it’s that scurrying-about time of year, when the littles focus their cerebral reserves on end-of-term projects, and the mama directs her reserves to devising thoughtful teacher gifts. (or, more likely, the mama surveys her ingenuity tank, finds it empty-bellied, and scours the web for tutorials.)
just in case you too are scrabbling for handmade gift ideas, here’s a gathering of my favorite finds (all photos used with permission):
[giant paperclip bookmark from noodlehead]
2. pretty little album from brooke at inchmark
3. coffee cozies (to hold gift cards and handwritten kid-notes) from erin at house on hill road, (pdf pattern here)
[fabric basket tute by ayumi of pink penguin]
5. chubby hobby's market tote
[decorative thumbtacks by jessica of how about orange]
are your vibes less of the crafty sort and more of the buy it quickly sort? for primary grades, thoughtfully-selected picture books make perfect gifts as well.
[as a former first grade teacher, i have leanings toward anything artfully rendered with a good helping of funny, such as the olivia series, or nearly anything by kevin henkes. many educators, however, may already have these titles on hand. if you aren't familiar with your child's classroom library, you may want to select something less popular but equally enchanting, such as last night i dreamed a circus.]
anyhoo. after much debating, i'm thinking we'll make little tote bags circa kristin's birthday, and i'll let the boys decide what sorts of teacher goodies to fill them with.
(that is, unless one of you shares the Best Idea Ever in the comments and i make that instead. when it comes to homemade gifts, i'm embarrassingly easy to persuade.)