Run to Dollar Tree!

Don't mean to cause alarm, but dang did I get the cutest glasses from Dollar Tree! I was at a loss of what to do for my volunteers this year when I was roaming around the 'Tree, considering maybe picture frames with the kids signatures or something, when I spotted these cardboard tube gift containers. Super cute, right? I had no idea what I could put in them (although I debated with myself for a while) so I left them on the shelf and kept strolling. As soon as I turned the corner, I spotted the glasses! Of course, I turned around, jumped over the pile of marbles spilled on the floor, knocked over some off brand soap on display and sprinted back to the cardboard tubes and by some miracle, they fit perfectly inside! I scooped up 5 tubes, searched out 5 perfect glasses, got some shreddy stuff and made a beeline for the register. I may be embellishing the speed at which that all took place, but that's what it felt like...

I had 5 volunteers that I really wanted to acknowledge with a little something, but even a little something starts to add up when you have five gifts to buy. Even so, I felt like I cheaped out a bit with just the glass and cute container. I toyed with the idea of a liquor store gift card, but in the end I remembered seeing these really pretty bottle stoppers at Pier One a while ago. Luckily, they were still there! They were about $7 each if I remember correctly. I just snugged the topper into the shreddy stuff in the glass then slid the glass into to the perfect little cardboard tube and added a little personal note.

So for under $50 total, I was able to recognize my volunteers with something that I hope was a little unique and thoughtful.

P.S. They also had "congratulations" and "happy birthday" glasses. So, go...go on, run before they're all gone!



  1. Your description of running through the store made me laugh! Great gifts!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  2. I LOVE that idea!!! I will be heading there tomorrow. Though probably not by running... ;)

    Krazy About Kiddos

  3. Hey there!!! Surviving the storm?? This is a super cute idea! I would love it if you pop over to my blog and link it up for my Monday Made It:)) Glad our meetup wasn't this past weekend, we would have drowned!!! LOL!

    4th Grade Frolics

  4. That is an awesome gift idea!! I think I'm going to do some rainy day shopping tomorrow!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. How cute! Good thing I basically live across the street from Dollar Tree :)

    Across the Hall in 2nd

  6. Super cute idea. A few times that I've spotted something, I have to act calm and composed of course, because I have students that I sub for that shop there. They don't need another reason to think I'm wacky lol :)
    Journey of a Substitute Teacher
    Endless Pinabilitites!

  7. Very cute gift. I wish I were a volunteer in your room! HAHA! Seriously though.... :)

    1st Grade with Miss Snowden

  8. Loving it! Those are adorable...although a gift card to the alphabet store would be nice too :) lol :)

    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

  9. Very cute!!! I LOVE the Dollar Tree!

  10. Thanks for the tip! Looks like a trip to the Dollar Store tomorrow :)


    Fun in Room 4B

  11. I would love to receive this, beautiful ! I read my class "Things That Are Most " today, inspired by you and they had a blast, thanks for sharing such a great idea :)

  12. What a cute idea, I'm totally pinning it. I'm going to have to head on over to our Dollar Tree (if it ever decides to stop raining) to check them out. I think the ladies in our front office would love them as a thank you gift. Stay dry : )
    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  13. Those are REALLY cute!!! Thanks for sharing your creative ideas!!

    First Grade and Fabulous

  14. What a cute idea! Can I volunteer in your room?

  15. Great find!

    - Elizabeth

  16. Hi Denise,
    I love your blog and your ideas. I have given you a Lovely Blog Award. Pop over to my blog and check it out.
    Classroom Fun

  17. CUTE idea! After seeing your post I did RUN to the Dollar Tree and found the LAST 3 tubes....okay, I had to arm wrestle a lady over the last one, but she just wasn't quick enough! Unfortunately, after walking the store 3 times over, bugging every employee in the place and nearly having a fit, I discovered my dollar tree didn't HAVE those cutesy little I am improvising with some glasses of my own (purchased there) and a paint pen! We'll see how it turns out, but THANKS so much for the tip!!!


  18. Good thing today is payday and there's a dollar tree by my house! I will have to go check it out. I gave my volunteers soap (yes, from dollar tree) and made a little tag that said "thank you 'soap' much for lending a hand in second grade this year"... I had 12 or so parents that helped out, so it was easier to just do soap.

  19. cute. I have a bridal shower coming up...maybe I'll try and find them for that! Thanks for sharing....



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