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teacher appreciation!

teacher appreciation!


Ok, tomorrow is the last day of school here in Mesa at Las Sendas Elementary for my kids!! They are so excited, and I am finally having to face the reality of S U M M E R   vacation… what to do, what to do!! we have to get some plans, and routines in line quick so we don’t all freak out…. (ok, it’s really just me freaking out!)
Lots of us are in the same boat… time to think about the teachers… and the graduates in our lives!! The last couple of nights I have been playing with this HELLO TEACHER kit that Rhonna created to make some quick and cute little cards and tags…
I can’t tell you how much I APPRECIATE my kids teachers and administrators!! Of course, we sorta bombed in just about 7 weeks ago, and everyone totally bent over backwards to get the kids in and settled! Really, there is nothing that I can do for any of them to express my appreciation. So, I think that it’s the thoughtfulness, and expressing the appreciation… probably teachers are under-appreciated in general! Aren’t they just amazing!? My kids have really liked their teachers. But it’s really everyone at the school… they all know my kids: nurse, office ladies, cafeteria ladies… the recess aids and crossing guards…. ‘it takes a village’… and I am just so grateful..
For the office ladies and administrators I created these… cause they really do DESERVE chocolate!


For the kids’ teachers, I just got them some mindless reading (magazines) and $10 itunes cards… pretty token. I know that they are all doing something as ‘class’ gifts, so it’s nothing big.. but I think it’s good to know we care!  I made these little cards using the notes from the ‘hello teacher’ kit and cute kid faces… I did cut the faces out and put a little square a cardboard behind the faces… (can’t find my pop-dot stash yet- so annoying).


The ‘hello teacher’ kit comes w/ both the digital files as well as the PDF format print outs… SO CUTE!! I went a little crazy. These simple little ‘thank you’ cards print out on one 8 ½ x 11 page, and I will have my kids each write a little something…a SPECIFIC memory, and tuck a little photo in there.

I made this card for the pricipal of the school… she made special efforts for us, and I know she does for all the kids. Tough job. And she is awesome… I cut out a bunch of faces and an apple and then some of the note cards that are also included in the PDF printable…

Here are some other thoughts that teachers might enjoy:
Beach towel and sunscreen (time for them to hit the pool!)
Barnes and Nobel gift card
Movie tickets
Scented candle
Bath and Body Hand Sanitizer
Bubble Bath
Sidewalk Chalk
Restaurant Gift Certificate
Colored Sharpies


Last but NOT LEAST… I got these COOLING GEL EYE MASKS at Bath and Body Works.. and they are HEAVEN… I am NOT kidding. Ok, so I stay up too last most the time, and I wake up w/ puffy eyes… and in the past I have just put a little preparation-H under my eyes and it’s helped! But ever since I got this cooling eye mask, I put it on when I go to sleep and I have NO puffyness in the morning. it’s MAGIC!! Not to mention, it just feels FABULOUS! (right now they are on sale for $3. in the store BONUS)


Head over to www.houseof3.com and grab THIS
Picture 1

Pick up some Chocolate or gift cards or even just a magazine! And say T H A N K S!!!

do you have any great ideas for teacher gifts??
leave a comment… i am going to give away a "hello teacher" kit for free…

PS… one last little thing… i need a favor..
it's my friend Janet Hopkin's birthday today!! if you could pop over to her blog and give her a birthday wish, that would be AWESOME!!

p.s.s. if anyone saw the FIRST version of this post… with the big 'mis-spelled' word… i had to crop it out cause i was so embarrassed!! 8 of you caught MIS-SPELLED  words… pretty funny! DEB BESCHLE
  was the fir
st one to catch the "HOORAY" problem… congrats…. email me and i'll get you a FREE 'hello teacher kit"…
  • Tammy Perkins

    20 May, 2009 at 1:07 pm Reply

    The mistake is puffyness – should be puffiness – love your blog 🙂

  • Jamie {inspired mess}

    20 May, 2009 at 1:10 pm Reply

    Also should be “principal” 😉

  • Deb Beschler

    20 May, 2009 at 1:12 pm Reply

    Hi Heidi! Got one more small typo: “Hooray” not Horray. Love ya!!

