Day 3: Sarahndipities shares a gift for a teacher

Hi!  I'm Sarah from Sarahndipities!  I'm so excited to be sharing this quick little project with you today!

My husband is a teacher.  He teaches the 5th grade.  Over the years he's brought home a lot of interesting gifts from students during the holidays:  body gel...cocoa...and even a stuffed animal or two!

But guess what?  The best gifts he's ever received are the ones he can actually use in his classroom.

I asked him once what the best thing to give a teacher was and he said, "A raise."

But after that he said, "Hand sanitizer...and tissues."

He knows all about germs.  He's surrounded by them all day long...especially at school.

So when I was trying to think of a teacher gift for kids to give their teachers this year that's what I immediately thought of.

But how to make it cute...and something that the kids could actually help with?

Well, here's what I came up with!  It's soooo simple, and the kids can help with most of it (unless you don't want them to come anywhere near a permanent marker...which I completely understand, believe me.)

Here's what you'll need:

-  A Smallish container of some kind...I used an empty French's Onions can, because it was already white and had a I have three of them left over from Thanksgiving meal preparations!
-  a couple packages of pocket sized tissues
-  a couple of sample size hand sanitizers
-  a bit of Christmas-y ribbon
-  a sharpie marker
First, remove the label from the container, and wash it don't want it to smell like french fried onions, after all.
 Next, use your sharpie marker to draw eyes and a smile on one side of the container...
 ...and to color the lid black (like a hat).
 Next, tie a piece of ribbon around the base of the container.  You might want to secure it with a dab of hot glue or a couple of glue dots if you feel so inclined.
 Lastly put the hand sanitizer and tissues into the container, and snap the lid back on!

I included a note on the back of this little guy that reads:  "We TISSUE a Merry Christmas, and a HANDY New Year!"

There are so many cute ways to dress up a simple gift like this, but my kids loved that this was an upcycled project that they could REALLY help with!

Handmade gifts are always if you are looking for some great handmade items, hop on over to my Handmade Holidays Shop Guide to check out some wonderful gifts ideas!

Thanks again to Tristin for inviting me to be a part of the fun!  Happy Holidays!! :)


  1. How cute! I never knew your husband was a teacher--how cool! My father-in-law teaches kindergarten . . . it's so neat to see male teachers in elementary school. I love this idea . . . very clever!

  2. Thank you so much for this idea. I've been looking for the perfect gift and this is it!

  3. Wow as a 4th grade teacher I would love to get this. It is so cute and can be used again and again. Great idea.

  4. Tell me some suggestion on how to present a gift for a baby apart from the clothes?


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