Gift Ideas

A Simple Teacher Gift

It’s teacher appreciation week!  Do you need a simple teacher gift idea?

Over the years, my kid’s teachers have helped them so much.  Solon’s 2nd-grade teacher helped him fall in love with reading and the kid’s art teacher has made Vera feel like a true artist, the girl loves art!  Just the other day one of Solon’s teachers stopped him in the hall to give him a big hug and congratulate him on our adoption.  It meant SO much to him and us!

Having been a teacher myself, I know the time and effort they put inside and outside of the classroom! Seriously, they are with our kids for more waking hours than we are most days!

It’s so important to thank our teachers for all they have done for our kiddos all year long.  Next week, is teacher appreciation week and it’s almost the end of the year so I have a super simple gift idea for you today and a FREE printable!

You know I love simple, this is so simple.  Like print, tape and send to school easy!  Perfect for this crazy time of year.

The Gift Teachers Really Want

Let me let you in on a little secret, teachers get A LOT of coffee mugs and candy!  I know it might not feel as personal but gift cards are a fan favorite.  They spend so much of their personal income on classroom supplies, a gift card is a fun treat.

Restaurant Gift Card Printable

Today I have a little printable to go along with a gift card to a restaurant of your choice.  Most teachers do their fair share of lunch duty and get a very short lunch period.  For them, going out in the summer is extra special.

Simply save this graphic to your computer by right-clicking (make sure to keep the .jpg).  You can also find the pin icon in the top left-hand corner so you can pin for later use.
Open up the file on your computer and prepare to print as shown in the above picture!


In the printing options choose 4 copies per page.  This makes sure the graphic is just the right size.  If you choose 6, 9 or more copies per page, the graphic will be much too small.

I suggest printing your cards on plain white card stock for extra durability.  Once printed, you just have to cut them out.  If you want your child to write their teacher a note, simply have them write it on the back of the card before affixing the gift card!

Assemble the Gift Card & Printable

You can attach the gift card with a circle of tape, rubber cement or photo squares.  My gift card came in a pack that already had the sticky dots so I simply unstuck it from the card and on to my card with no need for additional adhesive.

Your teacher is sure to remember you and be so thankful for a fun, yummy lunch this summer on you!  They don’t get to go out to lunch very much during the school year.

A Hand-written Note

If you want to go the extra mile, write a letter to your teacher or have your student. Those notes mean so much and will be the perfect personal touch to the gift card!

Get the FREE Teacher Gift Printable by clicking here!

A Simple Gesture To Say Thanks

Remember, next week is teacher’s appreciation week.  Take the opportunity to thank your children’s teacher for all they have done!

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Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.
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Advent Calendar Gift Guide + More

Tis the season to start thinking about Christmas!  Today, I wanted to share a fun tradition we love, advent calendars.  Every year my mom gets each of my kids an advent calendar based on their interests.  Luckily, retailers have caught on to advent calendars and there are more options than ever.  Now’s the time to pick some up and they have some great options on Amazon!


best advent calendars on Amazon

Advent Calendars for Toddlers

Playmobil 1, 2, 3 Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar (find it here)

VTech Go! Go! Smart Animals Advent Calendar (find it here)

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Advent Calendar (find it here)

Little People Advent Calendar (find it here)

Advent Calendars for Preschoolers

Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price Advent Calendar (find it here)

Paw Patrol Advent Calendar (find it here)

Hot Wheels Advent Calendar (find it here)

Schleich Farm World Advent Calendar (find it here)

Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar Tree (find it here)

Barbie Advent Calendar (find it here)

Play-Doh Advent Calendar (find it here)

Crayola Countdown to Christmas Activity Advent Calendar (find it here)

Advent Calendars for School-Aged Children

Mega Construx American Girl Advent Calendar (find it here)

Playmobil Royal Ice Skating Party Advent Calendar (find it here)

Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar (find it here)

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar (find it here)

Lego City Advent Calendar (find it here)

Lego Friends Advent Calendar (find it here)

Hatchimals Collegtibles Advent Calendar (find it here)

Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Advent Calendar (find it here)

Squishy Advent Calendar (find it here)

Schleich Horse Club Advent Calendar (find it here)

Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar (find it here)


If you have an Elf on the Shelf, your elf could bring an advent calendar on December 1st!  Advent Calendars make great gifts and help you enjoy and celebrate the Christmas season every single day!

