Emergency kits might inspire fear at the first mention of their name, but they aren’t necessarily tied to instances of disaster. Thanks to handy sites like Pinterest and Etsy, there’s inspiration for ways to create kits for both real emergencies, and for those little emergencies that life throws at us daily. This column will explore ideas of items that could be essential for various types of emergency kits, so that you can be inspired and start your own. This month we look at a thoughtful back-to-school kit for a special teacher in your child’s life, or a teacher in your life.
Gather your items in a decorative, sturdy basket or bucket that will later be useful for classroom storage and organization. This will keep your kit both pretty and functional. Also, keep in mind containers that can be sanitized and are durable for teachers in younger classrooms.
What teacher couldn’t use a cup of coffee every now and then? Include a Starbucks or other coffee shop gift card with a little note letting them know that this little gift is “To help them get back into the grind.” Get it….because coffee is made from ground-up coffee beans!
Every school year is going to have its ups and downs. For the days that are tougher than the others, it’s always nice to have something to wipe away the tears—the student’s tears and their own. Even if there aren’t any tears, those tissues will come in handy when cold season comes along.
Times get tough throughout the year, and it’s nice to have a little break away to release the stress. Toss in some bubble gum with their favorite flavors. This item will allow your teacher to take a moment to chew on the situation and, if necessary, help her hold the situation together.
Toss in a pack of Starburst candies to help provide your teacher with a small burst of energy whenever he or she may need it. It can also double as a reminder to them that they are a star in the classroom. You can employ different variations for your candy item with options like Smarties (because they’re teaching future Smarties); Lifesavers (because they are life savers in the classroom); Kit Kat (for when they need a break), etc.
It’s nice to include gifts that are clever in your kits, but they’re even better when they’re also useful to daily life. Include a candle in your teacher kit to help your recipient light up their late-night grading sessions.
To wrap up your kit, toss in a gift that will be a source of relaxation, useful in the classroom and clever all in one. A bottle of lotion with a sweet note wishing your teacher a smooth start to the beginning of the year will provide the finishing touches. Look for scents that help in calming and relaxing, or in focusing, like lavender, peppermint, lemon or rosemary.