These handmade gift ideas definitely make the grade.
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This might be the easiest idea of all — all it takes is a little penmanship, a clipboard, and a gift card. A few handwritten phrases can turn an end-of-the-school-year token into a heartfelt memento.
Extra credit tip: Tuck your gift certificate into a custom stationery set. (All you need is bright cardstock and a paper punch.)
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Back to school means colder weather, which, in turn, can mean more trips to the nurse's office. So teachers are pros when it comes to fighting back against airborne sneezes and germy hands. This felted hankie holder keeps tissues at the ready.
Extra credit tip: Backstitch the teacher's initial on a cutout heart and stuff with soft tissues ahead of time.
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Teachers are to kids what rain is to plants: Without their nurturing, your little ones wouldn't grow so strong (and smart). A small succulent planted in a pot is a symbolic gesture of thanks for their TLC.
Extra credit tip: Add a stick-in sign that reads, "Thank you for helping me grow!"
As challenging as it can be to teach a class, the kids are the collective apple of any teacher's eye. Even sending a few words of gratitude makes a lasting impression. Use an apple craft punch to design a handmade card and have your student include a sincere note of thanks.
Extra credit tip: Make one big enough for the entire class to sign. Pass it around between parents sneakily before the big reveal on the last day of class.
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Teachers have a lot of materials to keep organized: textbooks, lesson-plan books -- not to mention those piles (upon piles) of essays and tests to grade. A hand-sewn ribbon bookmark is thin enough to mark a page without bending the book's binding. Embellish it with buttons, strips of satin, and embroidered thread.
Extra credit tip: Tuck yours into a copy of your teacher's favorite book. Just remember to cut the ribbon to a proportionally longer length than the book itself.
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Offer thanks with sweet sincerity: These artistic sugar cookies are just the thing for kids to help bake. Students can trace their hand to outline the cookies, so it's quite literally "handmade."
Extra credit tip: Make a batch and offer them in a dressed up gift bag.