Today, for Simple Purposeful Living’s 10 on the 10th Link-up, we are sharing all our best holiday tips, so if you blogged, make sure to link up below!  Then visit a few other blogs and say hello.

Before you go, here are a few posts I have shared to help you prepare for the Holidays –

10 Things To Do Now For Christmas

How to Keep Your Holiday Spirit

5 Tips To Keep You Sane This Christmas

25 Activities To Do This Christmas


Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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Mother’s Day Gifts That Mean the Most

On Mother’s Day last year, I heard whispers and bounding feet as they headed down to the kitchen to concoct some sort of yummy breakfast.  It was no surprise, as the kids the night before told me under no uncertain terms to not get out of bed.  When my husband, opened the door I was greeted with the biggest grins and a tray complete with homemade cards, scrambled eggs and toast.

They could hardly contain their excitement, mom mom mom do you love it? Do you like it?  Then, I opened each card with greetings like you are the best mom in the world from Solon to I love Mom, the only thing Vera knew how to write independently to a chicken scratch meant to signify some sweet sentiment from and daughters

Those are the same memories I remember from my childhood.  My sister and I worked tirelessly in the basement kitchen to mix coffee grounds straight into the water, not knowing you had to brew it or that my mom would have preferred a Diet Coke to our acidic concoction!

Then, we climbed the 3 flights of stairs in our townhome to deliver the delectable brown drink to her bedside, waking her from a sound sleep to let her know how much we loved her.

Little did I know as a child, that those sweet, thoughtful gestures are the very “gifts” moms want.  There’s nothing better than a hand-written note affirming that you are in fact “the best mom in the whole wide world” For one moment, the mom guilt subsides and maybe, just maybe you aren’t failing at all.

If all else fails, and you feel like you need to do a little something in addition to a sweet note, I asked on social media what it is that moms really want for Mother’s Day and they delivered some great ideas!  I concur!  I have divided up the ideas into categories. You can get creative and create a certificate or coupon or just have to take care of the task!  Flowers and their favorite treat never hurt either!



Remember, above all else the sentiments you share and the memories you make really mean the most.  Several commenters said they really just wished for one more Mother’s Day with their child or their own mother or the chance to celebrate Mother’s Day.  It puts things into perspective!

It’s easy to focus on the gifts and making it perfect but truly what makes it so special is the fact that we can celebrate the gift of motherhood.

May you all have a blessed Mother’s Day and for those aching to be mother’s, I am praying for you today too.  I know this day can be especially bittersweet for those grieving children, mothers and the chance to become a mother!



You might enjoy these two stories on motherhood –

Finding Hope in the Pain of Infertility

From Loss to High-Risk Pregnancy

10 Things Motherhood Has Taught Me

A Letter of Encouragement To The Mom of Little Kids


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DIY Grandmother Gift

What do you get a Grandma for Mother’s Day?  Well you make her a modern-artsy gnome for her gnome garden of course.  And did my children ever have fun. They did such a nice job cooperating and painting, I might buy 1 million more!  They were so focused and proud of their hard work.  I asked Solon what he thought Grandma would say and he said, “she will say I love it so much, great job!” and since we gave it to her early, we know that is exactly what she said.

She has to poly him to weather the weather.  In addition to this little “art” installation, I also treated mom to a mom-daughter shopping date. I hired a babysitter and away we went but then she treated me so not sure if that counts???  I did treat to frozen yogurt but then she treated to dinner….hmm….well we had fun and we showered her with love….Happy Mother’s Day Mom to the mom that taught me how to be a mom! I owe you so much.  I now know just how much you love me! THANKS!

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