Easy DIY Christmas Gift Idea for Teachers, Friends + More

by Marcy on December 8, 2013 · 0 comments

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I just finished putting my daughters’ DIY Teacher Christmas Gifts together and thought I would share this fun project! My girls are 3 and 7, and this is the first year that both of them are in school. When I add in bus drivers, gymnastics teachers, piano teachers and more, I had a total of 10 teachers that I wanted to put a gift together for this year. It is important to me to at least attempt to give my kid’s teachers a nice gift, but the expense can add up fast!

When I saw these adorable insulated tumblers pop up on Zulily a few weeks ago, I thought they would be a fun and inexpensive way to present the gifts to the teachers. I don’t have to worry about the wrapping getting smashed in my oldest daughter’s backpack, I don’t have to spend money on gift bags and/or tissue paper that’s going to get thrown away. Plus I’m hoping that the teachers will actually like these tumblers – I know I use one every day. The dollar store (Dollar General, etc..) would be a great place to check for tumblers as well.

Once I had the tumblers I decided to keep an eye out for inexpensive holiday candy. When you pair coupons with sales at stores like CVS, Giant Eagle, Kroger and Target, you can often find holiday M&M’s, Hershey Kisses, Reece’s Cup plus more for $2.50 per bag or less. I used about 5 bags of candy to fill 10 tumblers, but this will vary based on how large the candy is that you purchase, and if you add anything else to the tumbler.

I chose to add a gift card to each of the tumblers. I varied the amount of the gift card based on the teacher, but I did some combination of Starbucks and Amazon gift cards. I like to purchase the multi-packs of gift cards at my local grocery store so that I earn fuel discounts.

Once I filled the tumblers with candy and the gift card(s), I perused Pinterest in an attempt to find a free christmas tag template to print. After wasting about 15 minutes and not finding what I wanted, I decided to use a sheet of white card stock that I had on hand and a pack of sticker tags that I bought on clearance after Christmas last year. I stuck the tags to the card stock and trimmed around the edges – leaving  small strip of card stock to the left of the tag (see image above). Using a hole punch, I punched one hole in the card stock and then cut 3 or 4 small slits around the circle with scissors because the straws were a little larger than the hole and I didn’t want the paper to tear.

Overall, I am really happy with the end result! I don’t consider myself to be very crafty, so you could definitely jazz these up a little bit more with ribbon, stickers or fancy hand writing if you wanted.

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