Easiest End of the Year Teacher Gift to Start Now

I’m usually scrambling at the end of each year to find a gift for our teachers. And when I think about all of the time, love, and effort these amazing people have put into my child’s life for nine months, it makes me wish I had thought ahead!

So here’s what I’m planning. I’m going to start now with a gift that’s meaningful, easy, affordable, and surely appreciated.

A memory keeper.

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This is a jar that will hold special memories from the year. And at the end, it will be wrapped and given to each teacher as their gift.

Both of my girls are super excited about this whole project. Our goal is to drop in a note at least once a week. It can be anything from their favorite lesson, funny story, or piece of wisdom that was shared by their teacher.

And we’re being relaxed (and realistic) about how often we’ll remember to do this. I told the girls if they forget a week, or don’t have anything specific to share, that’s totally fine. There might even be weeks they want to share more than one note. (Like the first two weeks of school!) I’m sure it will all work out, and these jars will be filled to the brim with cherished memories come time for 5th grade graduation. Sniffle.

Want to make one yourself? Here’s all you need…

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  • Glass jar: Large enough to contain a year’s worth of notes. You can even recycle something, like a large (and clean) Mason jar.
  • Label: I’m using a chalkboard label, but you could also use individual letters to spell out your message.
  • Maker: I have a chalk marker to write on my special label. (Remember when I used this for my mantel project last Christmas?!)
  • Paper scraps: We’re using bright colored paper so the jar will look festive when it’s finished. I found a pad of 4-inch square card stock from Hobby Lobby, which fits nicely in our container. Any scrap paper that’s trimmed neatly will work great.

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That’s it! Super easy, right? Oh, and we keep one for each teacher on the counter in our laundry room – which is a fairly high-traffic spot for us. 😉 That way they don’t become “out of sight out of mind.”

Have a great school year with your sweet kids, and here’s to making happy memories!!




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