Chalkboard Thank-You Boxes

Chalkboard Thank-You Boxes

I was wandering the aisles of a craft store last week, searching for inspiration.  School was about to let out and I hadn't found the right teacher gifts yet.

When I'm searching for inspiration, I always look in the clearance aisle first.  Inspiration can be incredibly expensive, especially for someone like me, who is easily distracted by pretty colors and patterns.  I had to constantly remind myself to focus on the task at hand.  Teacher gifts.  Not Martha Stewart's decorative paper punches.  Teacher gifts.  Stay focused.

Pretty soon I found these old timey boxes with chalkboards on one side.  Perfect for a teacher, right?  I bought four boxes and took them home for the kids to decorate.  Done.  

But the next morning I looked at the boxes and they seemed so empty sitting there.  Is it weird to give someone an empty box?  Should you wrap it?  Maybe you put big bow on it like you would a car?  (I'm guessing.) 

Ok, so idea number two.  I decided to fill the boxes with desk supplies, so I set out for another of my favorite haunts, the dollar store.  This is truly my happy place.  So many colors and patterns.  So cheap.    

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I was able to find all these office supplies along with some cool little spiral notebooks with quotes from Hellen Keller, Walt Whitman and Eleanore Roosevelt.  These are three of my favorite thinkers, and $1, $2, and $3 are three of my favorite prices.  Win, win, win. 

That night, the kids made up gift boxes for each one of their teachers.  They thought a lot about what each teacher would like best.  My daughter filled the three-ring binders with drawings, and my son drew on the chalkboard.  So each gift was special, just like their teachers.  

Thank You Teachers!  We Love You! 

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<---I found the chalkboard box at Michael's for $15 and the office supplies at Dollar General for $13.50.  But you can buy similar things from Amazon:

 
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