My daughter has Joyelle, Janae, and Sarah...her teachers whom she loves, adores and makes her smile every school day. The parents gather up money for a nice gift from the whole class, but we may want to get them a little something from our family too...something they will really like, but that doesn't cost too, too much. Sound familiar? You may have quite a few teachers (aka genius, patient mindshapers) to buy little remembrances for as well. For this Thursday Thrifty Throwdown, think outside the lunch box and beyond the "World's Greatest Teacher" mug. Try some of these cool gift ideas for under $20!
-- Survival Box. Help her survive anything. If she's a big bookworm, make a Saturday Reading Box, filled with a cute bookmark, cocoa mix, and fuzzy socks. If she loves spas, grab her some at-home spa fun like a candle, special foot-soaking bubbles, and cool nail polish.
-- Personalized stationary. This she may have a lot of, but for a reason: she uses it all of the time, for notes home and other correspondence. Check out sites like Vista Print that have really lovely choices like notepads, post-its, or folded cards you can personalize with her initial or name.
-- Box of Holidays. Replenish her classroom holiday décor with new items. Grab wall hangings and banners for all of the holidays: Valentine's Day, St. Patty's Day, Halloween, all of them! It's a gift you know she will use, yet probably doesn't buy for herself.
-- Cute jewelry. I love this one - it is from Missing Piece Studio, where they take old Scrabble tiles and decorate them and create jewelry to match any interest. From book covers to whimsical birds to music notes to funky cartoons, pick from a gazillion styles. Only $6.95 and it comes with an 18" chain.
-- Fortune keeper key chain. We all keep one or two of those fortune cookie fortunes. This key chain has a special acrylic sheet to cover that little piece of paper, yet display the prophecy for you to see.
-- Quote paperweights. Okay, these are more than $20, but I adore them. These small metal paperweights can keep her papers organized while reminding her (and her students) of some great big mantras. Choose from the five rules of happiness or an inspiration to follow those dreams.