  • Kim

    20 May, 2009 at 1:12 pm Reply

    I think the misspelling is “horray”…should be “hooray” 🙂 although you did mention that you stay up too last (late?), but I think that is just sleep deprivation 🙂

  • Lacy

    20 May, 2009 at 1:12 pm Reply

    Would that be the o in horray? Hurray!

  • Amy

    20 May, 2009 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Horray is supposed to be spelled hurray. Oh well, your teacher’s gifts are awesome!

  • Mary

    20 May, 2009 at 1:16 pm Reply

    Sorry to point it out, but it’s Hooray!!!or I suppose it could be ‘Hurrah’- I think that’s acceptable too!

  • stephanie

    20 May, 2009 at 1:17 pm Reply

    “Horray”, I caught it! 🙂 I’d probably do the same thing!

  • GingerB

    20 May, 2009 at 1:19 pm Reply

    I think its Horray also! 🙂
    cute gift ideas!

  • jennifer l

    20 May, 2009 at 1:19 pm Reply

    we get out tommorrow for the summer, too.

  • Nancy Lynn

    20 May, 2009 at 1:23 pm Reply

    Barnes and Nobel should be Noble…….. I also noticed the pricipal and puffyness. I love your blog. Nancy

  • Colleen F

    20 May, 2009 at 1:25 pm Reply

    You spelled pricipal, it is supposed to be principal. Puffyness should be puffiness, and finally horray can be either hurray or hooray, both spellings mean to express joy. By the way as a teacher I would love any of your thank you note cards. Thanks for remembering the teachers.

  • andi

    20 May, 2009 at 1:29 pm Reply

    Very nice, love the child face embellishments

  • horsegal

    20 May, 2009 at 1:31 pm Reply

    I am in the same boat, I have mess up spelling stuff tons of times.

  • Nancy Lynn

    20 May, 2009 at 1:55 pm Reply

    When you were talking about staying up too “last” most of the time……should be “late”. Nancy

  • johanna

    20 May, 2009 at 1:57 pm Reply

    oh- i missed it… but i’m very bad in spelling, it doesn’t metter if its english, swedish ore german…
    and we have ONE month left to go… untill “school out”, no… more… 6 weeks… not funny…
    have a nice day.

  • Angie Johnson

    20 May, 2009 at 2:07 pm Reply

    I love your blog! You are so down to earth. No worries about any spelling mistakes. I stay up too late also, between that and speed reading I would probaby never catch them. Thanks for the cute teacher ideas!

  • jennifer

    20 May, 2009 at 2:07 pm Reply

    I didn’t catch any typos… I’m an engineer and spelling was never my strong point… but I would love to win a teachers kit!

  • ronee

    20 May, 2009 at 2:08 pm Reply

    i love your blog..and ALL your mis spellings! It makes it more like you are just talking..my blog is full of errors..oh well!
    enjoy summer..thanks for the ideas..i do like to get them pedis..it makes for a small gesture while means MILLIONS!

  • Crystal

    20 May, 2009 at 2:40 pm Reply

    Great kit and some really great suggestions…now I know what my kids’ teachers are getting next week. Thanks!

  • Debbie

    20 May, 2009 at 2:43 pm Reply

    Thank you for this post, it has lots of great ideas. What an adorable kit!

  • Shelly

    20 May, 2009 at 3:04 pm Reply

    I also like to give teacher’s gift cards to Target – because who doesn’t love Target? It’s also fun to give them tickets to something (ex. an MLS game for the soccer fan or MLB for the baseball nut…)Another treat idea is a sun tea jar filled with different packages of teas/mixes.

  • Adrian V.

    20 May, 2009 at 3:11 pm Reply

    I’ve done Michael’s gift cards, personalized journals and candy!

  • Jenny Alfonso

    20 May, 2009 at 3:31 pm Reply

    I love giving Target gc’s. It’s so easy and everybody loves Target!

