Tis the season to be jolly...and potentially stressed...and possibly broke from spending too much money on gifts.
But, it doesn't have to be that way.
Have you downloaded my FREE Sanity Savers for Teachers in December Guide yet? It includes tips and ideas to use throughout the month as well as lots of handy printables. There is a section that was written with advice for dealing with exchanging gifts with your coworkers.
While I am an advocate for simplifying the holidays and eliminating the obligatory exchange of gift cards, I do realize it isn't always possible to skip the exchange. For that reason I have put together a list of 5 gift ideas for teachers ranging from $2.00 - $7.00 that are available online and best of all if you have Amazon prime you can order them in less than a minute and have them delivered to your door for free in 2 days or less. How is that for stress-free?
I have used and LOVED each and every one of these in my own classroom. Move over Oprah...these are MY favorite things! Well, favorite things under $10.00 anyhow.
If you have been using one of those claw staple removers you are doing it all wrong. This Easy Staple Remover allows you to slide under the staple and pop it right out without damaging the paper or bulletin board trim that is underneath. At just over $2.00 it is perfect if you would like to give a small, simple gift to a fellow teacher or if you are looking for a low-cost, but purposeful item to attach to a gift card to make it a wee bit more personal.
Blue and black ink on the dry erase board lacks personality. Bring joy to those creative teachers in your life by spicing things up with the fun colors that come with the Board Dudes Dry Erase Markers. Pink and purple? Yes, please. Green and orange? Heck, yeah! And as if the fun colors weren't enough to make me happy...they come with magnetic caps with built in erasers. I always had a set of these handy at the top of my magnetic dry erase board just out of reach of the wee folk because while we encourage our students to share with each other there are some things that you want to keep all to yourself.
Fact: All teachers LOVE Sharpies and there is nothing more promising than an unopened package of Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Markers. The are the stuff dreams are made of.
Save your teacher friend from long lines and paper jams at the photocopier by gifting her a set of Reusable Dry Erase Pockets. All she'll need to do is slip a printed copy of a worksheet inside and students can use dry erase markers to complete them...just don't let them use the Board Dudes markers listed above because those are special.
A Corner Punch Rounder falls under the category of "don't know what you're missing." Nobody 'needs' a corner punch rounder, but it really gives special extra touch to papers if you are displaying them on a bulletin board. You simply slide the corner of the paper into it and squeeze to transform 90 degree angled corners into rounded ones. They are also available in swirls and all kinds of fanciness.
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