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connieg 11-09-2005 03:39 AM

parent gifts for Christmas
Hi all,

One of my biggest stressors is coming up with no/low cost gifts for the parents for Christmas. I changed grade levels so now my old trusted craft is out the window. Any good ideas? (sorry about thinking about this in Nov.)

Tylana 11-09-2005 06:23 AM

What grade level?
You told us you changes, but what grade do you teach?

In the past, I have done:

Pillowcases, bath salts, calendars, lip gloss (sisters), goop (brothers), candles, picture frames.

Connieg 11-11-2005 03:19 AM

for second grade
I'm looking for gifts for the kids to make for their parents. Thanks.

DJ/SC 11-11-2005 05:00 PM

I'm impressed! How'd you make lip gloss?

Marilyn B. 11-12-2005 05:17 AM

I did this for Father's Day, but it would work for any gift giving occasion. I had kids make photo frames from CD jewel cases. My husband keeps his music CDs in a padded case, so he has no use for the plastic containers. Your recycling center may provide some, too.

Decorate the inside with a drawing or painting, leaving an opening for the photo. You can also use T-shirt paints that come in those little squeezy tubes. Open the case and apply lines, dots, squiggles, etc., being sure to leave an open area for the photo. Close the case (painted side down) until the paint dries. This will take about twelve hours.

You can use their school pictures, or take new ones with a digital camera. The finished photo frame will stand alone when open, or attach magnet strips to the back for displaying on a fridge or file cabinet. Making the frames is a great way to save money and landfill space.

Tylana 11-14-2005 12:51 PM

Kid concoctions
I got the idea from a kid concoctions book and it si easy and inexpensive too.

You take 2 TBSP of crisco (plain, not butter) and mix it with half a package of kool aid mix (not sugared). Then I put mine in those little ketchup containers that have lids (I get mine at GFS). Microwave it for a few seconds till it melts. Let it harden and you have lip gloss. The kids love it and it gives them something special to give to their siblings too.

Just a hint. I always let my kids make a batch for themselves. Girls make a lip gloss and boys make goop. If you don't, the sibling never gets the gift because the kids keep them.

DJ/SC 11-15-2005 06:37 PM

Neat, Tylana!
Thanks so much for sharing! Your students must adore you for your creativity. Have a great week.:s)

tish 11-15-2005 08:01 PM

I got one for you
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tish 11-15-2005 08:03 PM

sorry I did not finish the site address

Illinois Packer Fan 11-24-2005 12:15 PM

Parent gifts
Each year my students make calendars for their parents. On Word or Appleworks I print out calendar pages for each month of the upcoming year. I leave white space at the top of each page for a drawing that the kids can do for each month. The kids design each page of the calendar. Then we bind them in our plastic binding machine. One year it was broken and we used staples. The parents love them and it costs us nothing. I have always received positive comments about this special gift from the heart.

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