Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday Made It: Do you Gift???

So, I've been #inspired by Angie @luckylittlelearners and Ashley @schroedershenanigansin2nd this past week.  I've stalked and watched all of their inspirational periscopes, and even did one myself.  I'm hoping their excitement has kicked me into gear in keeping up with my blog this year.

I'm linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!  Woohoo!  It's really only a couple of things this week, but next week I hope to have some things finished that I'm working on that will help you out!

I love giving small tokens of appreciation to others for no reason than to just say "Thanks" or "I appreciate you" or "You're Awesome!"  I've pinned so many things on Pinterest for these small gifts, but find (many times than not), that the gifts are out of my "budget."  Do you like to give on a budget???

Okay, so, yes, I can give a simple "treat" of a candy bar or a bottle of soda.  But there are times when I like to put things together.  How do you do this?  It's simple - visit your local "bargain" bins (i.e., Target One Spot, Michael's bins, Dollar Tree, etc.).  Even Wal-Mart is catching on to this bargain bin idea!  For the gifts, I think about the things that I would like to have or use.  You have two options here - make them just for the recipients or include yourself too!  LOL!

Start with a container.  I've used those small metal buckets, but Target is starting to get a bit more trendy.  For $3, you can get a package of 6 "Take-Out Boxes" or a small wired basket - that's 50 cents each!  Sometimes I add embellishments such as a silk flower or ribbon bow.

Stuff the container with some fluff!  I love the colored paper that is shredded.  If you have a mass stock of colored paper and a stringy paper shredder, you can make your own.  Or just purchase it already made from Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

Then put in all of the goodies.  For the gifts today, I put in a small notepad ($1), a sticky notepad ($1), 6 pencils ($1, wrapped in washi tape to keep together), hand sanitizer (BBW, < $1), and hand lotion (BBW, < $3).  So, for about $6, I was able to give a cute gifts.

Actually, I made 6 of these for some coaching friends that joined me for dinner this week.  That's another great thing - hosting a dinner just for fun!  But that's another day's blog post!  LOL!

What fun gifts have you made for your teacher friends?

It was probably the worst weekend to host a garage sale, but I needed all of the "junk" out of the garage!!!  If I had a before photo of it piled in the garage, you would understand what I mean.  But, I forgot to take that picture of course!!!

In any case, I did it - with the help of my best friend, Andrea, and my mom, I got rid of all of the junk!!!  Whatever was leftover on Saturday was picked up for donation.  So, it's not really a "made it" but rather a "did it"!!!

This is one of the pictures I took during the sale - the very slow sale on Saturday!!!

Ahhhh!!!  There is so much room now!!!  I do need to clean up the back of the garage still, but I will do that this fall when it is cooler...  That is, unless I get a whim to get it done this summer!  #summerprojects  :)

Well, that's all I've got folks!!!  Enjoy your week, and I'll be back next week!!!


  1. Good for you for having a garage sale. I can't ever get myself motivated enough to have one - so much effort! I know you feel great getting rid of stuff though.
    Are We There Yet?

    1. It was great getting rid of all of the "clutter" around here! It was definitely worth it - just maybe not during the hottest months of the year!!! LOL!

  2. Love your gift baskets - lovely idea.

  3. Love those gift ideas. I have a male co-worker and feel bad giving him a "girly" gift or else leaving him out of the gift-giving. Any ideas for him?
    My Bright Blue House

    1. I have an idea that I thought of today for male coworkers! I'm going to try to find inexpensive things and post next week!

  4. Great idea to wrap those pencils with Washi tape! I'm always looking for more things to do with it!

    Learning at the Teacher Table

  5. I had to had a garage sale to get rid of stuff...and I go to them all summer long to find stuff for my classroom!

    1. Oh, believe me, I go to the them too! However, in my OCD days right now I'm very choosy about what gets purchased. However, I can hardly pass up on children's books!!! LOL!!!

  6. Those little gift baskets are perfect tokens of appreciation for teaching assistants/co-teachers/nurse/secretaries.... ah! So many possibilities! Great idea!

  7. I LOVE randomly gifting, it's one of my favorites. Love the little set up :) I'm so glad all the stores are getting into dollar bins and such ;)

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings