Volunteer Thank-You Gifts
Last year, I had about 75% of my parents volunteer at one point or another in the classroom. Copying papers, working with small groups, chaperoning field trips-they did it all. Each time they came in, I wanted to show them my gratitude. Since my language of love is gifts, that translated into wanted to give them a token of my appreciation. But I had nothing on hand! I decided since it’s summer, and summer is made for working on projects like this, I would make a large basket of appreciation tokens that I can pull from throughout the upcoming school year.
Enter: volunteer thank-you gifts. I came up with 30 small, inexpensive items you could give to volunteers, and made a doodle-theme tag for each one. There is everything from Twix bars to lip balm to notepads.
Then I picked out the items I want to have on hand this year. Obviously I do not need a variety of 30 different items. Costco had great options, putting the price of each gift at about 50 cents or less.
I then began attaching the tags to the items. Candy bars and bags of nuts are easy! Simple punch a hole in the tag and tie on with a piece of baker’s twine.
I doubled knotted the bow on the bag so they wouldn’t fall off.
Once done, you’ll have a great collection of gifts to pass out!
The bags and toppers take a little bit more work. The toppers are created for the typical 4″ wide cellophane gift bags available at Micheals, Joanne’s, etc. They are found in the baking aisle by the cake pop sticks.
They are much longer than you will probably want, so they need to be cut in half length-wise.
Once you’ve cut the bag and filled it with the desired item, staple the top of the bag shut with 3 staples. Then put some double-sided tape on each side of the bag topper and seal it around the top of the bag.
You could use these for any volunteer appreciation occasion, but my idea is to put a bunch of these in a basket and let students give one to their parents each time they volunteer. Not only is it a token of appreciation, but it’s motivation to students to encourage their parents to volunteer-I know they will ALL want to pick out a gift to give.
Ready to create your own? Grab the set here and then get thee self to a Costco (or Walmart)! Have fun, and let us know if you use them differently in the comments!
And while I’m a day late, I’m linking up with Made It Monday! Visit 4th Grade Frolics to see ALL the Made It Monday ideas and get crafting!