Its the most wonderful time of the year! The time of year where we all get a bit anxious about what to get everyone in our lives for Christmas or any other holiday you may find yourselves celebrating. There are countless blog posts circulating the internet now telling you what to get every person in your life from their hobbies, their zodiac sign, and what kind of car they drive. Gift giving is a seriously stressful thing, and it gets even more stressful when you have to spend money and you're not crafty enough to make everyone on your gift list something magical out of Popsicle sticks and glitter glue. Thats where the dollar store comes into play.
Yes, the dollar store. The unsung hero of our great society. It has everything you could ever want, cheaply made, and for only a dollar. This year, I headed over there to scrounge up some supplies to make into gifts for my teachers. My brother, who graduated three years ago, told me that the easiest way to get on your teacher's good side was to give a thoughtful gift. And with finals coming up, and the holiday season of course, now is the perfect time to round up as many cheap, reindeer shaped erasers you can find, shove it all into a bag, and hand it off to your teachers. At least that's what I did. And I documented it.
To add a little extra flair to each gift I bought all of my teachers (except the one teacher that I dislike and who doesn't deserve a special gift) an extra special little gift that wasn't just cheap erasers and unsharpened pencils. They were fun and unique things that I found that I thought each of them would like. Like a pine tree for my environmental science teacher, and a light up necklace for the teacher that always participates in our wacky spirit days.
Even though the gifts were just simple little stickers and stamps, I know that all of them appreciated having a student remember them during this holiday season. By the time we reach high school giving gifts to teachers is pretty much dead, and so it'll come as a special surprise to all of your teachers to receive anything at all, whether it be a fruit basket or dollar store junk that was bought out of love.
If you're not into gift giving, I encourage you all to take the time to thank your teachers at the very least. Even if you think your teacher is the devil incarnate, they wake up every morning to help you out, and for that they deserve some recognition. For those of you that aren't in school, take the time to thank those you work with, or those that you see on a daily basis whose job it is to make your life easier. Gift giving isn't just about material goods, it can also be about sharing the gift of love and joy.
Portraying life through various forms of media. Everything from photography to watercolors, and doodles.