Dec 22, 2008

Buying for 10

Between the three boys in the house, I needed to buy 10 teachers' gifts for Christmas. TEN. I would have typed "buy or make," but let's get real.

Sometime over the last few months I saw a great idea on a blog somewhere, but I can't remember where. I'd gladly give them credit, but I honestly can't remember where I saw it. Over the last few months, I've been linking willy-nilly to all sorts of blogs I don't regularly read, so it's a blur. Anyway, I thought this idea was so cute, I'd adopt it this year if I could find the plants cheaply enough.

Here's the deal: You buy a plant of some sort. I found mini-poinsettias at my local Publix supermarket for $3.99 each. They had great color and were in good condition, and the pots were wrapped in colorful paper ... and the soil was moist, so I could tell they were cared for daily.

Next, you make little tags. This part was easy, because I have so much extra scrapbooking material lying around. The tags say, "Thanks for helping me grow." The original idea proposed gluing the tag to a popsicle stick and poking it in the pot, but I couldn't find popsicle sticks. My sole original addition to the idea was to print out wallet-size pictures of my boys and attach them with the gift tags.

And, voila! Cute teacher's gifts that they can enjoy throughout the holidays and hopefully a little beyond.

I'm happy to report that all of the teachers claimed to be thrilled with the gifts when we delivered them on Friday. It went over so well, I might make it an annual tradition.

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