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5 Inexpensive Holiday Gifts for Teachers You Can Do This Week

When you are shopping this holiday season, don't forget to show your appreciation for your children's teachers. You don't have to spend a fortune, even a small handmade gift will show them how much you care. Here are a few easy DIY ideas to get you started.

M&M Jar

Everyone likes M&M's, so this is a quick gift idea for any teacher. For this gift you will need:

  • Pint sized canning jar
  • Large bag of M&M's (peanut or plain)
  • M&M poem

M&M Jar

All you have to do for this gift is fill up a jar with M&M's and attach the included poem to the jar. Print out the M&M poem on your printer and mat it with a piece of construction paper or scrapbook paper. Use a hole punch to punch a hole through the corner of the poem and tie it to the top of the jar with twine or ribbon.

M&M Poem

Butterscotch Cookies in a Jar

Any teacher would love homemade cookies or other goodies baked by you or your children. Another easy idea is cookies in a jar. The cookie mix is all ready for the teacher to bake when they are ready to enjoy them.

To assemble these cookies in a jar you will need:

  • 1 1/8 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1 c. flaked coconut
  • 1 c. rice cereal
  • 3/4 c. butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans

Layer all of the above ingredients in a clean quart sized canning jar, starting with the flour first.

To decorate the jar, tie ribbon or twine around the top of the canning jar lid. You can also cut a square of holiday fabric slightly bigger than the top of the jar and place it under the jar ring. Cut around the edges of the fabric with pinking shears.

Attach the following recipe to the jar: Mix together the contents of the jar with 1/2 c. softened butter or margarine, 1 egg, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Gently mix ingredients together until moistened.

Roll dough into walnut sized balls. Place dough on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Chocolate Cake in a Mug

This is a fun gift for your child to bake and give to his or her teacher as a gift. They will really enjoy baking cake in a mug!


  • 4 tbsp. flour
  • 4 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp. egg*
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp. chocolate chips

*Note: One egg equals approximately 3 tablespoons, so to get 2 tablespoons of egg you will need to whisk one egg together to mix up the whites and yolk and then measure out 2 tablespoons of egg for this recipe.

Place all of the dry ingredients into the coffee mug of your choice. Stir in the egg.

Add the milk and vegetable oil. Next stir in the chocolate chips.

Place the mug in the microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes.

Post-it-Note Holder

This post-it-note holder is really easy to make. You can make two or three of them in less than an hour for just a couple of dollars each. To make this project you will need:

  • Clear 4x6 picture frames
  • Post-it-note pads
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Stickers or buttons for embellishment
  • Hot glue gun

You can buy clear plastic picture frames (the kind that stand up) very inexpensively at Walmart or the Dollar Store.

When you choose your post-it-notes, don't buy the cheap variety. The cheaper brands tend to fall apart easily, and you don't want your pad of post-it-notes to fall apart after you glue it to the picture frame.

post-it holder

First cut out a piece of scrapbook paper to fit the inside of the picture frame. If there is a piece of paper already inside the frame, remove it and use it for a pattern.

Place the piece of paper you just cut inside of the frame. This will be the background.

Next cut out a contrasting piece of scrapbook paper slightly bigger than the post-it-note pad.

Use the hot glue gun to glue this piece of paper to the front of the picture frame.

Glue the back of the post-it-note pad to the center of the piece of paper you just glued on the outside of the picture frame.

You now have your basic post-it-note holder. Embellish the holder with stickers, buttons, etc.

These post-it-note holders are so easy to make and teachers love them.

DIY Pencil Holder

This pencil holder is also easy to make and very inexpensive. To assemble it you will need:

  • Pencils (30 to 40 depending on size of can)
  • Rubberband
  • Round can (soup can)
  • Gorilla glue
  • Small saw

You can use any kind of can such as a soup can to make this pencil holder. You will need to use a small saw to cut down the pencils to the height of the can.

Use gorilla glue or other strong glue to glue the pencils around the outside of the can, eraser side pointing up. After you have glued the pencils all around the can, place a rubberband around them to hold them in place until the next day to give the glue a chance to dry.

The next day, remove the rubberband. You can leave the pencil holder as-is, or you can further embellish it by tying a ribbon or twine around it.

Creating a small thoughtful gift for a teacher does not take much time or money. Try one of these easy DIY gifts and show your children's teachers how much you appreciate them this holiday season.

Copyright 2013, Creative Homemaking, LLC. This article may not be reprinted.

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