When putting together gifts for teachers, co-workers (Ben's), or neighbors, I go for simple and usually something edible. For this month's Michaels Maker's challenge, I put together three easy gift ideas that I think send some holiday cheer.
I created gift labels from black card stock and wrote on it using a fine paint brush and calligraphy ink. Each present was topped off with glittery gold ribbon to give it that bit of holiday pizazz.
For the first gift idea, I thought it would be fun to give a set of star lights. Michaels has a few different star types, and the larger stars are my favorite. Twinkle lights always add such a festive vibe, so I thought this would make a wonderful gift. On the tag I wrote, "Oh starry night!" If giving this to a teacher, you could write "You deserve a star!" or "You're a star!" I changed out the original card stock store label that was in the box with the one I created from black card stock.
The second gift idea is to give a beautiful ornament. I saw these gem stone ornaments and thought they would be perfect with a tag that said, "Rockin' around the Christmas tree ..." I put the ornament in a craft box and it makes a simple, but stunning gift. You could also write, "You rock!" or "You're a gem!" on the tag to go with it.
Last, but certainly my typical go-to gift idea: get a pretty stocking and stuff it with chocolate! I would do a happy dance if someone gave this to me. I love this sparkly stocking Michaels had, and since they always have a nice assortment of chocolates on hand, I picked up a few, and voila! I have a gift ready to go. And of course, "The stockings were hung by the chimney with care ..." is what I wrote on the tag that went along with the gift.
There you go ... these simple gifts are perfect for their school teachers, dance instructors (music, karate, soccer, etc.), or neighborhood postal worker. You may not know those people really well, but you appreciate them and want to give them little something to let them know they are appreciated. These gifts and the messages that go along with them are fantastic for spreading that Christmas spirit!
Supplies for this project were provided as part of the Michaels Makers Series.
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