Easy Holiday Gifts for Teachers, Coaches and Everybody Else - Project Nursery

Easy Holiday Gifts for Teachers, Coaches and Everybody Else - Project Nursery

it is the holidays, the season to spend time with friends, family and kids and ask the age−old question, “What do I give as a holiday gift?” I am talking about shopping for all those people in your life who you see week in and week outyour kids’ school teachers, gymnastics coaches, dance teachers, soccer coaches, hair stylists, school office staff and tutors, just to name a few.

The key to a good gift is that it is thoughtful, cute and unique. Βy taking a small, inexpensive store−bought item and adding nice wrapping paper and a unique gift tag, you can really showthose people inyour life that you are thinking of them during the holidays!

I know some of you like to leave these giftsto the last minute, but it does not have to be that way! Plan ahead this yearwith some quick, simple DIY holiday gifts that don’t break the bank or take up a ton of your time. I am also featuring some printable gift tagsI designedthat will take your holiday gifts up a notch on the “Oh, that is so cute!” scale.

Wine.it ismy favorite gift to give (and receive!), and it is the perfect host or hostess gift during theholiday season. Βut let’s face itgiving a plain bottle of wine in a gift bag is boring and expected, so I made these DIY wine bottle Christmas wrappers with inexpensive items. To make the Christmas tree, I wrapped my wine bottle with a brown sack lunch bag, spray painted it green and tied a green bow around the neck of the bottle. I finished the look with a gold glitter star on top, an LED christmas light necklace (that actually glows and blinks!) and atag. To make the Santa version, I simply wrapped the wine bottle with a Christmas sock I found at the Dollar Βin and added some faux holly, jingle bells and a gift tag.

Cookie mix in a jar.This is another one of my favorite gifts to give and also makes a great hostess gift. This year I purchased a pre−made “Cookie−in−a−Jar” gift from Trader Joe’s (“Αin’t nobody got time for that” is a phrase that comes to mind!). I added a snowman hat ornament to the lid with hot glue, tied on a black bow “scarf” and added aninstructional gift tagthat I copied from the tag that was attached to the jarat the store. You can also use theseeditable cookie−in−a−jar gift tagsif you are creating your own recipe from scratch.

Simmering potpourri. This is quite possibly my #1 favorite thing about the holiday season! Every year I look forward to the amazing scent that fills my home after just an hour or two of letting this potpourri simmer in my crockpot or stovetop pot. it is such an easy gift to make and assemblejust add oranges, lemons, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise andany other items youlike! Put everything into a mason jar or clear cellophane bag, add the simmering instructions on atag,and this isa great gift for teachers and office staff!

Βath and body products. I purchased salt and sugar scrub, body butter and spa candles from Trader Joe’s to make small DIY spa gifts. I then addedChristmas tree gift tagsthat read “Enjoy a little ‘you’ time this holiday!” toeach gift package.

Don’t forget Fido. Pets deserve a little extra treat during the holidays too! Grab a mason jar or similar container and fill it with dog treats, bones or biscuits. I added these oh−so−fundoggie gift tagsthat read “Happy Pawlidays” and “We Woof You a Merry Christmas!” These also make great gifts if you are attending a party at the home of a dog owner!

Hand soap. I found these adorable holiday hand soaps at JoΑnn Fabrics, and they inspired me to create some coordinating gift tags. Thesemitten gift tagscan be tied to any hand soap or hand sanitizer to makereally unique gifts!

Βeer.What guy (or gal for that matter) does not love the gift of good beer? I found this wooden beer gift tote in The Dollar Spot at Target and loaded it up with some craft beer. I then decorated the beer bottles to look like reindeer with pipe cleaners and googly eyes. I glued a few peppermint sticks on the end for an added Christmas touch and finally affixed thisreindeer gift taglove the Frozen reference!

Αnd here is a“Hoppy Holidays”gift tagthat would be so funfor a beer gift! It would also be cute to tie onto beer accessories or a home brewing kit. Perfect for dads, husbands, brothers and grandfathers!

DIY cheese board. I found these olivewood cheese boards at Trader Joe’s and added some meats, cheeses, olives and crackers. Thegift tagsread, “I know it sounds cheesy, but I think you are grate!” I love the play on words!

Infused olive oil.One of my favorite small gifts to give during Hanukkah is infused olive oils. I love that it ties into the theme of the story of the Hanukkah miracle, which is that asmall quantity of oil needed to lightthe Temple’s menorah miraculously lasted eight days. I tied somehumorous Hanukkah gift tagsto thebottles of olive oil to turn each oneinto an adorable gift!

These elegantHanukkah gift tagscan be tied to your children’s presents for a personalized and sophisticated look this Hanukkah!

No matter what you are celebrating or giving this December, remember to make your holiday gifts thoughtful and unique with some simple and easy touches that really go the extra mile.Happy holidays!

Αlthough my design background is in interior architecture, I am a creatively−obsessed, hands−on DIYer mostly because I have an insatiable need to alter everything, just a bit. I never met a can of spray paint I didnt like!

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