MyShtub Guest Post – DIY Teacher’s Gift

Written by chanie on June 8th, 2012

I’m so excited to have Sheva from over at MyShtub, guest posting on my blog. With her magnificent photography and fun spirit, Sheva takes you on a journey of life’s trials and triumphs. She is an amazing mom of 3, a talented crafter and an avid do-it-yourselfer. At the forefront of her blog is her adorable daughter Rozie, who just happens to have down syndrome. Her real life photography helps to break the stereotypes of down syndrome, and you can’t help but just fall in love with her rosy little Rozie :)

Hi this is Sheva from MyShtub and I’m so excited to be guest posting here on Busy in Brooklyn. Since the school year is coming to an end, most of us are scrambling to find that perfect gift to say thank you to your child’s teacher. In my son’s school we usually do a group gift from all the parents, but I was a Morah for years, and know how hard they work, so I like to give a little something special just from us. Since I usually don’t want to spend a ton, especially if I contributed to the class gift, I came up with something perfect for most budgets.

What you need to create this summer fun strawberry-lemonade fizz gift package

1. Plastic drink dispenser (I got this one at Target for $5)
2. One bottle of sparkling water
3. One container of strawberry lemonade mix ( Country Time brand was OU)
4. Twine or ribbon
5. Wooden spoon
6. Scrap fabric

The first thing I did was choose a color theme. I’m currently obsessed with the aqua salmon color combo and decided to go with it. I made all my labels first and printed them on cardstock *. I also covered the bottle lid with a scrap piece of fabric and tied it with twine. Next, I poured Strawberry-Lemonade mix into a cellophane goody bag, rolled the top down, and stapled a label to hold the bag shut. Lastly, I made a recipe card with a small thank you note.

Strawberry –Lemonade Recipe:

Mix the fizzy water with the powder mix in the canister. Add fresh lemon and strawberry slices. Enjoy!

Once the items are all ready I put them inside the canister with a couple of lemons. I tied it up with twine, the recipe card, and wooden spoon. Voila! A perfect thank you gift for under $10!

*I designed my labels in Photoshop but they can easily be done with scrapbook paper and hand written labels.

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  1. These are such a great idea. I love the colors and summery feel. These would be great for a BBQ or picnic

  2. Tamar Genger says:

    This is so cute, I would love to get this as a gift from someone.

  3. Melissa says:

    This is so cute! Would be great idea for shalach manos!

  4. I love the personalized labels! I’m trying to get myself more in to personalizing my gifts for people. And I want that strawberry lemonade mix!!

    • chanie says:

      I love personalizing gifts. Especially for teachers. I feel like they spend all year doing arts and crafts with my kids, it’s the least I can do!

  5. Hindy says:

    I love this idea! I am still trying to figure out what to do for my kid’s teachers.

  6. Victoria says:

    A friend of mine was searching for gifts for her daughter’s teacher and these are wonderful!! Can’t wait to share them with her! Thanks for the post!

  7. Fashion-isha says:

    These are so pretty :)
    Good Shabbos!
    xo
    Sharon

  8. Sarah says:

    These are adorable. Some people are truly talented and gifted in DIY and crafting, and I am a teensy bit jealous of them in the best way!

  9. Jessica says:

    so cute! as a teacher, i would love receiving this!

  10. Nechama says:

    What a fun idea! Wish high school students gave gifts, too…

  11. Jamie Geller says:

    Sheva – I recently discovered your beautiful blog – thank you for opening up your heart and your life to the world. I want to bookmark this post for inspiration for Purim next year. Since you were a morah can I ask an etiquette question? if one gives a special/personalized chanukah gift AND contributes to the class end of the year gift – do you think a special/additional personal gift is in order for the end of the year?

    • sheva says:

      That is a hard question. I will tell you this, as a teacher i never expected anything fancy a card was simply nice enough. A Morah works very hard and a good Morah thinks about your child day and night. I personally think this deserves a big thank you. I once had a mom who was always bringing me little gifts a sleeve of fresh baked cookies a salad for lunch that day. It was her way of saying thank you and i truly appreciated the gesture. So to answer your question no i dont think you need to buy or make an extra gift but maybe a personalized thank you card with your child’s top 10 favorite things from her class will be genuinely cherished.

  12. Susan Pregizer says:

    Love the Chanukah version of the “countdown to Xmas”. I am Catholic but my husband’s mom was Jewish, and I am trying to throw a little bit of culture and meaning about their grandma’s heritage. She died long before I met my husband.

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