Teachers Gifts

It’s that time of year when we are putting together our holiday shopping lists. Some of the most important people on my list (besides of course my family) are my kids teachers. We’re blessed every year with the most amazing teachers so I want to put extra effort and though into their gifts. After all they do put up with my kids and many others all day long!

So for something different we wanted to put together a list of our top 5 picks for personalized gifts for those teachers who dedicate their life to teaching our kids. The best part is these are all from Canadian companies. In no specific order our picks are:

1. Juicy Red Apple Ornament from sunshineceramics on Etsy - $13

Made with earthenware clay, stamp a teacher’s name and then glaze the apple red with a green leaf and brown stem and then attach a pretty dark green organza ribbon for hanging. The ornament is also available in Sour Apple Green. They also make a very nice gift tag or wrapping decor for a special present or anyway you think to use them. Please note, they take 3-6 weeks so don’t wait long to order!

2. Personalized Pencils from Childish – $12

Emboss the teachers name in gold into the pencil available in many different colours and create their own personalized pencil set. They allow 30 characters so you can even include a short message like “Mrs. Smith – The Best Teacher!”

3. Book Labels from Mabel’s Labels - $16.95

Give a gift every teacher will use and help ensure their belongings will be returned back to them with these stylish, versatile labels. Please note, these labels are not waterproof. If their teacher is anything like me you can give any of the labels they sell and they would be happy. I use my sticky labels on everything from my iPhone to my stapler!

4. Personalized Notepads from Grace Announcements - $22

A great gift for any teacher, this apple notepad is a sure way to impress any paper lover. Perfect for writing a quick note, they are so handy you can use them to jot down ideas or write out your to do list.

5. Personalized Travel Mug from Kathy & Kim Originals – $30

They turn sensible, everyday items into adorable, must-have gear. They offer eco friendly water bottles, bags and accessories that are all personalized with names, sayings and designs that your kids teacher will love! Each piece is custom designed – simply choose your favourite colours, fonts and designs.

I love this time of year, it is full of conferences which means that I am busy creating new business card designs for the amazing people attending these events.

Here are a few of the new custom designs created.

Do you want to hand out a business card that truly reflects your style and you are proud of? Don’t settle for ordinary or bland business cards when you can create custom unique designs to leave lasting impressions with clients and associates. Do it in style with one of Grace Announcements exclusive business card designs. Set the right first impression with a business card from Grace Announcements. Our business cards are printed right here in Canada on thick and luxurious card stock that will leave a lasting impression with clients and business partners.

Our custom order process is easy, you will work one on one with your own personal designer who will take your vision and put it on paper. We do everything we can to ensure your ordering experience is stress free! We look forward to creating something unique just for you. You can personalize your card by adding your photo, logo and contact information.

Sleepaway CampAre your kids heading off to summer sleepaway camp this summer for the first time? We want to share some tips from ourselves and our fans to help make preparing everyone a bit easier.

Remember that you want to make this a positive experience for both so it is best to get your kids involved every step of the way. It will probably also help if they are a little aprehensive about being away from you 24hrs a day for anywhere from a week to the entire summer.

1. Check the camp’s website as most have a very thorough packing list to help make sure you don’t forget anything important.

When my son and I recently had an overnight experience at Muskoka Woods I realized that I never thought to bring any hand soap to wash our hands after using the little boys/girls room. I thought about shampoo and such but it never occurred to me that there would be no soap dispenser in the cabin washroom.

2. Involve your kids in the shopping and packing process.

Making shopping for camping supplies fun and allow them to pick what sleeping bag they want, it might help to make their time away from home more enjoyable as their space will feel more like theirs.  As a fan shared, having your kids help you pack is important so that they know what clothes or items belong to them.

3. Label every single item that they bring with them.

Just like having them help pack, the labels are extra important. You could have 10 kids in one cabin and it will become very easy for items to get mixed up between kids. We highly recommend Mabel’s Labels Camp Combo which includes everything you need so everything that leaves with your child comes home with your child. Don’t wait too long as it is a limited edition and only available until the end of June.

4. Don’t forget stationery to allow your child to document their adventure and keep in touch with you.

There are many items that you could pack like our personalized camp note cards to hopefully encourage them to write home. Stamp and address the envelopes to make it super easy for them. But we can’t promise that they won’t use them to ask you to come get them! Also include a special journal that they write about their adventures. It will be fun for them to look back through once they are back home.

One mom shared how parents can send a letter the week before their child leaves so that it is there waiting for them. Her mom did that when she went to camp for the first time, it made her feel so special as she was the only one who had mail on the first day and helped her feel more comfortable being away having that immediate contact. We think this is a great idea!

5. Pack a digital camera for your child and include a large memory card.

If you your child doesn’t already have their own camera we recommend buying one so that they can document all of their memories and new friends in photos. You can buy a disposable camera or a good digital camera for around $50.

6. Be sure to include your child’s “special thing”.

If your child has a favourite blanket or stuffed toy be sure to include that too. Don’t worry that they might be the only one, on our adventure 3 of the 4 boys in our cabin had their stuffed toy with them. This will help your child feel connected with home should they start getting homesick.

 

Do you have any tips to add? Did you go to sleepaway camp?

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Are your kids off to camp this summer?

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Here is a way for them keep in touch with personalized camp themed note cards. They will be wanting to send letters home to family and friends with our fun summer camp stationery. Suddenly sending updates from camp has never been more exciting. Pair these camp notes with our matching summer camp return address labels and your kids will be corresponding in “campy style”!

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