School has started for us on the East Coast and this week has been absolutely AMAZING!!
All three of my kiddos came home on the first day, excited, smiling, raving about their teachers, new friends and were happily exhausted.
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With our oldest starting middle school this year, we have a few more teachers to include in our gift giving but alas have no fear, this project didn't break the bank. I found packs of animal printed notepads at the Dollar Store (4 for $1) and a pack of click pens (8 for $1). I already had paper and plenty of bakers twine, so I just needed a tag to complete my idea.
I took this photo of hippos when we were at Disneyland in December, uploaded it to picmonkey and added the phrase "Have a WILD School Year!!". Backed each tag with a square of cardstock, punched a hole in each one and tied onto the notebooks with bakers twine, then adding the pens. My kids wrote their names on the backs and toted them off for the first day of school.
I want to emphasize that you don't have to spend a ton to create something that is thoughtful or useful. If you keep your eyes out for bargains and use your free creativity, you are sure to come up with something wild that will put a smile on someone's face. These would also be great as a class gift for students, if you find a pack of animal print pencils or pens and want to jazz them up a bit with a gift tag.