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Five A+ Teacher Gifts during COVID

23 Apr

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The last school year has been challenging as teachers had to navigate teaching either in-person, online or a hybrid.  Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3 – 7 this year.  While your child may not see their teacher(s) in person, you can still get them a gift for Teacher Appreciation Week or for the end of the school year.  If your child’s schedule is fully remote, you can arrange a time to drop off the gift(s) at the school and always follow up by email to ensure they received it.

What should I get as a gift?

Showing your appreciation can mean something as simple and meaningful as a handwritten thank you note from your child to their teacher.  You may also consider having the entire classroom donate towards a bigger gift from the class.  Here are a five of our favorite teacher gift ideas to inspire you:

Apple and Pencil Border Post-It Pack

No matter in-person or online, every teacher could use his/her own set of personalized Post-it® notes.  The Apple and Pencil Border Post-it® Pack has an optional holder so it can sit nicely on their desk and makes it easy to jot down notes for themselves, their students or parents.

Teachers are Virtually Unstoppable Chunky Notepad

Have a little fun with a gift that takes the year into account with the Teachers are Virtually Unstoppable Chunky Notepad.  Perfect for jotting down notes during class or at home.

Nantucket Deluxe Tote Bag with Kelly Green Trim

The personalized Nantucket Deluxe Tote Bag is perfect for carrying assignments, grade books, lunch, etc.  In the summer it serves a dual purpose as a beach/pool tote to enjoy their time off!

#1 Teacher Personalized Tervis Water Bottle

Show your teacher their #1 with the #1 Teacher Personalized Tervis Water Bottle.  Easy to take on-the-go, every teacher needs to stay hydrated during the day, so why not give them something that’s memorable and practical?

 

Alphabet Teacher Folded Note Cards

Something a teacher always needs is personalized note cards.  These Alphabet Teacher Folded Note Cards are perfect for writing thank you notes for all their gifts, personal notes to students and classroom volunteers.

With the school year almost over, start planning your teacher gift(s) now so they know just how much you’ve appreciated them during this difficult school year!

XO,

Jennifer

The Grad Gift Idea that’s Tastemaker Approved

22 Mar

Grad season is approaching quickly! Kids graduating from high school and college getting ready for the next stage in their lives.  What kind of gift can you give the graduate?  We absolutely love the gift our Tastemaker Elizabeth Mayhew gives.

“I always give personalized note cards as a graduation gift and usually I choose it in the graduate’s school colors. Personalized stationery is a good staple for grads to have as they head into the adult world, not only to write thank you notes to all of their past professors, but also to write thank you notes to all of their future employers!”

A box of personalized stationery is truly a wonderful gift idea.  I would even add a booklet of stamps to encourage more handwritten letters!

Congrats to the Grads of 2018!

xo,

Jennifer

Q & A with Tastemaker Elizabeth Mayhew

31 Aug

Elizabeth Mayhew

Meet our Tastemaker Elizabeth Mayhew!

Photo: Elizabeth Mayhew Instagram

Elizabeth Mayhew is currently the Brand Editor for Reese Witherspoon’s Southern-inspired brand, Draper James, a contributing editor at NBC’s Today Show and a monthly columnist for The Washington Post. She also is the author of FLIP! for Decorating (Ballantine). She has worked for a number of publications including REAL SIMPLE, House Beautiful, Southern Living, and Woman’s Day.

We are inspired by her Instagram posts which usually involve beautiful scenery shots and gorgeous baked goods. She has a keen eye for unique {and memorable} hostess gifts. We hope you enjoy getting to know her!

Q.

What is your favorite thing about being the brand editor for Draper James?

A.

I love working with the dynamic and very talented staff of Draper James. From the design team to the store associates, everyone who works at the company embodies the positive Southern values that Reese Witherspoon, the company’s founder, established from the beginning. It’s a happy brand, where grace, charm, kindness, and good manners are prized. Plus I love the clothes!

Q.

What is one thing anyone can do to update their home?

A.

Install dimmers on all of your light switches! The proper lighting can easily transform a room from looking like an overlit hospital waiting room to a warm and inviting sitting room.

Q.

We know you love to bake. What is your favorite dessert to bring to a get together?

A.

I bake every weekend and post images on Instagram, so my friends who follow me usually call to put in an order. My go-to dessert to bring to a party is some sort of pie, mostly because pies transport easily. The variety I make depends on the season—fruit pies for summer, cream pies for spring, and nut pies for fall and winter. I get the most requests for my lime pie (you could use key limes too, but they are harder to find).

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mayhew

Q.

You are the queen of an amazing hostess gift. What is your one go-to that’s always a hit?

A.

I have three go-to hostess gifts: if I plan well ahead, I like to order personalized guest towels from The Stationery Studio. If I have time the day or night before a party, I will bake a sweet bread, like banana bread and wrap it up in a dish towel so that the host has breakfast the next morning. If I have no time, I draw from my stash of Draper James Orange Blossom Special Candles—it’s my favorite scent!

Banana Bread

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mayhew

Q.

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime?

A.

I love to bake of course (see above!), but I also am a big reader. A few of my recent favorites are: A Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles, The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee, What She Ate by Laura Shapiro, and Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. And if you haven’t read the Neopolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante, you should!

Book images: Amazon