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Fall Gift Idea for Teachers

October 20, 2012

I got this idea from an adorable cure for the “Halloween Hangover” gift idea that Katie posted at Sweet Rose Studio. She is exactly right- November 1st really is the perfect occasion for a thoughtful teacher gift. I love all the Halloween festivities, but when hundreds of kids come to school the day after trick-or-treating, consuming mountains of sugar, and staying up late, you know it will be challenging for everyone involved.

I wanted my version, the day after Halloween “survival kit,” to be a little healthier but just as cute, and to provide energy and endurance. Here’s what I came up with: gourmet trail mix and a creative gift tag. Just stir it up, pour into a mason jar or inexpensive plastic container, add a ribbon if you’d like, and delight your child’s teacher or a co-worker.

Normally I prioritize wholesome ingredients on this blog. But, since this is a gift and I know not everyone’s taste buds are as health-conscious as mine, I made my trail mix more foodie than nutritious. I’d use:

  • banana chips
  • white chocolate chips
  • chocolate-covered espresso beans
  • dried cherries
  • raw almonds
  • pretzels

Of course, the best thing about trail mix is that you can adjust the ingredients to your taste, aesthetics, budget, or whatever you have handy in your pantry. I thought about pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried apricots, golden raisins, Halloween-colored M&Ms, candy corn, Chex or Crispix cereal, granola clusters, pecans, and coconut chips. Feel free to create any combination that appeals to you!

Then, add a clever tag. I made this example using a Halloween banner graphic from Crystal Wilkerson Designs. She has all kinds of pretty digital paper and other scrapbooking elements for sale. This particular flag banner package was available as one of her “99-cent Tuesday” deals a couple of weeks ago, and I thought they were too fun to pass up. The fonts are both free: One Starry Night and Covered By Your Grace. I adapted the wording from a popular teacher morale-booster that usually involves different colors of candy, like Skittles or M&Ms.

And there you go- a simple, small, cute gift idea for any educator in the fall. I hope it brings a smile to the face of someone you know! Happy fall, y’all.

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