His sweet teacher is buying each of her 12 students a beach bag and putting in gifts from each child to the other children in the class. The gifts are supposed to be affordable and summer specific.
I found a great, CHEAP gift idea from two sources--both which I listed on my Friday Favorites lately.
Fakin It gave us a great way to package up Kool Aid packets and straws so classmates could have a "kool" summer. The week after, Crystal and Company shared some great homemade snow cone syrup recipes. I loved the one she gave us from Skip to My Lou, because it used Kool aid packets! Genius! I combined the two ideas and packaged the gift up in a coordinating tumbler.
First, I found Kool Aid packets for 15 cents each at Target. Then, I found red, yellow and orange straws at Target. I couldn't find the cute swirly straws I wanted, but I'll be on the hunt for next year! I also found four red tumblers for 1 dollar at Target--gotta love the dollar bin. Then I grabbed some scrapbook paper at Michael's and made a cute class gift.
I didn't have the pattern for the scrapbook paper wrap (mentioned in Fakin It), so I just measured around the Kool Aid packet and cut a window in the paper to see the Kool Aid through. Then I taped some straws to the inner flap and glued it shut.
On the reverse, I glued the snow cone recipe and a little message for each child in my son's class. I stuffed each packet into a tumbler and gave them to the teacher to put in each beach bag. Voila! Each gift cost me a little over a dollar, and it turned out very cute!
Have a "kool" summer!