question, I definitely think this is a great gift. If nothing else, your kids will remember it and we’re all about memories here right?
    Good work!

  27. Cute idea! I see the wingdings too!

  28. Cute Teacher Gift! We have made these for birthdays and holidays but never for a teacher. We might make one or more of these for our teachers this year. Maybe even our new principal!

  29. This is such a great idea.

    Mrs. Delightful

  30. This is a really cute idea. Gives the kids something to think about in how the candy wrappers can be made into a story or letter. This would even be cute for mothers day or fathers day. thanks

  31. I think this is a great idea for a teacher and a great idea for a gift for a teacher