We wanted to do something a little different this year, a sort of pay it forward for all the hardworking people in your life, and thus Givemas was born.
Coolest part? We’re only featuring Albertan businesses!
As we’ve shared before, we think experience gifts are a pretty awesome way to go about buying presents for the holidays. Take a peek at why we love them here. Need ideas for experience type gifts for the kiddos on your list? Look no further!
With Christmas just around the corner it is time to start thinking about gifts for our children and others. The grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends have started asking us for gift ideas for the kids and one of the things we always tell them is that we would appreciate experience type gifts. Yes, toys, books, games and art supplies are exciting- but the experience gift is something that really goes the distance with holiday gift giving- in our homes at least.
We love teachers for all they do. Like, REALLY love them. Without teachers, you’d be teaching your kids quadratic equations. I do not possess enough patience to wait for them to get their shoes on in the morning, never mind teaching them math. Which is why at Christmas, I make sure I put some effort into choosing a good teacher gift.
We asked a bunch of teachers (my sister included) on what they’d appreciate this yule-tide season and they’ve given us the goods on what they want, what they really really want.
Need a gift that reflects your adoration for teaching your kid day in and day out? We’ve got that for you in the form of wine and gift cards.
Let’s face it. It’s Christmas and children are out of their MINDS right now. Imagine having 25-30 8 years old kids in one room every day a week before Christmas? No. me neither. Get that teacher some booze. Gift cards are a more “classy” way to bring some bubbly into the classroom, this way your kid isn’t walking around the playground with a bottle of pinot grigio, plus the teacher gets to pick the booze of their fancy.
Your teacher may not actually drink alcohol, so this might not be the best gift if you’ve never actually met the teacher.
Sometimes you straight up don’t know your kid’s teacher, especially as your kids get older and you’re no longer needed (ie: wanted) in the classroom.
Gift cards are easy for a couple of reasons.
Teachers are often spending their own money on supplies needed for the classroom, so a gift card to Education Station might come in handy if you know that this is something they’d appreciate.
No matter what you get for your teacher this holiday season whether buying a gift or creating one (check here for DIY Christmas projects), a nice handwritten note or card from your child is the icing on the cake. As much as we love teachers it’s always nice to get a note or a drawing from a child, especially when they’re really little and their writing is the cutest.
Did you get your teacher a gift? Do you get them for karate and piano teachers too? How do you decide what to get them? Let us know in the comments.
We all love the idea of shopping locally, but often we forget how important it is to actually go out there and spend locally! There are so many local businesses in Grande Prairie, but we thought we’d make a list of all the places you can shop locally in Grande Prairie this holiday season.
Spending money in a local business isn’t just about supporting a local family, but it’s good for the economy! It’s known as the Multiplier Effect and Wikipedia can go through the details for you here, but essentially it means that when you spend your money in your community with a locally owned and operated business it circulates the wealth back into your community. It’s a win-win. Really, who doesn’t love their locally owned coffee-shops and boutiques!
In no particular order, here are some places we’ll be shopping this holiday season.
Cute as a Bugs Ear
Address: #104 – 10605 West Side Dr.
What to shop for: Anything kids!
What to shop for: Organic and ethically made baby clothing and toys. We LOVE this little fawn.
What to shop for: Memberships to the art gallery are an inexpensive gift for an art lover or for a unique gift for those that love experiences over things.
What to shop for: Handmade organic bath and beauty products such as bubble bath, lotions and lip balms, perfect for our Northern Albertan climate.
Rustic Little Lamb
What to shop for: Custom homemade signs for your home.
What to shop for: Fun tees, wooden signs furniture.
Yes, of course, we want quality time spent with family, to see the excitement in our kid’s eyes, cozying up near a fireplace with some hot chocolate but we’re just going to be honest here.
In the words of Julie Andrews, “These are a few of our favourite things”
What’s on YOUR list?
When I buy Christmas gifts for the women in my life I really like to purchase something unique and local. Little treasures that were lovingly created or designed by other women in Alberta who have far more creative vision then myself. Enter the perfect collab: Twig and Velvet + ANNAËL!
The owners of these two local companies, Monika & Leanne, have actually been working together for quite some time, but have finally made it official with their new online shop, twigandvelvet.com!
Twig and Velvet offers stunning silver, metal & semi precious stone jewellery designed and handcrafted right in Beaumont Alberta. ANNAËL is a creation of wearable art (handwoven silk scarves and cotton shirts), and is the brain child of the owner who is also a professional photographer from Beaumont. Both of their unique designs are sold on their new online platform as well as their newest collaboration and “love child”: Anna’s Velvet. This collection includes wares like modern pearl items, leather wrap bracelets and a to die for 3 way poncho scarf.
Last year, I purchased gifts from both of these companies: sparkly bracelets with gold clasps and a silk infinity scarf with the most beautiful photograph of a flower on it. All were very well received by their happy recipients! What I like most, besides the constantly evolving designs (they really never stop creating, ever), is that these local ladies have a “Chosen Acts of Kindness” program. With this program, they will give back in some way with a random act of kindness that they will be sharing via social media and on their blog. I can not wait to see what creative ways they come up with to give back!
You can shop all 3 collections (Twig & Velvet, ANNAEL and Anna’s Velvet) here! Don’t forget if you are in Beaumont there is free pickup as well. Happy Holiday Shopping!
*This post was brought to you by Twig and Velvet. As always, all opinions stated are my own.
How do you thank the person who taught your child to read? The person who somehow managed to put up with not just your child’s “quirks” but also, 24 other students. The teacher who, at the end of the school year, still looks relatively normal? With gifts. Really good gifts.
Here are some of our favourites:
Teachers don’t need another mug. Seriously. Put down the mug. Styling water bottles from Swell are good for the environment and are way better looking.
Starbucks, Chapters and teacher supply stores are great. Nothing like a little cold hard cash (on a gift card) to help a teacher out.
“This year we have been giving a bottle of wine and something for the classroom/program.. since lots of teachers had to throw lots out after returning from wildfire evacuation.” – Joanne, Fort McMurray
If you know your teacher likes to indulge in a glass of the good stuff, a nice bottle of wine with a little note, or a small token with it is a great touch.
We found a printable for a bottle of wine found from a really cool Albertan business HERE
Sometimes these gifts need a little more time to prep, but your teacher is worth it, right?
If the year was particularly challenging, perhaps pampering your teacher would be the way to go. Chocolate from your favourite local chocolatier along with a nice bottle of wine would be lovely. Perhaps chocolate and bath bombs? Check out Albertan chocolatiers, Jacek , Violet Chocolate Company. or Chokolat. Actually, while you’re there, get yourself that gift too for making through another school year.
These are the a) easiest on the parents b) the best gifts! Ask the parents in the class to donate some cashola (we recommend $20 per person if it’s feasible) for a combined gift. One (organized) parent collects the money and picks up a gift card for the teacher. In the past, I’ve been a part of gifts that included hotel stays for a teacher that goes to Seattle every year (it covered the cost of one-night stay), or a spa day! Easy for the parents and the best gifts ever for the teacher.
It’s important that your child is involved (even slightly) during this process, it was their teacher after all. Handmade cards reflect all the child has learnt throughout the year as well as put a personal touch for the gift.
If you’re feeling crafty, The DIY Mommy has a great craft for you to do with your child and… free printables too!
Inspired? Got a better idea? What are you getting your teacher this year?