So I realized that I forgot to budget for thank- you presents for Addie’s Pre-K teachers. And forgetting to budget for something simply means that I snatch the food right out of my baby’s mouth, right? Well, not exactly.
I CANNOT go over budget this week because the following two weeks may even require extra money for gas to and from the beach, so if anything, I need to save money.
I will scrimp on groceries and the farmers market and allot $20 max for three teacher presents–not because I don’t value teachers and their families–on the contrary. I AM THE FAMILY! (Wow, that sounded way-mafioso, but you get my meaning, right?) So that means each present needs to be around $6.33.
And now for the stream of consciousness. . . I have to come up with something cheap and clever that I can give them that will say “thank you” and also not humiliate J, who has to continue working with them year after year. Additionally, there is sort of the hope that a teacher’s kid won’t give the loser present–like the “dollar store mug.” (I hope no offense intended if you have done this, but seriously every Christmas we get about a dozen new mugs stuffed with candy.) I don’t want it to be food. Or at least not food that implies they will sit around all summer packing on pounds.
And I don’t want it to be body lotion, candles, or toiletries. That is also stuff that is also over-gifted and oddly personal for some reason.
As a former teacher, I was thinking I perhaps a little vacation or “beach” bag filled with goodies. Like a beach read. And of course it would be lovely if I knew what they all read and could throw in a cute towel and a floppy hat, but we have $6.50 here, so . . . .
Our town has a Library Association Used Bookstore where you can get used books for $2 each. So I was thinking of getting them a gift card for a “beach read”. They could go pick out their own book. Then my mom offered to make up a cute little drawstring bag in beachy fabric. (She sews and does alterations–I recommend her highly. :))
Maybe also a nail polish and . . . . .? I’m going blank. Also a hypocrite since that probably counts as toiletry.
Maybe a mint plant with a recipe card for mint tea and mint juleps? Can I find a mint plant (and pot presumably) for around $3? Does anyone ever actually make the item in one of those do-it-yourself type gifts?
My mom suggested the dollar bins at Target where I could maybe get visors, but I hate to get visors just to fit the theme when in reality they would probably be filler and be thrown in a yard sale bin almost immediately. Wouldn’t they?
So, working around the “beach read” which I can get for $2 each (and support the Library Association), what should be the awesome and wowing remaining $4.33 worth of present?
I rely on you, my following (all three of you), to supply the answer. Also I need this present by Thursday noon. And I need to notify my mom to get sewing the bags if that is going to be part of it. So seriously, don’t just sit around reading my blog, SOLVE MY PROBLEMS! (No, I’m totally kidding, do sit around reading my blog)
And solve my problems. 🙂