How to Make 30 Simple Gifts in Under 30 Minutes for Under $30

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2019

simple teacher gifts

Are you looking for simple teacher gifts that will work for ALL of your teachers, coaches, instructors, counselors, leaders, directors, bus drivers, babysitters, youth pastors, and all the other important people involved in your children’s daily lives?

Or maybe you want to bring holiday treats to your own friends, neighbors, coworkers, colleagues, extended family members, church staff, mentors, instructors, leaders, Bible Study group, mail delivery people, favorite barista, etc.?

If you’re like me, you have grand gift-giving plans, but don’t always follow through because it’s hard to find the time (or the budget) to give gifts to all these extra people.

This time of year is already so “full” of extra stuff, it’s hard to find the time to think of, make, buy, wrap, and deliver gifts for so many different people — especially on a tight schedule (and an even tighter budget).

If this scenario sounds familiar, I think you’ll love the simple holiday gifts I’m sharing today. 

And yes, I have FREE printable gift tags to make the process that much simpler and easier for you! 

free printable holiday gift tags

printable holiday gift tags

simple teacher gifts with free printable gift tag

I love giving small gifts to all the special people in our lives, and my clutter-free lifestyle means I’m always searching for disposable and consumable gifts versus giving one more coffee mug or Christmas tree ornament! 😉

And since I give LOTS of gifts during the holiday season, I need to come up with a way to keep the cost and time-commitment in check.

simple holiday gifts

assembling simple holiday gifts

simple teacher gifts with free printable tags

simple teacher gifts

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Thanks in part to the printable tags, I think this year’s gift is quite possibly my simplest, easiest, fastest gift idea yet! 

In fact, I made my first 30 simple teacher gifts in under 30 minutes for under $30!

Does that sound doable? 

Keep reading for detailed instructions, how-to tips, product sources, and my free printable gift tags! 

Yield: 30 gifts

How to Make 30 Simple Holiday Gifts in Under 30 Minutes for Under $30!

How to Make 30 Simple Holiday Gifts in Under 30 Minutes for Under $30!

If you're looking for a simple, frugal, clutter-free way to spread a little Christmas cheer to all the special people in your life, THIS is it!

Be sure to use my free printable gift tags to make this gift extra special (and a little easier for you!)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Snack size zip-top bags
  • Whatever snacks you want to fill the bags with (see my suggestions below!) 
  • 12" x 12" Colorful Cardstock or Construction Paper
  • Paper Cutter (or ruler and scissors)
  • Stapler
  • Glue Stick
  • FREE Printable Gift Tags (download below)

Instructions

  1. Place your goodies in each zip-top bag (I did 5 pretzels or 5 caramels).
  2. Print as many free printables as you need (there are 5 tags per page)
  3. Cut printable tags to roughly 7" x 1.5"
  4. Cut craft paper into 8" x 4" rectangles.
  5. Fold cut craft paper in half (8" x 2" finished dimensions) and staple one paper on the top of each zip-top bag.
  6. Glue printable tags to card stock (covering staples)
  7. REPEAT and give to everyone on your gift list this year!

Notes

You can EASILY make this gift work for any season of the year -- just change out the treats inside, change the color of the cardstock, and add a different tag (or no tag at all).

Some other ideas for this type of gift are trail mix, granola, peanuts and M&M's, Chex mix, puppy chow, small pieces of fudge, fancy peppermints, fancy chocolates, peppermint sticks, and more!

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Didn’t they turn out so cute?! 

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simple holiday food gifts

Of course, you could beef up this simple teacher gift by adding a gift card or something else along with it. But even without anything extra, I feel these simple gifts will show the special people in your life that you value them and appreciate their role in your life (or your children’s lives). 

Some of you might feel that giving food gifts is not appropriate — and there are always allergy issues to consider. However, in my “circle” of people, food gifts are extremely common and very acceptable. Plus, I honestly can’t think of a non-food gift idea that would be so simple, quick, and frugal to make. 

If you’re looking for simple holiday gifts to spread a little Christmas cheer to all the special people in your life, THIS is it!

  • no baking required
  • no crafting expertise needed (just a little cutting and gluing) 
  • simple supplies (many of which you probably have in your home already)
  • quick and simple to put together
  • customizable based on your own preferences
  • easily transportable (even in a child’s backpack)
  • simple ingredients with a long shelf-life, so you can make the gifts in advance
  • 100% clutter-free — no more junk for others to feel guilted into saving!

free printable holiday gift tags

Download your FREE printable gift tags and create your simple teacher gifts today! 

FREE “Merry Christmas” Printable Tags

FREE “Happy Holidays” Printable Tags

FREE “A Gift For You” Printable Tags (for non-holiday gifts)

Seriously, you can whip out 30 or more of these cute little gifts in 30 minutes flat.

