Yesterday was the last day of Sawyer's first year of preschool and tonight is his "graduation." Since his two teachers, Ms. Jen and Ms. Sher, have been SO fabulous this year, I have been thinking about what kind of teacher's gift I was going to give. Remember, of course, that this is my first foray into the world of teachers' gifts, but I knew that, as a maker, I wanted to give them something from my heart. Hopefully your budget for teacher's gifts is vastly larger than mine, but if not, you may agree with me that this design (not mine) fits the bill for sweet, not-too-expensive (even in Sterling wire), and not-too-hard to make.
Maybe you aren't that into hearts. Here are a few other fabulous pieces that I thought were great gift inspiration:
Or perhaps even:
Okay, so maybe that last one is a bit of a stretch. But, if Michael Boyd happens to be in your budget, that would be an excellent choice, I think!
Here's what I put together:
I used 18 gauge sterling silver for the bracelet and 20 gauge copper sheet to saw out the heart charms, which I then stamped with 1/16" letter and number stamps. The main differences from the original design is that I added some charms (like the fourth picture above) so that I could write the year, "Thank You," and personalize the bracelets. I also added some "squiggles" by the heart to make the bracelet somewhat adjustible. Sawyer's teachers happen to be petite and I was pretty sure their wrists were smaller than mine - but I had no idea how much.
Besides the bracelets (partially because I'm never sure how excited people will be to get handmade jewelry) I also got them each a bottle of hand lotion from my favorite lotion company, Thymes. They are SO creamy and have the most magnificent scents. I figured that'd be a winner, for sure.
So, do you think I did okay for my first year of teacher gift-giving? What do you all do for your teachers' gifts? How do you handle middle school and high school when the kids have so many teachers?
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