Give Extra Thanks to Teachers + Gift Basket Idea

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Give Extra

November is all about giving thanks for all our blessings and to those who matter most.  Is there anyone you want to give extra thanks to?  I appreciate everyone in my life who makes every day special (like my husband, stepson, parents, and yes, the fur children) and I enjoy celebrating special moments with them, but lately I’ve found myself thinking of some of the people who I do not see but have still made an extra impact in my life.  Do you have anyone like this?

I, personally, am referring to teachers.  When I was growing up, I was in love with all things school related, and I pretty much always wanted to be a teacher or a writer.  I went on to college and I opted to drop my major in education and instead go for a double major in English and history, and I’m both proud and thankful for that decision every day.


About a year after I graduated, I missed research and writing, and so I decided to start my blog. (I thought of it as just a hobby, and I barely knew what I was doing at the time.)  And flash forward to now….I’m really pleased with how far my blog has come.  I’m happy that I get to work from my home, and I get to make money writing and being creative.

Although the decisions have all been mine, and I’ve had to do all the work throughout high school, college, and up to now,  I still feel deep admiration and appreciation for all my teachers but especially for my English teachers, who emphasized writing and encouraged thinking and creativity, while also requiring hard work and self-discipline.  I learned so much in their classrooms, and to this day, I still benefit from the lessons they taught me.


While shopping for gifts this holiday season, don’t forget your child’s teacher, especially those who are really working hard to make a difference in people’s lives.  And while you’re at it, consider looking up a teacher who inspired you and telling her thank you for everything she did for you.

Another way you can give extra thanks to a teacher this holiday season is by ditching the same old boring gifts and putting together a one of a kind gift basket.  Making a gift basket requires a little more time, effort, and thought than a lot of other gifts we could choose.  This aspect alone is enough to make anyone appreciate the gift.  Plus,the recipient of your gift basket will be wowed instantly by the presentation before she even gets a chance to investigate the contents.

Give Extra Gift Basket

 Your gift basket can obviously hold anything you like, and can even follow a theme (ie – coffee lover’s basket, bath & body basket, etc.)

But here I’ve created a basket with a hodge podge of items:  Extra Gum, Cookies & Snack Bars, Lotion Chapstick, scented candle, journal, socks, and an ornament from my shop.

Gift Basket


Who do you want to give extra thanks to this year?  What’s your favorite way to say thank you and celebrate those special people in your life?



  1. What a great gift basket! As a former teacher myself, I can speak to the importance of recognizing teachers for their hard work…they definitely go the “extra” mile on a daily basis! #client

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