Saturday, May 21, 2011

Parent Volunteer Gift Ideas to say thanks!

How to thank your parent volunteers at the end of the year. . .
At the end of each year, I scramble on what to give my parent volunteers as a thank you gift. I am in love with using "a play on words".  It's totally my style.  Here are some things I've done in the past!  I've provided you with the tags that go with each gift.  If you'd like to print the tags smaller {they are quite large}, download the file and go to file then page set up and change the percentage to 60% or smaller.


This first gift to say thank you to a parent volunteer is a tag that goes on a set of measuring cups! This year, I'm giving my parent volunteers a set of colorful measuring cups from The Dollar Tree {I have 17 classroom and at-home volunteers this year!!!!} with this tag:
 And this goes on the back:


This next parent volunteer thank you gift gift goes with a bottle of Bath and Body Works hand lotion/soap! Well, it could go with any hand lotion or soap, but I just love the deals I can get at BBW!  Thanks Jess for this idea!

 


This is what I did for my volunteers last year! I bought those cute popcorn containers from the Target Dollar Spot {I said Target Dollar Spot- need I say more?}. I filled each one with movie theater candy and home-made caramel corn! Yum.
 
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How do you say "THANKS" to your volunteers?

29 comments:

absees123s said...

OH MY GOSH! I'm thrilled to see this post, as 10 minutes before a friend and I were discussing what we were going to give our volunteers!! I love 'em all, but when I went to download the lotion one, it just has the screen shot of "click here to download"....THANK YOU AGAIN SOOOO MUCH! YOU ROCK!

absees123s said...

Ooops..it's now working on my computer...so sorry..blonde moment!

Natalie Kay said...

Very cute Rachelle!! I'll probably use the lotion idea!

Mrs. Lochridge said...

Too cute!!! Thank you!! I really like the Bath and Body Works idea. :) I like to give my volunteers some post-it notes and pens with the saying, "You've got the 'write' stuff to get the job done!!"

First Grade Factory

Michelle said...

What cute ideas! Love it!

Michelle said...

Love These! Very Creative :)

Lesson Plan SOS Teachers said...

Great ideas! I actually have some of those popcorn bins left over from Target. Now I have an idea for what to use them for.
THANKS for sharing! :)
Melissa

Mrs. Coe said...

Thanks for sharing!

www,littlemisskindergarten.blogspot.com

Ms.M said...

OMG, thanks so much. I had no idea what I was going to do and now it is all done for me. :)

Ms. M
Ms.M's Blog
A Teacher's Plan

Ms. Durning said...

adorable!!

Amanda K. said...

Love these! Thanks a ton!

Amanda
Third Grade Experience

Hadar said...

Love these!! We do the typcial "thanks for helping us bloom" on a flower pot and have all the kiddos sign it! The parents love it though :)

Anna Brantley said...

CUTENESS!!!!I love these ideas & can't wait to use them!! Thanks for sharing:)

Anna
Crazy for First Grade

Kim said...

Thanks for your cute ideas! I usually do: "Muffin" can thank you enough for all your help this year! And tie it on a bag of inexpensive muffin mix. Cheesy, but it works. I looking for something new this year though. Perfect timing!

jennifer said...

These are precious and i am going to save them for next year!! I always troll the vera bradley site for deals of the day and was able to get keychains for $6.00. These are for my "super volunteers" who I can call on for anything and always come!

The Andersen Family said...

CUTE!! I also love the play on words! Last year I bought little budnt cakes from NothingBundtCake and said "you have been "Nothing Bundt Wonderful for volunteering in our classroom!" I gotta decide quick for this year, thanks for the cute ideas!

Allison @ Room Mom 101 said...

Love your ideas. Thanks for the downloads too even though I have already put mine together for this year. I gave my parent helpers a box of fortune cookies that said; "I was FORTUNEate to have your help this year!" For my high school helper, a bag of gummy bears that says: "Thank you BEARy much for all you help!" and for my room moms (2) - Sweedish fish saying: "It's oFISHial...you have been the best room mom!! Hope those ideas help out too.
Allison
www.room-mom101.blogspot.com

Cindy Hutter and Tanya Wildman said...

Check out our blog at thekindergartencorral.blogspot.com to see the canvas tote bags we got for $1 at The Dollar Tree. I used each students thumb print in flesh colored paint to create a little portrait of each of them. I used sharpies and added their hair color and eye color. I added glasses or freckles if they had either. I wrote the student's name under each of their thumb prints. They turned out very cute! I love your ideas too and may use one or two for something to put in the tote bags for our room moms. Thanks for sharing!

Tracee Orman said...

I just blogged about my "thank-you" beaded bookmark gifts I give to my son's teachers (in high school we don't really get gifts from our students, but I like to give these away to students for prizes, etc.). They are easy to make and I included a how-to. :) http://hungergameslessons.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

I love love LOVE the popcorn one! Thanks for sharing all of these ;)

The Lesson Plan Diva- A 1st grade blog said...

OMG I was just trying to figure out what to get!! Thanks!

www.lessonplandiva.blogspot.com

Lauren Morse said...

I was just having a discussion Friday about what to get parent volunteers. Thanks for your great ideas. The only one I found on the internet that I kinda liked was "Thanks a latte for..." She put it with a coffee mug or small gift card to Starbucks.
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Ms. K said...

I use the lotion idea as well. Although, I use two hand cut outs that say "You deserve a hand." I place one hand on each side so it looks like they are clapping.

jojam8 said...

I went to a local pottery shop that has a kiln to fire pottery and bought a platter. I painted each kids thumbprint on it and decorated each like a chef. I then added a recipe poem to the center. They now have a plate to cherish and enjoy delicious cookies on for a long time.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I love your ideas.
Any suggestions for room parents who organize all parties and teacher wish-list gifts?

Rachelle said...

@Anonymous:

I always do the same thing, but I just add more things for my room-mom. For instance, last year I did the "Thanks for poppin' in all year!"- I put a gift card to a movie theater and the popcorn container with caramel corn! :) If you have any other questions, let me know!
whattheteacherwants@gmail.com

Jamie Walker said...

Where did you get your borders for your cute parent gift ideas. I love to create my own and was looking for these cute borders.

Anonymous said...

LOVE these ideas! I'm having trouble editing. I want to do the "Recipe for Success", but I need to change the number of students on it. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks! K Carpenter (3rd gr, TN)

Robin Gilligan said...

You can find borders and clip art from DJ Inkers ----very cute and worth it to download! I have them all

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