End of the Year Gifts {Free Download}

10 June 2013
First, I must apologize for my lack of blogging.  It just takes so darn long to write a post!  I am getting spoiled with the ease of posting on Instagram and Facebook.  Plus, I took every request for word wall headers and now have 19 variations in my store!

The end of the year is finally in sight!   Next week, we will have our end of the year party and I will be presenting all 26 students with an adorable little bug catching kit from Dollar Tree!  What a steal!   I created a new add your own text variation of the bug themed tags, that I made last year.  Just make sure to download and then open them with Adobe Reader.  Preview for Mac does not want to use the embedded font. 
*I apologize if this is too late for some of you.  There is always pinning and using for next year, right?
  Click any of the pictures to download from Google Docs.
 I used a 3 inch scallop punch to punch out the circles.  Click here to check out the punch on Amazon.com.
I have made circles for Kindergarten, first, and second grade.  I LOVE and appreciate all of your comments and feedback.  I just want to put this out there, that before anyone wastes any of their precious time asking and waiting for a reply; I do not plan on making these for the upper grades, making any changes, or taking any special requests.  Sorry!  I have a mile long "To Do List!"  
Here is last year's gift.  Click on the image to hop over to that post.

Here are some other great end of the year ideas from my blogging buddies!  Just click to check out their posts.

From my sweet and talented friend Lindsey of The Teacher Wife, an end of the year gift for parent volunteers:
Lindsey just came out with digital papers, too!  Gorgeous stuff - I just had to share!  I know I will be using some of these to make Word Wall Headers and Word Wall Cards.

These are from my lovely friend, Anna of Crazy for First Grade.  Swedish fish are my favorite candy!   I won't buy them for myself because I know I won't stop eating them until the package is done.   I know the kids will love this!

Here is another awesome parent volunteer gift idea from the lovely, Rachelle of What the Teacher Wants:
I think it is so cool that they have parent volunteers!

And this cute gift is for her students:

Amazing, Cara Carrol, of The First Grade Parade made her students these adorable gifts:

Amy of Step into Second with Mrs. Lemons, takes the prize for making each one of her students a personalized water bottle!  She used her cameo.  I have one, too.  I just think it would have taken me ten years to make each student a personalized water bottle.  I am utterly impressed, Amy!   I hope your students went crazy for these. 

If you are looking for a variety of gifts, I suggest checking out my friend, Michelle (Fabulous in First) Oakes' Dollar Store Superlatives Packet.  It is so cute and uses items that can be found in The Dollar Tree!

On another note, I met a fellow TpT seller at a baby shower this Sunday.  Random!  Her name is Dana Hagan and her store is called SLP for Me.  She knew all about me, my dogs, and my shoes.  It was so much fun chatting with her, but it was also kind of weird because she knew all about me and I really did not know anything about her!  I suddenly felt so exposed.  I know it says 3,914 followers over to the right, but I never really felt like random strangers would know who I am or what I do in my spare time.  I wonder if this is how celebrities feel?  ;)  Anyway, please, check out her store.  Dana, it was a pleasure meeting you and I am really impressed with products.    

Do you want to meet me too and make me feel like a weirdo?  Well, you can meet me and many of my awesome blogging buddies this summer in Vegas!  Click the picture below for more details.
Thank you to The Teacher Wife for the cute button!


  1. Erica, loved this post. So many ideas. My year ended in May but I will definitely use them next year. Would love to have you stop by my blog.
    Primary Paradise

  2. Haha I love that she admitted to knowing all about you...I would have done the same! You are a celebrity! Next year you fabulous bloggy buddies should go on a cruise and visit me in Alaska!

  3. So fun! Love the little bug catchers! Mind sharing what that circle cutter is all about? I love the scalloped gift tags.

    That is too funny to meet another tpt seller at a baby shower! I may bump into you at a Bloomingdale's friends and family here on Long Island. I see you're going to Vegas, are you going to the conference or just to hang out? I told my husband I wanted to go to Vegas and he gave me a look like, really!?

    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

    1. Check the link for the scalloped circle cutter. It is so easy to make perfect scalloped circles. I love punchers.

      I am going to the conferences in Vegas and to hang out. I cannot wait!

    2. Thank you, totally missed that link! I would love to go to conference, but none of my teacher friends can go. They all had babies this year. I told my husband to come with me, but that didn't get a great response.

      :) Enjoy the last two weeks of school.

  4. Thanks for the shout out, Erica!! You are so sweet! Seriously--I love you! :)

  5. I am so getting me one of those punchers. I keep see others talk about them and I feel silly but I didn't really know what it was until now.
    I think it is going to be a must have for all the cuteness it will help make.
    Love the dollar tree bug gifts. I'm actually going to get some tomorrow for my own kids. Guess they will be on my list for next year too.

    The Busy Busy Hive

  6. I am dying to go to the Vegas conference! I have sent my principal a few begging and desperate emails!

    Yeehaw! Teaching in Texas

  7. Erica,
    My dear,
    These are just precious!
    My parents loved their "thanks a Latte" Starbucks gifts!
    Hopefully I might see you in Vegas if the timing works out just right!

  8. I think I NEED a scalloped puncher......How Cool Is That?! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.

    Sweet n Sassy in 2nd

  9. I want a bug catcher!!! lol That'd be a perfect EOY gift since we end the year studying insects/life cycles/butterflies. I am also envious of that scalloped punch. I think I need to check out the scrapbook aisle.

    Thanks for sharing all of the different ideas.
    You Might Be a First Grader….

  10. Oh my goodness. I saw these little bug catchers at the dollar store a couple of weeks ago. I knew my students would love them but I could not think of any clever saying to add for a gift tag. You came up with a great one that is just too cute. I wish I had just a teeny tiny bit of your creativity!

  11. Such a juicy post to read. What a clever play on words for your buggy gift. You are beyond creative and TOTALLY a teacher celebrity! ; ) This is why I love the teacher blog world! Booo I teach 5th now but I still want to hop in a kinder/1st teachers suitcase and see you all in Vegas!


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  12. Your posts take a while to write because they're always BURSTING with great stuff! I would totally love to meet you. You have a way of keeping it hilariously REAL! Thanks for another great read! You rock, Erica!

    A+ Firsties


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