Inexpensive Last Minute DIY Christmas Gift for the Teachers and Neighbors in Your Life

Inexpensive Last Minute DIY Christmas Gift for the Teachers and Neighbors in Your Life

6 days until Christmas! Some of us are rejoicing that it’s the most wonderful time of the year and others just want it to be over. I’m very excited to celebrate Christmas with my family this year. It will be Little Guy’s first Christmas and I can’t wait to see the excitement on his face as he chews on wrapping paper until we catch him! *ha!*

For the mommas that are tired of running around but forgot to get your kiddo’s favorite teacher something – never fear. I got you. And it isn’t junk.

My mom has been a teacher for the better part of two decades. Her favorite gifts have been 1) those you can eat and 2) gift cards to places she will actually go. Alas, she has had countless years of junk pile up on her desk for well-meaning moms that gift it to her. The thought is great, but no one needs cotton ball sized baskets, sticky note clipboards, or 30 mugs.

This last minute gift idea is sweet and easy. Literally sweet. It’s chocolate. If I was a teacher, I would shove all of this in my mouth the minute the last kid left for Christmas break. Teachers need a break too y’all. They definitely don’t get the high praises they deserve!

Proof that teachers love chocolate: My senior year of high school, I had a great distaste for math, but I had the most awesome math teacher. She was my teacher for two years for the several different math classes I took. Everyday she had a fresh coffee from McDonald’s and a neat stash of candies at her desk. For Christmas I wanted to show her that I loved her class even though I hated math. A $5 gift card to McDonald’s, a Hershey’s bar, and a bow later I got the biggest and most appreciative hug ever. Did I get extra credit? No. She felt appreciated and that’s all that really matters.

On to the last minute gift idea…

What you’ll need:

  • cello bags
  • ribbon
  • paper squares cut from printer paper
  • hole punch
  • green or red pen – I love my Paper-Mate felt tip pen. They’re the best!
  • tissue paper cut into squares or rectangles
  • scissors
  • chocolate – I used Hershey’s Kisses, but you can use whatever you like
  • fresh iced coffee because you’re about to craft up a storm
Take a handful of chocolate and put it in your pocket – eat that later.
Enlist help. Whether it be a cat or a kid, they can help fill the bags.
Take a cello bag and scrunch up a few pieces of tissue paper to put at the bottom of the bag. Place a small handful of chocolate candies into each bag. I say small handful because you can fit a whole bag of Kisses into one cello bag.
Write on each of your paper squares (tags) “Merry ‘Kiss’mas from Billy” or whatever your kid’s name is. If you aren’t using Kisses then you can find something else that is cute to say. Like “I’m nuts about you!” if you’re using trail mix, “Twinkle All the Way”, “Thanks for being ‘sweet’ this year!”, you get the picture.
Cut 8′-10′ ribbon and put the tag on it. Tie a bow or a knot around the bag.

Ta-dah! Ya done! These toss nicely into backpacks and fit into mail boxes of neighbors.

Eat that chocolate you stashed away. Merry Christmas momma!

Here are the instructions if you are the type of person that scrolls past pictures to find the words they need 🙂

  1. Take a handful of chocolate and put it in your pocket – eat that later.
  2. Enlist help. Whether it be a cat or a kid, they can help fill the bags.
  3. Take a cello bag and scrunch up a few pieces of tissue paper to put at the bottom of the bag.
  4. Place a small handful of chocolate candies into each bag. I say small handful because you can fit a whole bag of Kisses into one cello bag.
  5. Write on each of your paper squares (tags) “Merry ‘Kiss’mas from Billy” or whatever your kid’s name is. If you aren’t using Kisses then you can find something else that is cute to say. Like “I’m nuts about you!” if you’re using trail mix, “Twinkle All the Way”, “Thanks for being ‘sweet’ this year!”, you get the picture.
  6. Cut 8′-10′ ribbon and put the tag on it. Tie a bow or a knot around the bag.
  7. Ta-dah! Ya done! This toss nicely into backpacks and fit into mail boxes of neighbors.
  8. Eat that chocolate you stashed away.

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