I thought I had got away lightly this year with gifts and then I remembered the teachers…I should give some gifts to the teachers…
Having two kids in different schools (one big school and one pre-school), plus other settings like after school club and nursery means lots of teachers/ people involved in their care. It would be pretty easy to go out and buy a big box of chocolates for each setting and be done with it, but I can well imagine they are overflowing with big boxes of chocolates and thought it would be nice to do something a bit different…
I do appreciate the hard work and care that these people have put into looking after my children and I do want to acknowledge it in some way. I was thinking that actually the best gift to a teacher would probably be to go and help at school every so often and I might volunteer for that next year… In the meantime though I decided to bake chocolate brownie balls and to take cuttings from some cacti I already had and re-pot them into glass jars.
To make the cactus jars pictured above:
- Take some empty jam jars and peel/ scrub off the labels (soaking in water and scrubbing with bicarbonate of soda did the trick for me – eventually)
- Cut strips of green card, wind them around the jars and stick them down with double sided sticky tape at one end.
- Fill the jars with a layer of stones to allow for drainage when the cacti get watered
- Add some cactus compost to the jars
- Take cuttings from the large cacti and put them in the soil
- Add another layer of stones on top of the soil to hold the cacti in place
I then tied some gift tags on, which I got my older son to write a message to each of his teachers in.
Last year I did something similar with aloe vera plants. I think any plant which has babies/ can be taken cuttings of which is re-potted in this way makes a very thrifty and thoughtful gift – let’s hope the teachers like them!
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