  • Valerie

    20 May, 2009 at 3:35 pm Reply

    Oh I really liked the magazine idea…very cute. I might just copy that idea and attach a gc (I’ll probably do a Starbucks or something). Thanks for the fresh ideas!!

  • kris

    20 May, 2009 at 4:00 pm Reply

    i always have each child write a thank-you for being my teacher note and enclose it in a hand-made ceramic tile that i paint a monogram on or a set of coasters…because we all know teachers need a stiff one after the school year is over!!

  • michelle

    20 May, 2009 at 4:09 pm Reply

    Love the cards (how do you get the words in the bubble?) A good teacher idea is to cover a clipboard from staples in some fun paper add some ribbon…the teachers love these.

  • Jaime Benavides

    20 May, 2009 at 4:10 pm Reply

    Love your ideas, of course! They’re awesome…Can’t wait to get this cute kit! Question, though. What width is the tulle that you use in your projects? I’ve been wanting to purchase some and I noticed they have it in 3″, 6″ and so on, so I was just curious…Thanks, Heidi;)

  • Angie

    20 May, 2009 at 4:14 pm Reply

    Love this kit….it is too cute. If I don’t win, I still plan on purchasing it! Fun stuff.
    My favorite thing to do to thank the teachers is to personalize clipboards. The teachers I have done these for in the past have LOVED them!!
    Thanks for a chance to enter!

  • Kim Brown

    20 May, 2009 at 4:35 pm Reply

    How about a pedicure!!! Wouldn’t that just feel great after being on your feet 9 months out of the year?

  • Robin A.

    20 May, 2009 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Well, first of all I’m a teacher myself and you are so thoughtful to even think about doing all of these things for them! Maybe I should move to AZ so I can have a Swapp kid in my class? (wink) Either that or you can send the memo to my kid’s parents! 🙂
    Gift idea – a massage! Ok…so that’s a little expensive! We can dream though, right?
    Robin – Dallas, TX

  • Cindy

    20 May, 2009 at 4:43 pm Reply

    I always love to give a pot of Gerber Daisies. So cheerful and fun!

  • Amy Coose

    20 May, 2009 at 5:15 pm Reply

    I am a teacher, so I always make sure to let my kids’ teachers know how much I appreciate all they do for my kids. I always give a GC to their fave store, but I love the mag idea!
    Thanks for the chance to win this fab set!

  • Jeannine B.

    20 May, 2009 at 5:28 pm Reply

    One of the mom’s at our school collects money from the class, then purchases a really pretty outdoor hanging plant. She then takes the rest of the money (gets one dollar bills) and creates dollar bill “butterflies” that she attaches all over the plant. It turns out so cute – and I’m sure the teacher appreciates the cash – and the plant!

  • Rebecca

    20 May, 2009 at 5:58 pm Reply

    Love the ideas. My oldest starts school later this year so for his preschool teachers I have made cards with this quote I read somewhere.
    “A hundred years from now it will not matter the sort of home you lived in, the kind ofcar you drove or what type of clothes you wore…
    but the world will be different because you were important in the life of a child.”

  • Stefani Meyer

    20 May, 2009 at 6:10 pm Reply

    My next door neighbor’s last name is Horray! I always love it! Even though it’s not the exact spelling I feel like it’s like a party everyday for him! LOL!

  • LenaS

    20 May, 2009 at 6:27 pm Reply

    Today is my son’s b-day. Lost him yrs ago. Grateful for a religious, kind, all-day K teacher who took my youngest son under her wing and was there for him while his mom was dealing with grief. Then i went to work for her a year later.
    Here’s something she told me she loves to receive as a gift:
    COLLECTIONS OF HOMEMADE CARDS that she can use to write notes to parents, etc. Many teachers don’t have time to make those but they like to send a personal touch to others…it gives them creative ideas as well.

  • alise

    20 May, 2009 at 6:43 pm Reply

    I love gift cards for the teachers like Dunkin Donuts, Target or Barnes and Noble………. enjoy summer vacation!!!!!

