DIY Winter Survival Teacher Gift Basket

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Many of you know that in addition to being a lifestyle blogger, I am also a teacher in an elementary school. I teach small-group reading and math and I’m with kindergarteners all day! Teachers are constantly on the go, and we often find ourselves in desperate need of a stick of gum or other quick ways to refresh over our lunch breaks or prep! Over the course of this school year, I’ve received a couple cute little baskets or buckets filled with chocolate or other fun goodies. Sometimes these gifts are from fellow teachers, and sometimes from parents of the kindergarten students with whom I work. Regardless…even simpler, thoughtful presents can mean so much to a teacher.

Winters can feel really long for just about anyone. That’s why it’s important to intentionally encourage each other…and what better way to do that than to create a fun gift basket? 🙂 I assure you, it will really brighten their day.

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How to Make a Teacher Gift Basket: Give Extra, Get Extra

1 // Consider the recipient. Think about the specific person you’d like to bless with a gift basket. What thoughtful and practical items could you include? Personal touches are always appreciated!

2 // Brainstorm ideas. When it comes to winter survival, there are several main areas where people tend to struggle: skin care, health/energy, and happiness! So I recommend categorizing your gift basket shopping list with these topics in mind.

Here’s a list of what I’m including in my gift basket:

Other bonus items:

  • Vitamin C drink mix
  • A small, cute candle
  • A $5 coffee shop gift card
  • Hand lotion

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3 // Head to Walmart with your list! 

There are a couple Walmart stores within driving distance of where I live…and I love stopping there after work or whenever I have a list. The gum I wanted to include in this gift basket is a larger pack (35 sticks), and it’s a plus that the Extra® 35-stick pack comes in a more sturdy package made from recycled materials.

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This gum can be found in the checkout aisles at Walmart – easy and convenient for you to grab as you wrap up your shopping trip! I love it because obviously, you get more gum – and it’s also easy to split between your desk at work and your purse when you’re on the go…or share with colleagues. 🙂

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4 // Find a cute basket or tin. I used a circular tin with a cute floral print – anything fresh and lovely to get our mind off winter at this point! 🙂

5 // Arrange and fill the gift basket! You can use some tissue paper underneath the gift basket items to give them a little bit of extra height.

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This winter survival gift basket is the perfect thing to help busy professionals stay fresh, healthy, and happy during a long winter season!

Have you ever put together a little gift basket for a teacher or friend?



  1. This is SUCH a cute idea! This is giving me ideas for some of the teachers I work with. It must be nice to receive a little goodie box with some essentials! I love the arrangement and the floral tin. Very fun!

    1. Thank you, Summer!! Yes, I’ve definitely been loving the Extra gum pack, too! I have it at work on my desk right now and I find I reach for it a lot! 🙂

  2. I always try to give gifts that are practical but still wanted and this is a perfect idea for my daughter’s teacher! #client

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