Holiday Gift Guide: For the Teacher

I hear all the time from parents who are stumped on what to get their son or daughter’s teacher for the holidays.  It can be tough to find the right gift that is unique and shows how much you appreciate all that they do!

We’ve come across a few things that we think would be sweet gifts for the teacher on your list this holiday season.  Some of them might even be perfect for your office co-worker!

 

In my house, you can never have enough reusable bags around.  This one from The Little Market would be the perfect lunch tote for your teacher or co-worker who loves to pack a homemade meal.

The Little Market

 

A candle might seem “old-hat”, but with this customized thank you note, we think it’s the perfect twist on the usual!

The Little Market

 

A new notebook or set of folders is surely something that will always get good use.  And with these adorable designs, we’re pretty sure just about anyone would want to have one of these on their desk!

Anthropologie

 

 

C.R. Gibson, Available at Amazon

 

You can always find these practical items on a teacher’s desk, but we’re pretty sure they’ve never seen any quite so stylish!  And don’t forget about your secretary or office-mate!

Anthropologie

 

Almost every room could use some extra greenery, and we love the uniqueness of this one from West Elm.  Your teacher could write down daily quotes, homework assignments, or important reminders!

West Elm

 

Coffee mugs and water bottles are common gifts, but we love these two and just couldn’t resist adding them in to the mix!

Kate Spade

 

 

S’ip by S’Well, Available at Target

 

 

What are your favorite gifts to receive as a teacher?  We’d love to know in the comments!  Happy holidays!

 

P.S. For more ideas, be sure to check out Holiday Teacher Gifts From Your Kids

Study in Style

Now that school is back in session, mid terms will be here before you know it!  All that school work demands the perfect place to study- and everyone has a certain method they like to stick to.  

Do you like to kick back and relax with your books and settle into a nice, cozy chair?  Or maybe you prefer to double down and focus on your work at a separate desk.  Whatever your study style is, we’ve got plenty of ideas to get your work space organized in style!

If you typically study for extended periods of time, this set-up might just be perfect;  A plush, cozy seat to sink into, and an adjustable desk that will move with you when you need to stretch those legs!

PB Teen

 

With all that studying, you might just need a soft place to unwind.  We love how IKEA’s floor pillow can be propped up against the wall for this snuggly look!

IKEA

 

Just because you’re stuck inside doesn’t mean you can’t have a bright and cheery room.  Plenty of sunshine, plants, and bright artwork work wonders in this space!

Pottery Barn

 

College dorms and small apartments are notoriously tight on space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a place to work!  These minimalist wall desks are the perfect small space solution- especially with a stool tucked in when not in use.

Urban Outfitters

 

 

West Elm

 

Love this idea, but have a little extra wall space?  Try one with ladder shelves for more storage!

Crate & Barrel

 

This drafting desk not only adjusts height, it even rotates on an angle!

Restoration Hardware

 

To add a little bit of flair to your classic desk, try a fun and stylish chair.  We love these chairs with the stylish gold bar handle!

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

P.S. For more office space tips, check out: Turn a Spare Bedroom into a Home Office/Guest Room

Dorm Design For 2017

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

It may have been several years since I’ve needed to gear up for decorating my college dorm, but I’ll never forget all of the tips and tricks that I learned over those years.  Whether you live on campus or in an apartment, one thing is usually certain for college living- space is tight!  I needed to learn how to live in a tiny little area, with way more things than I had space for.  I’ve collected some of my favorite dorm decor items for you, and hope it might inspire you to rethink your design this year to make better use of your little space!

 

 

Many dorms will come furnished, but for those of you in an apartment, you may need to invest in a bed yourself.  This storage headboard is the perfect piece of furniture for a busy college student because you can store your electronics and books right in your headboard after a long night of studying.  Not to mention that you could even add a nightlight on there and totally skip a nightstand all together and save even more space!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

My roommates and I were always having get-togethers and “family dinners” with all of our friends, but never had enough seating for everyone.  We bought a few collapsible lounge chairs like this butterfly chair (and a fold-up nest chair), that we would keep in our closet and just take out whenever we needed that extra seating.  It saved us floor space only having to take them out when needed, and they were always cute and comfy for our guests!