One more BIG to-do crossed off your list this holiday season! 

What are your favorite SIMPLE teacher gifts (or simple gifts for anyone else on your list)? 

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20 comments

  1. Meghan

    12/04/2019

    Cute idea! This is a little too crafty for me 😉
    The teacher/ random gift I keep on hand is Bath and Body Works handsoaps and holiday hand towels. The total gift costs about $6. I get the soaps then they are $2.95 and then have a 20% coupon. I get the towels from kohl’s for around $3.30 each after sales and coupons. Utilize kohl’s cash and the gift is even more inexpensive.

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  2. Karen

    12/03/2019

    Great ideas! I probably need to take my 29 yr old daughter’s beloved paper cutter to her next time I visit. That was her most beloved Christmas present when she was in junior high.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — yes, our kids LOVE the paper cutter, and I actually use it A LOT!

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  3. Lois

    12/03/2019

    What an excellent idea! I plan to take a bunch of these to a friend who is a resident in an assisted living facility so he can have something to give his helpers and friends that come by to visit him.

    Thank you!

    P.S. I could use a few more ideas for cheap non-food items. I’m thinking of some fabric bookmarks which I make myself with 2 pieces of fabric with fabric glue pressed between and cut with pinking shears.

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh that’s a GREAT idea! thanks for sharing Lois!

    a few other readers left comments with non-food gift ideas. go check those out!

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  4. Linda Tenhage

    12/03/2019

    I like giving $10 gift cards to Tim Horton’s. Who doesn’t love a coffee? And even if they don’t, I’m not at all offended if they regift it!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, that’s a great gift. I’m not sure I could give $10 to EVERY person on our list, but I’m positive your teachers appreciate this gift from you!

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  5. Kelly S

    12/03/2019

    These are really cute! Here are a few things that could be put in these bags that are non-food (mostly kid ideas) –
    – crayons (get a big 128 crayon box and divvy up)
    – stickers
    – jingle bells along with a piece of string to make into a necklace
    – washi tape rolls (you can buy a tube of many rolls on Amazon for a good price. You could divide this among several bags. I think this would be good for adults too!)
    – itty bitty clothespins, colorful paper clips, mini post it notes, or other cute office supplies

    You could also do wrapped candies like Starburst, fun size candy bars, or Hershey’s kisses, which some people feel better about because it’s a sealed item…

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    Kelly Reply:

    Thanks for the printable!

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    Andrea Reply:

    you’re welcome 🙂

    And thank YOU for these great ideas of non-food gifts!

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  6. Ashley

    12/03/2019

    Great idea! If people are concerned about having food gifts because of allergies, one could easily print a list of ingredients to glue on the back of the tag. Even if a person can’t eat it, I’m sure they’ll still appreciate the thought!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, that was my thought — it’s the gesture and the thought on this one. They can always re=-gift if they have dietary restrictions!

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  7. JJ

    12/03/2019

    We made cinnamon ornaments(just 2 regular sized bottles of cinnamon and 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce mixed together). Bake them or let air dry(baking works better in my opinion). The smell is amazing! My kids had fun cutting them out. You throw them away when you take your Christmas decorations down. Everyone loved them when we did them two years ago, so we did them this year. We still have to make more for our library and Target friends, Haha! I used discounted ribbon from Hobby Lobby and discounted bags from JoAnns.

    I so wish my kids and all our friends didn’t have so many food allergies, or I would totally go your route!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    cute – that sounds like a fun project for the kids (and easy!) I just got a food dehydrator — would that work well for this?

    Also, some other readers have left comments with really good ideas for non-food gifts (perfect for your friends with allergies!)

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    Leslie Reply:

    Hi Andrea, what kind of dehydrator did you get? I’ll be looking for a post on this.

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    Andrea Reply:

    It’s the Casori brand — I haven’t used it yet, but I’m sure I’ll share more on the blog soon!

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    Nancy Reply:

    Love this idea! My husband and kids made cinnamon & applesauce ornaments for me one Christmas and we still have them more than a decade later.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I want to do that with my kids sometime — maybe next year when Clara is a little older!

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  8. Samantha

    12/03/2019

    Great idea, Andrea! I don’t have children but may use this idea for my hair stylist, neighbors and others! One thought for people who don’t want to give food gifts would be to pick up inexpensive and cute sticky note pads, small scented hand sanitizers/lotions, or even little doggie treats for friends with pets “happy paw-lidays.” Thanks for the constant inspiration and practical everyday advice. You are truly a breath of fresh air in a culture of “influencers” pushing to sell you the next best thing you “need” for the holidays to impress people. Happy holidays to you!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes definitely! It’s not just limited to teachers — Dave and I are giving them to many people from church, neighbors, different friend groups, etc. etc.
    Thanks for your kind words and loyal readership!

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