So that leaves gift cards, and yes, I always LOVED gift cards (and books, and other thoughtful gifts, especially if the books were inscribed). But between CAM and WHM, we had six teachers this year, and that's just an awful lot of gift cards! Yikes! And I didn't want to give a low-amount gift card just to be able to say I gave something; I'd feel silly and cheap (I know, it's the thought that counts, and I am always insanely grateful to receive any gift, but I think it's different when I am the giver. I like to be generous.)
I thought I'd already exhausted the Pinterest ideas for teacher gifts, so I was
Side note: I also hope they are neither tacky nor cheap, because I spent a good part of last night being catty and snarky with a dear friend of mine over a wedding gift we saw online that we both agreed was, and there's no other way to say it, awful. It's one thing to not spend a lot of money; it's another to give a tacky gift ... and yes, I just said that, and yes, I understand the point of a wedding is not the gifts, and yes, I understand not everyone can give lavish gifts -- myself included, these days -- but there is, nonetheless, a line ... there is most definitely a line, people! I sincerely hope that these gifts from CAM and WHM are useful and safely on the proper side of the line, but I understand if anyone feels otherwise, and I also understand that I probably have a penance due for my snarkiness last night.
Okay, enough. Here they are:
|I bought a chipboard box, painted the bottom gold and mod-podged coordinating paper to the top and side of the lid. In the box are seven more of the glass tacks -- each backed with the same scrapbook papers.|
|I took the poem from Pinterest, made some modest changes, and added a stanza of my own.|
Anyway ... these are our last teacher gifts for this school year. They are photo-frame corkboards, and although they are on the easel stands, they could also fold up (or heck, just rip the easel off) and mount inside a kitchen cabinet or on a classroom wall. The little boxes I also made (no, that's a lie. I painted and mod-podged them) and filled with the decorative thumbtacks (that I made). What do you think? Are they okay, or will they be relegated to the "thanks, but no thanks" pile?
p.s. if you want the original inspiration from Pinterest, it's here. I made some modest changes to the steps and my supplies and prices were different, but this is the gist.