Target

Target

 

If you’ve moved away for college, chances are that your friends from home will be crashing at your dorm during a visit or two over the school year.  Not only are futons smart for an extra bed, this one even has extra storage on the side!  Genius!

Better Homes and Gardens, Available at Walmart

Better Homes and Gardens, Available at Walmart

 

Usually, dorms have pretty bare (and sometimes horribly painted!) walls that will need a little extra life to make your room feel more personal.  These cute wall hangers from Ikea are great to add some pizazz to your wall as well as some storage for hats, scarves, or sweaters.

IKEA

IKEA

 

Or, try a bright, colorful tapestry like this one to really cover up those walls and make your room fun!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Once again, counter space is usually minimal in a dorm room.  Not to mention all the days I woke up late for class and needed breakfast on the go… and quickly!  How awesome is this breakfast sandwich maker?!  I wish I had found this when I was still in college!!

Target

Target

 

With computers, phones, iPads, stereos, and TV’s, my roommates and I had cords hanging in every direction.  Something like this would be perfect for the back of your desk or TV console to keep everything neat and organized.

The Container Store

The Container Store

 

If you’re like I was, most college kids are either lounging on their bed or their desk chairs when friends are over.  Having a desk chair like this one will double up as extra cozy seating for you and your friends, as well as a nice chair to be able to relax and read your book in, instead of having to stay in an uncomfortable desk chair all day studying.

PB Teen

PB Teen

 

A charging station on the back your computer?  This is perfect to keep all of your electronics in one place, and would be great to use even on a nightstand to charge everything at night (and still have your alarm on your phone ready by the bed in the morning!).

Houzz

 

 

 During your college dorm years, have you found any great space saving techniques that you’d like to share with us?  We’d love to hear what worked for you!

Holiday Teacher Gifts From Your Kids

Teachers are one of our nation’s treasures.  We hand our children to them to educate, and they give us back more than we could ever ask for.  How can you thank them?  Holidays are a great way to acknowledge their tireless efforts.  Here are some inexpensive yet thoughtful gifts that will let your favorite teacher know that he/she is appreciated!

 

When my children were in school, I would have them write a note of thanks to their teachers.  It seemed like such a small gesture, but it was so genuinely appreciated.  How about taking that note and enclosing it with some personalized stationary or notepad?

Personalized Notecard Set- CurioPress via Etsy

Personalized Notecard Set- CurioPress via Etsy

 

 

A bookmark is always a thoughtful teacher gift, and this personalized one is all the more special!

Personalized Bookmark- Kraze4paper via Etsy

Personalized Bookmark- Kraze4paper via Etsy

 

 

I always love to give a gift that continues to give.  And what teacher wouldn’t be honored to receive a gift whose proceeds go to a charity for children like this coin purse with donations to St. Jude’s Hospital.

St. Jude Metallic Hearts Leather Zipper Case- West Elm

St. Jude Metallic Hearts Leather Zipper Case- West Elm

 

 

Is your child artistic?  Perhaps they can enclose a drawing in this personalized folder to make their gift even more meaningful!

Personalized Pocker Folder- BolandDesignPaperCo via Etsy

Personalized Pocker Folder- BolandDesignPaperCo via Etsy

 

 

Do you have a favorite holiday cookie?  Who doesn’t love fresh baked goodies!?  Present them on this giving plate, and your favorite teacher can continue to spread the “goodies” of the holidays.

The Giving Plate- Crate & Barrel

The Giving Plate- Crate & Barrel

 

 

Even in our digital world, teachers have wads of papers that they must keep sorted.  This is a great and attractive file box they can put on their desk.  It even has matching pen holders, and other desk organizers in the collection!

