Creative Teacher Gifts (Budget Friendly too) ~ I can honestly say I have loved all of JRB’s teachers. but this year, Mrs Smith was simply the best. Not only did she help her students learn to read, write and multiply, but she taught them to be curious, creative and thoughtful. In many ways, Mrs Smith was my teacher too as she helped reignite my passion for giving JRB a well-rounded and grounded childhood that goes beyond just sports and grades. I was thinking about this a few weeks ago as the end of the school year drew near; How could I show Mrs Smith my gratitude and honor her as a teacher? After a little brainstorming with my co-room parent, Brittany, we came up with the idea of painting the town with gratitude. I sent all the parents a copy of a black and white flyer that I had made and asked them to print it out and hang it up at their local coffee shops, restaurants, book stores, etc. Then Brittany and I strategically placed several more flyers in deliberate places which we included in a treasure hunt we gave to her the last day of school. The kids loved that we gave their teacher a “homework assignment” (she needed to follow the clues and find the flyers and we loved that we gave her something unique that she will treasure for years to come. Here’s a photo of the treasure hunt which the kids read to her the last day of school along with a framed photo of the flyer at a local grocery store. For the other teachers (music, art, gym, etc) I got a little less creative and settled for Starbucks gift cards. Not so special, I know but they are utilitarian. To up the “cute” factor, I placed them in clear bags, added a a card made of decorative paper scraps and then added a ribbon and a monogram sticker. These stickers rock as they add a touch of elegance to any gift and as long as you don’t have too many friends with names that start with the same initial, you can use one pack (&5.99 at Michaels) for years to come.