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For 10 years, my mom has been teaching in schools all around Texas. She even made the headlines for a local newspaper because of her hard work as a mother and a teacher! This year, she’s moving to a new school district, which means new classrooms, new coworkers, new everything! I’ve been to her new classroom a couple of times and made notes of what she seems to be missing, and tried to incorporate them all into a surprise Back-To-School Gift Basket for Teachers. Here’s what I used:
1 storage box/bin
To Do list notepad
Pilot G2 Pens, assorted colors
rewards for students
washi tape and string (optional)
1. Fill the storage bin with tissue paper. This will prevent scuffing on the box or on your gift basket contents.
3. Add items starting with the largest (in the back) to smallest in the front. Since I’m including a cork board, I placed it in first. It’s insanely helpful to stick reminders or even photos in. The paper clips and pins go in last because they’re tiny and we don’t want them getting thrown away by accident!
4. Add a To-Do list notepad and some Pilot G2 Pens. My mom has been OBSESSED with these pens for years! This is all she ever uses, and she gets mad when I “borrow” them (borrow in quotation marks because the returning part of that never quite happens). To make up for it, I’m including a pack of Pilot G2 Pens in assorted colors. There’s no doubt that they’re America’s #1 selling gel ink brand, and I love that they come in four different point sizes and 15 vibrant colors! Purple is hands down her favorite, she has like 10 in her office alone, and red for grading papers.
I got these pens from Target’s office supplies section. Here’s a coupon to save $0.75 on any ONE 4-pack (or larger) of G2 Gel Ink pens!
5. Every teacher I know has a variation of a tumbler. Some have coffee mugs, but my mom is an iced drink type of person, so this cup is perfect for anyone constantly on-the-go!
6. One thing that teachers should constantly have? Rewards. Non-food rewards. My mom is always looking for something that isn’t candy (it’s not allowed to hand out in school these days) so adding more to her collection is always a good thing!