Do you exchange gifts with your teammates for the holiday? I do, and those gifts are always the hardest ones for me to choose. Every year, my family members are all checked off my list, and my three teammates’ names are there until the last minute. This year, I decided to change that, and I found the perfect gifts for them. Keep reading to find out how to get the perfect gift for your teammates at school.
The History of Gifts for My Teammates
In my 12 years of teaching, I’ve never been happy with the gifts I’ve chosen for my teammates. It’s usually the week before holiday break, and I’m frantically looking for something to give them. I go to a store and look for anything they might like or I search on Amazon for something that can be delivered within a week.
Some of the gifts I ended up with were:
- Bath Sets
- Pancake Mixes
- Pen Sets
All of those things are gifts they can get from their students. I wanted something special, something personalized for them. Those are always the gifts I love most – the ones that are just for me.
The Perfect Gift
One day as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I realized that the perfect gift had been right under my nose for a while. My blogging friend, Nikki, posted some new pillows she designed for her business, the Make Lemonade Shop. I always look forward to seeing Nikki’s new creative ideas. All of her pillows feature beautiful, hand-painted designs.
I knew Nikki made some personalized pillows for children’s rooms. I considered getting some for my kids. Then, I had a better idea. What if I had special pillows made for my teammates? They all have themes for their classrooms and chairs they sit on for read alouds. Personalized pillows would be perfect!
I emailed Nikki to ask if my vision would be possible. I wanted each teacher’s name painted on the pillow with a cute design. I’ve been teaching with 2 of my teammates for 10 years. One loves pandas and has lots of panda decorations in her classroom. The other has an owl motif. My third teammate just started this year, so I don’t know her as well. I decided to go with a school supplies theme for her pillow.
Nikki wrote back and said that she loved the idea and was excited to work with me on the project. She even suggested that we put books on the backs of the pillows with titles that matched the theme. What a perfect idea!
After I sent Nikki some pictures of pandas, owls, and school supplies that I liked, she got to work. She sent me sketches of what she envisioned for each pillow, and they were better than anything I could have imagined. Nikki started painting, and I eagerly awaited the arrival of the pillows.
It was the day before Thanksgiving. I had just survived two full days of parent-teacher conferences. I was wrapping some Christmas presents in my living room (yes, I’m really trying to get ahead this year). The doorbell rang, and when I got there, a big box was waiting for me. I knew immediately what it was!
I brought the box inside and carefully cut through the tape. Then, I pulled out the pillows one-by-one and was awe-struck by the details Nikki included in each one.
When I got to the bottom of the box, I realized that she even made a special pillow for me with my favorite animal that I use to decorate my classroom – otters!
Now, I’m just waiting for Christmas to come so I can give these gifts to my teammates. I’m finally excited about a gift I have for them, and I don’t have to buy something at the last minute. They are absolutely going to love these pillows!
How Can You Get Pillows from the Make Lemonade Shop?
Nikki makes all kinds of pillows for the Make Lemonade Shop. Just click on the link to check out the designs she has available now! You can also request a special design, like I did.
These pillows make perfect gifts for everyone on your Christmas list, not just your teammates! My daughter is already trying to steal them. “They so pretty and comfy,” she keeps saying. I guess I know what I’m getting her for her birthday.
What Do You Think?
Which pillow design is your favorite?
Let me know in the comments below.