If you are on a budget this year, finding Christmas gifts for less than $5 can be a bit of a challenge. However, with a little bit of time and some imagination, finding a $5 gift for your child’s teacher just isn’t that hard.
Need some ideas for a teacher gifts for less than $5? Keep reading to learn how you can assemble a wonderful gift that a teacher will both enjoy and use.
Candles in a Jar. Many teachers I know use scented candles to freshen up the classroom during the day. You can make your own low cost Christmas candles using these instructions or hit the discount department stores for scented candles in a Christmas theme. Watch the sales, and you’ll have no trouble at all finding the perfect Christmas candle for less than $5.
Borders or Hastings gift card. For a teacher that likes to read, a $5 card to Borders or Hastings is also a nice gift. Pair it up with a homemade bookmark to make it extra special.
Christmas Mug and herbal tea set. The thrift stores are often filled with awesome Santa and other Christmas themed mugs for 50¢ or less. I run these thrift store treasures through the dishwasher first to sterilize them, then pair ’em up with a box of Holiday tea. Enclosing both the cup and tea in cellowrap makes for a fantastic gift that looks more expensive than it really is.
$5 Starbucks gift card. For the teacher who likes coffee, a $5 gift card to Starbucks is enough to treat her to a nice specialty coffee drink.
Scented Bubble bath. Local retailers are already offering up hefty discounts on seasonal merchandise including things like scented bubble bath, shower gels, and fragrant soaps. Check with your local KMart, Target, Shopko or Fred Meyer for great bargains on home spa needs and bundle up a collection of them into an under $5 gift basket.
Christmas lapel pin or broach. Christmas pins and broaches are a wonderful gift idea that’s a little different than the usual. Teachers especially enjoy wearing these in the classroom in advance of the upcoming holiday season. Pinmart.com has a darling 14K gold Christmas lapel pin that measure nearly an inch in height and is priced affordably at $3.95. From Stockpins.com is a colorful Snowman pin that’s sure to be a Christmas favorite. This limited edition pin is only $2.75 and measures nearly 2 inches in height.
For thriftier alternative, this is the time of year when area thrift stores bring out their stock of donated Christmas jewelry. It’s at the thrift stores where I turn up high quality vintage broaches and lapel pins at bargain basement prices. To make these vintage pins look new again, all they usually need is a bit of scrubbing with a toothbrush and a jewelry cleaning compound.
A poinsettia plant. When all else fails, a poinsettia plant is always a safe choice for an inexpensive gift. Low priced poinsettias are usually available through Big Box home & garden centers and discount department stores.