  • Regina Jones

    20 May, 2009 at 6:46 pm Reply

    that kit is too cute…love what you did with it. I made a little acrylic/chipboard album for my sons teacher with photos of the class that I have taken this year.

  • Shannon Cummins

    20 May, 2009 at 7:42 pm Reply

    Awesome projects… Teachers love gift cards, I know because I am one…

  • Michelle A.

    20 May, 2009 at 7:45 pm Reply

    what an adorable set! awesome gifts too… I like to give gift cards or pretty a notecard set….thanks for the tip on the cooling eye masks…off to get some 😉

  • miss h

    20 May, 2009 at 7:46 pm Reply

    School’s out already??? I still have another month to think about teacher’s appreciation gifts, but I’m liking the Hof3 kit a lot.

  • Katie

    20 May, 2009 at 7:49 pm Reply

    I like to give movie tickets. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  • Brynn

    20 May, 2009 at 7:50 pm Reply

    Remember the bus drivers too! I think I’m gonna put a Subway gift card in-the teachers are getting stationary, I love the chocolate idea for the front office gals-maybe stamp or wrap some patterned paper around it?! We’ll see…..

  • Erika

    20 May, 2009 at 7:51 pm Reply

    Here’s my teacher gift idea: I’m making altered lunch boxes with big flowers on the front. Inside will be a file system of sorts that acts as a “Teacher’s Assistant.” Tabs will include the following headings: email addys, website addys, substitute teacher info, ideas for field trips/special events, stickers, etc. and I’m going to also include a gc for Dairy Queen or some other yummy ice cream place. Cuz, it’s summer and who doesn’t love ice cream!!!!!!

  • april jaehn

    20 May, 2009 at 8:05 pm Reply

    Hello ms. Swapp, I love Erika’s idea of the altered lunch box!! Very cute: )
    My little one is finishing lower elementary in the Montessori program and I’ve been wondering what to do. Thank you for the kick in the pants : )

  • b

    20 May, 2009 at 8:13 pm Reply

    I bake cookies, and put little toppers on the bags. They are usually a hit, and because I make soooo many, they turn out pretty cheap, too!

  • tracy

    20 May, 2009 at 8:25 pm Reply

    Ok, I think I read so fast, I miss the typos!
    Love these ideas. I just made a cookbook for teacher appreciation week. Friday I need to give her a bday gift from the class and then June 4, a class gift for the end of the year. Have you guessed that I am the room mom?!

  • Deborah

    20 May, 2009 at 8:35 pm Reply

    For my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher, we are giving her a sweet note to let her know how great she has been all year. Also, a little picture frame from Michael’s, some makeup bags that will come in handy when she travels this summer, 2 OPI nail polishes that came in a cute little pink case (they were Mother’s Day specials at Ulta so I thought they would be great teacher gifts) and a decoupaged clipboard. I got everything on sale or used a coupon and then decorated the clipboard.

  • Karen

    20 May, 2009 at 8:38 pm Reply

    I’m doing an 8×8 album for our teacher with 2 pages from each child. I sent the papers and insructions home with each child so we can give it to her on the last day of school!

  • Amy S.

    20 May, 2009 at 8:39 pm Reply

    A the wife of a teacher I an tell you end of year gifts are better than teacher Christmas gifts any day. In his career so far, he must have received at least 20 apple X-mas ornaments and the ever popular Christmas mug with a packet of cocoa in it! Before digital I would always give film to teachers now, I too go for the Target cards

  • Lola

    20 May, 2009 at 8:51 pm Reply

    Glad you are back in the States. For my Granddaughter’s teacher I’m having her a Memory Book made at Kodak. I just hope it arrives by Friday our last day of school
    Just wondering if anyone does anything for the high school teachers (I did when my girls were in school) but now they are teachers and they very seldom get gifts.

  • Christine

    20 May, 2009 at 9:01 pm Reply

    I love the sweet little faces on the projects. Every year we give a Summer journal with a GC to an Ice Cream shop inside.

