• Stefanie

CD2C: Easy DIY Gifts to Give To Your Child's Teacher (even at the last minute)

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

Countdown to Christmas Day = 8

Last year, I experienced my first holiday season as a teacher. I was fortunate to receive gifts from some of my students. While most of the families gave gift cards (which I loved), one of the students made a mason jar filled with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows decorated to look like Rudolph. It was a nice, personal touch that she and her family had put into to say thank you to all the staff at our school.

For today, I've put together this project, as well as a few other easy DIY gifts you can put together in a mason jar. The best part of these projects is that you can easily get your child involved in making that special project for their teacher.

Rudolph Hot Chocolate

What you need:

  • Mason jar

  • Hot chocolate mix

  • Mini marshmallows

  • Googly eyes

  • Red pom pom

  • Pipe cleaners

Start by hot gluing or taping the googly eyes and red nose to the front of your mason jar.

Next, fill your mason jar with hot chocolate about 3/4 of the way full and top the rest with mini marshmallows.

Put the lid on the mason jar and attach the pipe cleaners. String them around the rim one at a time leaving a longer piece on each side to make the antler. You can be really fun with the colour of pipe cleaners, especially if you find yourself in the same situation I was as I couldn't find brown ones.

Snowman Pretzels Jar

What you need:

  • Mason jar

  • Holiday-themed chocolate covered pretzels

  • Buttons

  • String or ribbon

Tape or hot glue buttons horizontally on a mason jar.

Next, fill up the mason jar with your themed yogurt-covered pretzels. I found these really cute Christmas tree-shaped ones at Bulk Barn! Perfect for the treat and a yummy treat to boot.

Add on the mason jar lid then take the string or ribbon of choice and tie it around the rim. It is better to have extra at the end so it can lay out to look more like a scarf, perfect for any snowman.

Sweet Christmas Kisses Jar

What you need:

  • Mason jar

  • Holiday-themed Hershey's Kisses

  • Red ribbon

  • Blank gift tag

This one is by far the fastest and easiest one to do. Start off by writing a "sweet" message on your tag. I made it more Christmas-themed by using red and green marker. Punch a hole through it and string some of your red ribbon through.

Fill the mason jar with your Hershey's Kisses. Hopefully, you'll get more of an assortment in colour than I did. For whatever reason, when I went to Bulk Barn to get them, there were only a handful of red or green ones amongst the oodles of silver ones.

Tie the ribbon with your sweet message around the jar and voila! Your easy, quick, and thoughtful holiday gift is ready to be delivered!

I hope these were helpful ideas to inspire you and your kids to say thank you to their wonderful teachers this season. As a teacher myself, you have no idea how touched we are to receive gifts from our students and their families, it truly makes us feel valued by all we teach.


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