Daycare Gift Hack

Daycare Gift Hack

Posted by Mary on Feb 10th 2020

If you follow me on social media, you've seen my little Theo a time or twelve.  :) I love sharing photos of him because he grows so quickly and each age is so fun & new. He's our only child and life before him is honestly hard to remember!  He is now 14 months old and still changing every single day.  He's starting to get my attitude and lack of patience.  Bless his heart!  I have really loved being a mom and all the things that come with it.  One of the things that is fairly new to us is the daycare world.  We held off on putting him in part time daycare until he was 9 months old.  I think it was the time that he got into my screen print ink at work that sealed that deal.  True story.  Huge mom fail on my part.  Will blog about that some other time. :)

I've learned so many things since he started.  This year I learned that some kids give holiday gifts.  Thankfully, one of the moms gave a Christmas gift several days in advance so I had time to react with a gift for Theo to take to his little friends.  Now LISTEN carefully to this next part.  THIS IS OPTIONAL!!!  If this is not something you want to tackle or start, don't.  I decided to do it because I do love a good craft and hunting for something cute & unique to give.  If you don't have a creative bone in your body and the thought of it makes you want to vomit, forget it!  Not everyone gives gifts and that is 100% ok!  Some of my best mom friends are the ones who are like 'screw that' and I can appreciate that mentality!  Now, even if you aren't creative these gifts are nothing extravagant.  The gift Theo got at Christmas was a cute Little Debbie brownie dressed as a reindeer.  (See Pinterest for all kinds of inspiration!)  There are seriously tons of cheap ideas out there.  Today, I started on his Valentine gift and was able to stay away from candy.  Just because you never know sugar rules or allergies.  Since he's in the baby room, he constantly has a runny nose so I felt this was extremely appropriate for his class and perfect for both girls & boys.  I normally would have my crazy talented friend Ashley over at Making Memories on Paper design this for me but I wanted to give it out tomorrow and I didn't want to rush her with it.  So, I quickly designed it myself and sent it over to my local Office Depot for printing & cutting.  Office Depot had them ready for pickup in around 2 hours!  Theo only has 7 people in his class & 2 teachers so this little project cost me around $16.  Would have been $3 cheaper if I cut the printable myself but I can't cut a straight line to save my life so I let them do it. See outline below:

Printable from Office Depot - 110lb cardstock & cut (I ordered a quantity of 5 pages with 2 prints on 1 page) = $6

If you have a full color printer, you could also print these at home!

Huggies wipes 24 count at Walgreens = $1/ea - I bought 7

Purell Hand Sanitizer at Walgreens on keyring = $1.50/ea - I bought 2 for both his teachers.

Jute - I did have this at home and use it all the time for things. Here it is at Hobby Lobby for $3.99.  This will last you forever!  This is what I used to attach the card to the wipes and purell after I punched a hole in corner of card.

That's it!  Literally took me maybe 10 minutes to put them all together.  So there ya have it!  If you'd like to use this printable, I've attached a link to FREE download below.  It will come with just "love" and you can add your kids name using a marker or pen after you get them printed. FREE PRINTABLE DOWNLOAD