  • ~Kim

    20 May, 2009 at 9:31 pm Reply

    I had no idea what to get my little girl’s teachers so I ended up with beautiful potted Zinnias and then I made little cards and attached them to dowel rods and stuck them in the arrangement. I used a scalloped circle punch and made flowers to go on the card and then wrote “Thanks for helping me grow”.
    They loved them!

  • Ashleigh

    20 May, 2009 at 10:21 pm Reply

    Just the kit and inspiration I need. I will for sure be doing something similar!

  • sheri L

    20 May, 2009 at 10:42 pm Reply

    I gave my son’s teacher a PBA free sun tea jar with lemon-aid mix and some great reading material. I found glasses with a chalk area to write your name on them at Pier One. What teacher doesn’t love their chalk board?! I love summer!

  • Julie W

    21 May, 2009 at 4:36 am Reply

    Love your ideas and the kit! I usually give a homemade card and a gift card. You have definitely given me some things to think about as the last days of school approach. Thanks!!

  • Terry

    21 May, 2009 at 6:15 am Reply

    cute gift ideas Heidi!

  • Irene

    21 May, 2009 at 6:33 am Reply

    Love the ideas. What a great way to so appreciation!

  • PatriciaA

    21 May, 2009 at 6:36 am Reply

    I usually like to give gift cards to the local supermarkets.

  • Irene

    21 May, 2009 at 6:36 am Reply

    Oh, I didn’t do that on purpose–as a show of solidarity. I think I was just typing too fast and had too much on my mind (your post got my creative juices flowing). It should say “show your appreciation” not “so your appreciation.” See, we are all human…

  • Katie

    21 May, 2009 at 7:22 am Reply

    Well this is great. I’m always looking for teacher gifts. Our district has a strict policy on “nominal” gifts. These are great creations. They work so nicely.

  • Liz Hagage

    21 May, 2009 at 8:24 am Reply

    hi Heidi i emailed you a picture of my teacher gifts a couple days ago 🙂 i hope you got it

  • Melissa

    21 May, 2009 at 8:40 am Reply

    A flower in a pot that a teacher can take home and plant is always a nice gift!

  • Debby

    21 May, 2009 at 9:11 am Reply

    Probably not as fun as the other suggestions. But, our schools are tight on money. Teachers WILL be paying for supplies out of thier pockets. If every student gave the teacher a $5 office supply store gift card. It would come to about $100. WOW! I know that every teacher would be super excited for the assistance.

  • Dedra Long

    21 May, 2009 at 11:06 am Reply

    Super cute ideas!
    This year was all about giving the teacher’s gift cards!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Marty

    21 May, 2009 at 11:18 am Reply

    as a teacher the best gift I could receive is a hand written note from the child or the parent. i enjoy the gift cards, but I keep those notes forever!

  • Candace

    21 May, 2009 at 12:59 pm Reply

    1st off. Love this blog!
    I used to be a preschool teacher and 1 year I received a water cooler (w/the spout at the bottom) filled w/those re-usable ice cubes (lemon shaped, I think) w/a packet of chrystal light. It was cute.
    So, now, for teacher appreciation week and/or the end of the year gift I give a version of that. I bought some very cool plastic tumblers and filled them w/individual packets of crystal lite to go w/re-usable ice cubes and some cool re-usable straws.
    This year, I went to Pier 1 and bought their re-usable bag (fun, bright color and only cost $3.00) put a beach towel in it (2/$10 at TJMaxx) and bought their tumblers (4/$5) and filled those w/crystal light packets and also went to dollar store and got some fun ice cube trays. I have 2 kids and by the time I divide the bulk items up and have some left over tumblers for bus drivers. It’ll come out to be a reasonable gift.

