Easy teacher gift

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As a high school teacher for 4 years, I can’t say that I ever got a first day of school teacher gift. I do think it’s a very sweet idea and as a mama, I plan on giving teacher lots of love! This fun Elmer’s and Wet Ones combo pack is an easy way to start the year off on the right foot.  This gift is super easy to put together. Y’all know I like easy, and that I love, love cheesy sayings, ha! {I’ve got tons of cheesy Valentine sayings!}

Easy teacher gift for the 1st day of school


Putting this 1st day of school teacher gift together is super simple. First print out the free gift tag printable here:

{Download 1st Day Printable Here}

Fill in the grade section of the printable and use scissors or a cutting board to cut each gift tag out. Then hole punch and use pretty ribbon to tie it on the Elmer’s and Wet Ones combo pack gift. Voila. And that’s it!

Handmade teach gift

You can get the Elmer’s and Wet Ones combo pack in the back to school section at select Target.

Handmade teach gift

Oh and the last step is to use a black pen to add the to and from at the bottom of the gift tag!
Handmade teach gift

Here are a few more fun teacher gifts: High five note cards, “You’re just the write teacher for me!” and thumbody loves you!

101+ DIY birthday gifts {+ free printable}

I teamed up with 100+ other bloggers to bring you a giant list of DIY birthday gifts! Pretty exciting stuff! Check it out:

I’m here to help you celebrate adult friends birthdays with a cute, simple gift. Best of all, there is a free printable, so it’s really easy, y’all.  And you can make the gift as large as you would like. You could give someone five $5 lottery tickers for a $25 gift or just a few $1 lotto tickets! Either way, it will be fun for the person to scratch off and maybe they’ll get extra lucky and win big on their birthday!

diy birthday gifts

{Download the “I hope your birthday is a whole lotto fun” here}

Each printable comes with 3 images, so you could even have a few of these gifts pre made and stored away! I also love that you can mail them in a regular ol’ envelope (or maybe even a magazine envelope)!  Just remember, if you send Texas lottery tickets, they can only be cashed in Texas! Here’s how to put the gift together… cut out each of the images into strips. Then fold the paper in half so that you have a little card. Then just stick the lottery tickets inside of the card and staple it closed. Easy!


As for the other creative ideas, a lot of these gifts are versatile for any occasion, and can be a to gift to your friends, family, or even that gal that you’d like to get to know better. Even more fabulous–most gifts are under $5, and have coordinating printables to make it super simple!

101 Birthday Ideas for Friends


Are you ready for some inspiration? Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on each of links below each collage to see the gift idea and printable closer, along with instructions on how to make them, like mine above. I like to open a bunch of new tabs, and Pin my favorites for later. Don’t forget to follow the Birthday Gift Ideas Pinterest Board as well, to save future great ideas.

free printable blog hop

1. Birthday Balloon Gift + matching free Print by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling
3. Buckets of Fun gift idea+Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional
4. 7 Candy Bar Love Notes to say “Happy Birthday” by The Dating Divas
5. Have a Flippin’ Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later
6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl
8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
9. Gift of Sunshine Idea + Free Printable by Sweet Charli
10. I hope your birthday is a whole “lotto” fun by C.R.A.F.T.
11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon
12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three
13. Quick Note for your Birthday Printable by Liz on Call
14. Otter Pop Gift with Printable Gift Tag by Somewhat Simple
15. {you} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots
16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom
17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let’s Eat Grandpa
18. Lemon Bath Salts & Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft
19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints
20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything

free printables blog hop

21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms
22. Hands Down Best Friend Around by Eighteen25
23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase
24. Whisk Birthday Gift with Free Printable by Cupcake Diaries
25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain
26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes
27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun
28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs
29. Have a coffee on me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors
30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life
31. DIY cocktail napkins by kojodesigns
32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality
33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie
34. Paparazzi – the PERFECT friend gift by Sugar Bee Crafts
35. “latte” fun birthday gift by Our Thrifty Ideas
36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch
37. Pearls are Always Appropriate by Mommy Envy
38. Girls Just Want to Have Fun Birthday Gift by A Little Tipsy
39. Manicure Kit Birthday Gift with Printable by Blooming Homestead
40. Orange you Glad Cup by Artsy Fartsy Mama

free printables

41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence
42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days
43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu
44. DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils by Unskinny Boppy
45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets
46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative
47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses
48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade
49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five
50. Favorite Things Gift Ideas by inkhappi
51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley
52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework
53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha
54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple
55. Tea-riffic Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Mom Endeavors
56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries
57. You’re A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe
58. Happy Birthday Jar {free printable} by Kiki and Company
59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop
60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After


free printables

61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew
62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine
63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True
64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage
65. Eat More Cake Birthday Gift Idea and Printable by Play. Party. Pin.
66. Have a “berry” happy birthday by The Contractor Chronicles
67. Merci Chocolates + Hey Birthday Girl french girl printable by Handmade in the Heartland
68. Five Minute Leather Necklace Tutorial + Birthday printables by Delia Creates
69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane
70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling
71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young
72. Wishing you an E “straw” diary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts
73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits
74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY
75. Reusable Monogrammed Solo Cup by Mom 4 Real
76. go-to gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun
77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess
78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter
79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street
80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle

blog hop free printables

81. Birthday in a Jar – Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess
82. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Party Cookies by Crazy Little Projects
83. You are the Bee’s Knees by Love the Day
84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life
85. Hip Hip Hooray, today is your birthday!” printables by The Crafted Sparrow
86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam
87. Chocolate Facial with printable by TidyMom
88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl
89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C’s Designs
90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste
91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal
92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More
93. A Latte for Two + printables by One Krieger Chick
94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I’m Topsy Turvy
95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore
96. Treat Yo’Self Printable Watercoloring Box by Persia Lou
97. Fruity Body Scrub with Printable by Mad in Crafts
98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About
99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise
100. Manicure in a Jar by That’s What {Che} Said…
101. UBER lucky to have you in my Life by Maybe I Will
102. Free Happy Birthday Printable by NoBiggie
103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs
104. Crispy Crunch-y Pie with Printable by Just Rhonda
105. “You’re the Silver Lining” Friendship Nail Polish Gift by The Happy Housie
106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle

Did you have a gift idea that stuck out to you? Go ahead and visit your favorites and let them know you love it!

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11 Gift ideas for new moms

Before I had Max, I didn’t really understand the whole bringing baby home thing. I mean how hard could it be? You feed him and stare at his cuteness. That’s easy enough. (Boy, I was wrong!)  I never thought to bring my friend meals or Lanolin and Tuks!  So, here’s the deal y’all… if you want to visit your friend that just had a baby, bring her a little something! Being a 24/7 milk buffet, attempting to feed yourself, and sleeping prove to be very tricky in those early months! Here are 11 great gift ideas for new moms. Oh and here’s the feed from C.R.A.F.T. facebook with more awesome new mom gift ideas!

And if you’re new here, here’s our natural birth story and 15+ things I’ve learned about infants! Oh and there are affiliate links to the exact things I use throughout this post!

Gift ideas for new moms


1. Set up a meal train: Meals are an amazing gift with a new baby! Offer to set up a meal train (you can use this free site) and just ask for email addresses!

2. Spa treatments: Gift cards to get a massage, manicure, or pedicure! Make sure the treatment is one hour or less at a time because it’s hard to get away for longer than that with a nursing baby. I’m pretty sure any new mama will enjoy one hour away and pretty toes at some point in the first 6 weeks of new baby!

3. Mason jar breakfast and lunches: Dinner is important, but you need to eat lunch too! I had a friend bring me over a mason jar lunch complete with salad, soup, and bread! It was perfect for when Andy went back to work and the fam went home. I just opened up my jar and dumped in a bowl! Easy and delicious! (Here are 6 mason jar breakfasts and 20 mason jar lunches)

4. Freezer meals: My friend Annie brought over 3 freezer meals before the baby was born. I love that she wrote the directions write on the container and even brought sides! Chicken teriyaki came with rice and the chicken spaghetti came with garlic bread. Yum! And so nice to have easy meals to pull out when all of the family goes home and you’re on you own!

Gift ideas for new moms

5. Succulents: My brother in laws brought over this planter full of succulents when Maxwell was born, and I loved it! They are easy to care for and pretty up the kitchen table!

Gift ideas for new moms

6. Button down pajamas: You come home with your nugget of love still looking 5 months pregnant and the bambino needs to nurse every 2 hours! Oh and now you’re having visitors! What are you supposed to wear?! I think a cute set of button down pajamas would be a great gift for a new mama. If it’s cold, maybe something like this or if it’s hot, these would be perfect! Just make sure they are mostly cotton and machine washable!

7. Gift cards to the grocery store, Target, Amazon, Nursing boutique, or Starbucks: Food is always good! And Mom can order anything she needs from her computer to her door with and Amazon or Target gift card! And Starbucks.. .well, that  is always a fun treat! Andy’s boss got us a gift card to a nursing boutique in Austin, and it was so nice to go pick out a few nursing bras post baby (it’s hard to know what size to get before baby)!

8. Nipple  cream, Tuks, and nursing pads: These are very important things that she might not have gotten at a baby shower! I like lanolin for nipple issues and diaper rash, and reusable nursing pads are awesome. Although disposable nursing pads are really nice in the beginning too, you have enough to wash! And don’t forget the Tucks .

9. Wine: Because you couldn’t drink it for 9 months, it tastes extra good! Pair it with some Alcohol test strips, just to be safe!

10. Cleaning service: Set up a one time cleaning service to come to her house! I promise, she’ll love it. But, don’t surprise her, ask when would be a good time.

11. Bring Mama a Starbucks and a brownie (Thank you, Annie!) or lunch from Chuy’s (Thank you, Kristen!): Clearly, I like food! And a friend to chat with after all of the overnight visitors are gone and Dad is back at work is very nice too.

Were you like me, and didn’t think to bring anything with you when you went to visit a new mama and baby? Or do you have a go to new mama gift? I’d love to hear…