Easy DIY Teacher Gifts

As we draw near to the end of the school year, I wanted to share a few ideas on gifts you can put together at home. These are three options I put together this week for ‘teacher appreciation week.’ But by making a few changes, even in the wording to the gift tags, they can also make great end of the year gifts. Please keep reading to know how to create these simple gifts for teachers.

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1. M&M Chocolate Gift

Using a punch holder, punch a hole on chocolate bag.
Tags for bags.
Tie tags on bags.
I decided to use two tags – Feel free to use one.
Final result.

To make these I used:

Small hole punch

Natural Jute Twine

M&M chocolate bags – I used the ‘sharing size’ bags

The tags are from Etsy, just search for ‘teacher thank you tags.’ Once you purchase the tags, you’ll receive them via email as a document that you will need to download. I printed the tags at home on card stock paper

*ALL tags used for all 3 DIY gifts are all from Etsy.

2. Coffee Shop Gift Card

Gather cup, lid, Kraft crinkle shredded paper and white crinkled shredded paper
Apply stickers on cups
Mark the center of lid and cut for the straw
Place coffee shop gift card inside cup
Tie tags on straw
Final result.

To make these I used:

Kraft crinkle filler paper – for the coffee

White crinkle filler paper – for the whip cream

Clear plastic 16 ounce cups with dome lids (I couldn’t find the lids this size, with a hole)

Yellow striped paper straws

“Our Little Munchkin” 2 inch stickers

“Permanent Mark” 2 inch stickers

Natural Jute Twine

Coffee Shop gift card – I used a Starbucks gift card

Gift tag

3. Markers / Pens Gift

Gather markers, pens and tags
Attach tags to pens
Attach tags to markers

To make these I used:

‘BIC’ gelocity pens

EXPO dry erase markers

Natural jute twine

Gift tag

Thank you so much for visiting! Do you have any DIY teacher gift ideas you would like to share? Please do so in the comment section.

Have a great week.


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Chiari Is My Unwelcome House Guest

The past week has been a whirlwind. I’ve had my ups and downs and have been a ball of emotions. Last weekend I had to be taken to the ER due extremely intolerable symptoms due to Chiari and since then have had this week to recover at home from such events. Yes, I do take medication for many of my ongoing symptoms but when the medicine doesn’t do what it’s meant to help with, I progressively feel worse, and that’s when I take a trip to the ER. It’s no fun, it’s tiring and unfortunately I’ve been to my local hospitals ER more than I’d like to admit.

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While at the hospital though, I came to thinking about Chiari and what it means to me. I was thinking of what I can compare it to. I had so many nurses and a doctor come in to see me in my room and had no idea what Chiari nor Syringomyelia was. I don’t blame them though, the lack of knowledge and education on such a rare illness is seen too often, especially in the medical field.

I finally narrowed Chiari to this – that unwelcome house guest.

The one that refuses to leave no matter what signals you throw at it.

The one that has no remorse in overstaying their welcome.

The one that doesn’t shy away from being loud.

It has the worst timing!

It doesn’t care what day of the week it is.

It’s there and it isn’t looking like it has a departure date set.

If you have someone close to you that has chronic pain, lives with Chiari Malformation, Syringomyelia or any other illness, the best thing you can do for them is educate yourself on the matter. It’ll mean more to them then you’ll ever know.

Happy Friday,


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Reblog Wednesday: In Defense of Stay-At-Home Moms — Autism in Our Nest

As a stay at home mom whom didn’t stay home from the beginning, I must say the transition was rather smooth. I loved my position in the corporate world, but once I had my oldest, my heart yearned to be with her and raise her myself.

I came across this post from Autism Family Power where she mentions coming across an article where a working woman asks, “what do stay at home moms do all day?” The question wasn’t ill intended, but rather out of curiosity.

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I chuckled a bit and then had the sudden urge to detail and justify my role at home. However, each of us has different reasons for our decision to stay at home, and the role of a parent that stays in the home is like no other. His/her role comes without a financial earning, without breaks, days off and too often are running on fumes.

However, the internal satisfaction of making sure my kids are taken care of, taking care of my families daily needs and each of my children’s individual needs be it school or otherwise, is beyond any pay check I could ever receive. The ‘tasks/jobs’ are endless, from scheduling doctors appointments, to making sure my son is thriving in school since his autism diagnosis, to potty training – still doing it. The list goes on and on. All the while praying I am doing a good enough job at raising good, compassionate citizens. Also, caring for myself as I have Chiari 1 Malformation – a congenital disorder.

So, if you’re a stay at home parent or not, our goals are all the same. We’re all caring for our homes and our families needs to the best of our abilities, being in the corporate world or not.


Recently I read an article where a woman asked Stay-At-Home Moms what they did all day. At first I got defensive, but changed my mood. Read more about this, here!

via In Defense of Stay-At-Home Moms — Autism in Our Nest

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