White Nest Desktop File- The Container Store

White Nest Desktop File- The Container Store

 

 

Maybe just a little something for their desk?  How nice to have cute desktop treasures such as this pencil holder and tape dispenser to keep their necessities.

Ideas in Bloom Desk Organizer- ModCloth

Ideas in Bloom Desk Organizer- ModCloth

Let's Just Wing It Tape Dispenser- ModCloth

Let’s Just Wing It Tape Dispenser- ModCloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever you choose to give, remember it’s the opportunity to say thank you and show your appreciation that is really what your child’s teacher wants.  So keep it simple, it truly is the thought that counts!

10 Best Dorm Finds Under $50

Get a head start to your back to college shopping with these affordable gadgets we LOVE!  Whether it’s saving space or time, these dorm room finds are just what you need for your year ahead!

 

1. Mirror with Hooks

Every dorm room needs a mirror- why not get one with hooks to hang your jewelry, scarves, or hats?

IKEA, $38.00

IKEA, $38.00

 

2. Under-the-Bed Shoe Organizer

Let’s face it, your neatly organized shoes on the closet floor won’t last long.  Soon, there will be a messy pile of shoes under your clothes, and finding pairs will prove a never-ending struggle.  Keep your shoes tidy (and out of sight) with this under-the-bed compartment!

The Container Store

The Container Store, $19.99

 

3. 3-in-1 Breakfast Nook

Counter space is always limited in smaller spaces, ESPECIALLY in dorms and apartments!  Save yourself some room (and money!) by choosing one of these 3-in-1 breakfast nooks with a coffee pot, toaster, and griddle all in one!

Elite by Maxi-Matic (Available at Wayfair), $39.99

Elite by Maxi-Matic (Available at Wayfair), $39.99

4. Snooze iPhone Dock

College students need plenty of sleep- make hitting that “snooze” button on the weekends easier with the Snooze iPhone dock.  This will not only allow you to snooze your alarm simply by tapping on the top, but also keep your cords tidy and from falling off your nightstand!

Distilunion, $34.99

Distilunion, $34.99

 

5. Mattress Caddy

Late night studying?  If you like to read and study in bed, grab a mattress caddy to drop your books in before dozing off!

Bed Bath & Beyond, $14.99

Studio 3B (Available at Bed Bath & Beyond), $14.99

 

6.  Indoor Grill

With easy-to-clean, dishwasher safe plates, this grill couldn’t be easier for a busy college student!  Not to mention, it’s easy to store and save counter space!

Cuisinart, $50 (Available at Amazon)

Cuisinart, $50 (Available at Amazon)

 

7. Folding Chair

In a small dorm or apartment, seating is always a huge issue when you have visitors.  Jillian actually had a chair just like this one in her apartment that she would take out whenever needed, and fold back up to store in the closet as soon as guests were gone!

Bed Bath & Beyond, $49.99

Bed Bath & Beyond, $49.99

 

8. Mini Fridge

If your roommates keep stealing your lunch, you may want to stick a personal mini fridge in your bedroom for your own private stash!

Koolatron, $40.99 (Available at Amazon)

Koolatron, $40.99 (Available at Amazon)

 

9. Pyrex Bowls

Easy to stack and store, these Pyrex bowls are genius for the college dorm!  Use them for mixing and food prep, and then pop the lid on top and throw the leftovers in the fridge- save yourself from extra dish washing!

Target, $13.39

Target, $13.39

 

10.  Over-the-Door Storage

Pottery Barn, $39

Pottery Barn, $39

Towels, shoes, sweatshirts- you name it, and it probably needs a place to be stored.  Save your floorspace and grab an over-the-door storage rack for your odds and ends!

 

 

What are your favorite college gadgets?  Have you tried any products that make dorm life easier?  Share with us your favorite design hacks!