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Old 12-06-2015, 04:53 PM
 
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I need good, creative ideas for co-worker gifts that wot break the bank and are something that won't just go in the trash! Any ideas, I am completely drawing a blank on this!


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how about Teacherspayteachers (tpt) gift cards which you can get right on their site?

Box of chocolates (who doesn't LOVE chocolate???)

Something home made (I don't cook so I won't be giving out anything like that)

A nice candle from Bath and Body works (not really creative, but they have aweome sales)

Do you have a chocolate store near you.. the kind that makes choc for teachers, coaches, etc?

A mug filled with choc kisses or some other candy (or even a water bottle?)

a Movie gift card?

A gift card to a local pizzeria near the school

A nice clipboard with a pad attached
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One year I made homemade vanilla. It was pretty easy and so good! I also like to make toffee. Very easy and always tastes good. And I don't cook so that's saying something!
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We live literally in the middle of no where, so it needs to be something not a gift card since we have very few stores here, I also need to afford 16 of them, because the tradition is to give all teachers and aides in my building something. Thanks for the ideas!!
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Old 12-06-2015, 05:29 PM
 
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One year I made Santas out of wooden spoons, acrylic paint (red, peach, black), white pom-poms. I got the spoons at the Dollar Store. Short one work better than the longer ones. You paint the spoons red. At the top of the stem, glue a white pom-pom. You paint the face on the bowl of the spoon and use that snow paint for the fur that trims the hat and for Santa's beard. I think I also hot glued some little cutesy Christmas garland onto the stem, too. I tied thin cord on the tip where the pom-pom was so the decoration could hang. I've seen people make snowmen using the wooden spoons.


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Old 12-06-2015, 05:36 PM
 
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I make homemade pumpkin bread in the mini tin loaves. I wrap them in the cellophane bags and use fabric to tie them. They can be eaten right away or frozen. I type up tags to go with them. Everyone looks forward to their mini loaf of pumpkin bread. Simple, inexpensive and people enjoy them .
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Wow! 16 is a lot! Who began that tradition? I would never be able to afford 16 "cheap" gifts, much less 16 affordable, meaningful gifts for colleagues.

What I am doing for all but my closest coworkers is writing them a nice note on a nice card, specifically touching upon the wonderfulness of each, individual receiving it. Inside will be a lottery ticket with a printable I found online about working with you is like winning the lottery...you can google it, I'm sure.

Maybe on the envelope I will stick on a Hershey Kiss or something.

I would not like that tradition, at all, if it meant finding something meaningful/worth something/valuable enough to not throw out. I don't eat others' baked goods, so that wouldn't work for me, either. I know many teachers don't. But, that's just me/my coworkers.

Another thing I have done in the past is pick up a pack of thank you cards at either the Target Dollar Spot, Michaels, or Dollar Tree. I tie a nice ribbon on them, include a nice, personalized note, and a lottery ticket, and a Peppermint Patty on top. Most teachers do write thank you notes, so I know they will probably be used. If not, they can put them in their writing area and the kids can use them.

But, again, I don't buy for every coworker/staff member. Too expensive, even when going "cheap".

Let us know what you finally decide upon. Not an easy task, imo! Good luck!

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I love the lottery ticket idea, i never have thought about that! I think I will take your idea ish and make note cards for each person, use one to write a note, and include a lottery ticket. That should only take a couple dollars a person!! Thanks!

The tradition was begun long before I came on the scene, and I struggled last year trying not to break the bank...and ended up spending over $50 in the end on 'cheap' gifts....can't do that this year!!
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Old 12-06-2015, 06:43 PM
 
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I'll try to attach the little card (?) that goes with each one. Like you, I cannot afford to buy so many a gift!!! I love giving...however, there is a limit to my bank account!
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Here is the lottery ticked saying that goes w/each. I think it's a tad cheesy, but hey! I didn't have to do anything but print it out, lol.


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Old 12-06-2015, 07:31 PM
 
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Seriously, no way would I be doing gifts for 16 coworkers! No wonder people get all stressed out for the holidays.

How about suggesting a drawing and people only doing one person? Might be late for this year, but maybe not. At least a suggestion for next year.

We only do a gift exchange with people who want to participate. Same people usually do a secret santa thing along with it.

I am (taught myself with a video) crocheting a scarf for 2 of my coworkers. Just decided to do it today, so my fingers are a little sore now.
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Thanks, eliza!
Old 12-07-2015, 03:19 PM
 
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I just printed them off for my person in our Secret Santa gift exchange at school!
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Old 12-07-2015, 06:50 PM
 
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personalized bookmarks are always nice or what about doubling up with a team member so two of you could split the cost? You still are giving to everyone and I bet no one will give it a second thought!
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Old 12-12-2015, 07:49 PM
 
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We do a Secret Santa. Maybe bring it up for next year. 16 is way too many.
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Old 12-16-2015, 12:27 PM
 
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This year I made candy and I'm attaching an ornament that I got super cheap after Christmas last year. The candy is crazy simple and inexpensive. You melt almond bark and add 2 cups of whatever to it. Then you spoon it into lined mini muffin tins and let it harden. I did chocolate bark with pecans and with rice krispies and vanilla bark with dried cranberries.
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Thanks...YUM! I will try that next year. I finally (after changing my mind several times) decided on stress packages that I found on Pinterest. It has a foot of bubble wrap, some chocolate and a little Poem. I think it is perfect for how we are all feeling right now!

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Old 12-16-2015, 07:11 PM
 
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I go to Michael's and raid their dollar section. I try to find note cards/to-do list when they are half-off, and
make a nice set. It's cheap and usable.

If you buy lottery tickets, and someone wins a lot of money, I hope they share it with you. :-)
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