Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Valentine's Day- Teacher's Gift on a Budget

I am like 80% of this nation and do not have a large budget for Valentine's Day. And it appears Hallmark and all other national retailers have made Valentine's Day such a big deal that if you don't give every one you love or care about a gift you really don't care. I want to scream at the top of my lungs "HELLO, WASN'T IT JUST CHRISTMAS" but no one is really listening to what have to say. In pursuit of making sure my child is not black listed at pre-school I have a great solution/gift.

Hand Sanitizer/ Liquid Soap - VALENTIZED!!

I can't take total credit for this but can't find the site where I found this fabulous idea.

1- I got hand sanitizer from Wal-green last week at BOGO (buy one get one free)

2- Peel off the labels

3- Embellished it with Wal-mart scrapbooking heart stickers or letters.

4- I had my daughter cut a heart-shape card and then color it and sign her name.

5- I punched a hole in the heart (without my daughter looking because if I showed her that trick EVERYTHING would have a hole in it!)

6- Tie the heart/tag on with a ribbon

My daughter is a lot like me and LOVES crafts!

There you have it- a teacher gifts on a budget and with all those lovely germs around this winter who best to give hand sanitizer too!!

Procrastination Time: I am ahead of schedule- mainly because I needed a craft for my daughter and wanted to share with you! A week ahead of schedule. I am doing the jig now!!

Pack rat: Once again I used my ribbon collection. Trust me the further I get into this blog the more you will see what I pack away!! (I am almost ashamed to share but the only way to concur is to admit you have a problem!)

Verdict: Great and easy project. Good project to do with kids. I gave one to my mom who is a Principal at an Elementary school & she really liked it.

Cost: Hand sanitizer $1.50, stickers .99 a pack & made 2 per pack, ribbon apart of my collection, and tag- free. Total- $2.00

Let me know if you have tried something similar or have any suggestions to make this better for next year!!


Ann On and On... said...

That is a very good V. day gift. Not as tasty as chocolate, but it will last longer and it doesn't have a lot of calories. :D
Welcome to SITS...
Just a few days left in my good smelling give-a-way...check it out if you have minute. :D

Anonymous said...

Very cute idea. Gosh, does this mean I need to buy teacher gifts too? I can't keep up! Love the bath towel too -my boy could use some of those. I like how you list what you used and cost. I'll be back to check out more. Welcome to SITS!

Nancy said...

That is a cute idea! I want to thank you for stopping by and visiting with me during my SITS spotlight....Please come back anytime.....Blessings, Nancy

Synergy Girl said...

Your blog is so refreshing! It has cadence, yet it is random in the best sense possible. I love this idea!! Especially since I have like the big ol' Walmart ones everywhere!! With four kids, sometimes a squirt of that is the best you can do...!! Happy Valentines Day...Early!!

Xazmin said...

Love it! I know what my kids' teachers are getting next week! Thanks. Came by from SITS to say hi!

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

Very cute, and what a great gift for someone around kids all day long! ;)

sandy said...

That's a really cute, inexpensive idae! I ove it:0)

sandy said...

Welcome to SITS!

Joy said...

That is an awesome idea. Works for every holiday/season too!

AP said...

as a former teacher, I love that gift idea!! cute idea and practical

SITS Girls said...

What a great idea!

Welcome to SITS, we are thrilled to have you join us.

Tiffany & Heather

Amanda said...

Thanks for stopping by from SITS yesterday.

That Valentine's craft is adorable!

I looked at the rest of your blog and you have some really great crafts! (love the pillowcase dress) to cute!

Julie said...

That's cool...if anybody can use hand sanitizer, it's a teacher! Welcome to the SITS community.

Denyse said...

I LOVE this idea! I'm so doing this for my youngest daughter's teacher.
Thanks for stopping by on my special SITS day.

I also appreciate your title. My motto is: If it weren't for the last minute, I'd never get anything done.

Noah's Mommy said...

How Fab are looks amazing...and the price...can't beat it...and I think all teachers live for hand sanitizer....Welcome to SITS

Sarah@VintageChic said...

Stopping by from SITS. I saw this on another blog too. It turned out great!!! I think it's sweet that your daughter made the tag by herself.

Anonymous said...

Ooh - I like this idea. Very simple and cheap.

Aubrey said...

What a great, affordable idea! Check this one out too:
My friend is doing these for her kid's teachers and I think it's a FAB idea!!

Coming over from the SITS Welcome Wagon! Just wanted to say hello and WELCOME!