After the great ideas for teacher appreciation gifts posted in the comments here I got all inspired. I was going to do whip up some wing-dinger gifts for the teachers we love so much.
But then life got in the way: I needed to be in one classroom or another I swear every single day. Lucy spilled our whole syrup dispenser full of syrup all over the kitchen. My sister-in-law came to town. And so did one of my best friends from high school. (Both visits were so fun...more on that later.) I stayed up for two nights in a row trying to finish my book club book, and then proceeded to walk around in a fog because I could hardly see straight I was so tired. (In case you can't tell, I'm hanging by a thread.)
So, we opted for our usual gift cards. But this year we added an extra touch a few people suggested: a personalized note from each of our kids to their teachers telling them specific things they loved about them. For this year that'll have to do (and I do think gift cards are a great gift).
Next year I'm want to do this idea from Mirien:
We have an annual teacher appreciation dinner at our house. Each child invites their teacher (and spouse if they have one). We have a nice dinner and we usually play a fun group game. The teachers always seem to appreciate it and we have many good memories. Next week we're hosting our 10th dinner!
...although that's a LOT of teachers if you count Lu's three, Claire's two, Max's seven, etc....hmmmm. We'll see, but I love that idea.
Anyway, I digress.
The reason I'm posting this is because sweet Jacquelyn from The Silver Maple who sent me this beautiful necklace here a while back suggested necklaces for teacher gifts...and is even willing to do a give-away for it!
I'm thinking that's a pretty nice plan.
Even if it's too late for you (like it is for me) to order something for teachers before school gets out in your neck of the woods, I'm sure YOU deserve a necklace for making it to the end of the year too.
I personally think I need this one:
And this is one that she made for my friend for Mother's Day except that she substituted the word "runner" for "teacher," which, yeah, makes a great teacher gift.
And I love this one: Jacquelin will let the winner basically choose and customize their necklace choice once she knows who it is. (I'll announce the winner on Saturday morning.) I am SO excited for whoever wins!
So, whether it's for you or some wonderful teacher in your life, leave a comment to be in the drawing to win one of these beauties.