  • Candi Ladwig

    21 May, 2009 at 9:03 pm Reply

    Are the fonts used on your cards available to download or can you let us in on what fonts you used? I am referring to the “Relax have a great summer” card. Thanks 🙂

  • Veronica

    22 May, 2009 at 6:19 am Reply

    I have decorated new paint cans and filled them with cookies….or a summer survival kit for teachers (dollar store sunglasses, sunscreen, magazine, bag of chips or so….)

  • kat-in-texas

    22 May, 2009 at 2:43 pm Reply

    What’s the name of the fu-fu font you’re using on these? (and the day before too) Love it!!!

  • Kimberly

    22 May, 2009 at 4:54 pm Reply

    Wow, those are so cute and inspiring!!!! I am working on a few teacher gifts too. Our last day of school here in NV is the 29th!
    I’d love it if you stopped by my blog, I’m having my 1 year blogaversary!!! Not to mention a giveaway!!!

  • Michelle

    22 May, 2009 at 10:48 pm Reply

    Some awesome ideas!! I think I will totally use the card/chocolate idea! And I am going to snag the recipe book idea and scrap it and add some pictures of the kids to the recipes. Going to send out the email tomorrow!
    I think my final package will be: chocolate, recipe book, starbucks card, and something pooh (she collects pooh). For the kindy teacher.
    I don’t know how/what to do for the 3rd grade teacher. I need to figure out who the room mom is for that class (there hasn’t been anything that I have seen from that mom).
    What would you do for middle and high school teachers and office staffs? (that could get VERY spendy for me!

  • jane

    23 May, 2009 at 4:52 pm Reply

    I am a teacher — I have to say I LOVE the sharpie idea, that is brilliant. I think I might do that for my own kids’ teachers! Can’t wait ’til Creative Escape!

  • Michelle Aguilar

    24 May, 2009 at 2:27 pm Reply

    you are just so awesome with or without mis spelled words. I hope you like your shirt and had a great Mother’s day!
    yes I will go and say HB to Janet as she taught us last year at CE.
    do you ever get the time to read your comments? just wondering cuz something you have gobs. LOL
    get some rest in your busy life!

  • Michelle Aguilar

    24 May, 2009 at 2:32 pm Reply

    oh I know, as duh I read this and now found the typo, you typed about staying up last but, I think you met late but, last is the last one in your family to stay up late, so maybe you meant to say that. LOL
    Life is fun huh?
    you could always find typos in my emails especially but, I am writing a book, so none there. When I write letter being professional, i do a great job also. LOL
    take care

  • Lori S.

    7 June, 2009 at 1:56 pm Reply

    I just wanted to show you my Teacher Gift Idea for this year! It turned out so cute and I knew you would love it because it was yellow…(I too have been twitterpated over yellow this season!!) Anyway, I am always looking for clever ideas and I know you are too! Here is the link…hope you like it!

  • Debbi Clouser

    8 June, 2009 at 8:19 am Reply

    Oh my goodness – I think there are a lot of teachers reading this post and they’re catching all the spelling mistakes! Love your post and all the great ideas.

  • Lisa Smusz

    11 June, 2009 at 12:03 pm Reply

    Super cute ideas! Thanks for Sharing.
    I’ve made these “Teacher’s Night Off” kits for several years now and the teachers always love them and say they actually use them (they don’t need another coffee mug with an apple folks!) 🙂
    See full posting for Instruction Card, Photos, and full description: http://slackerlifeguide.blogspot.com/2009/06/slacker-suggestion-4-saying-thank-you.html
    1. Buy the following supplies: Popcorn boxes (from a party store or theatre concession stand), box of microwave popcorn, boxes of movie style candies (I got Jr. Mints, etc at Safeway), Gift Cards for local video store or Netflix, pkg of yellow tissue paper, and “best teacher” ribbon or button.
    2. Unfold the popcorn boxes and place yellow tissue in with edges sticking up. Fill with 1 box of candy, 1 video club gift card, 1 bag of microwave popcorn and “best teacher” ribbon or button.
    3. Fill out the “Teacher’s Night Off” instruction gift card (doc is posted on this blog for your use) and secure instruction card to gift or tuck inside. Write name of teacher on popcorn box.

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