Just today I needed some last-minute gifts for our daughter's choir teachers. I love to be able to give small, thoughtful gifts to the adults who help with our church's children's musical. Somehow, I had forgotten all about these gifts...until THIS MORNING--the MORNING of THE MUSICAL. AAAHHHHHH!! Sometimes, I really wonder what is wrong with my feeble brain.
The quickest thing I could think of was a $5 gift card from Sonic. Because WHO doesn't like Sonic??? And, in my world, Sonic = Happy.
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In order to help the Sonic gift card look more thoughtful and creative...you know--to AMP IT UP a little...I thought it would be fun to place the card inside a small Sonic cup and wrap it in a clear cellophane bag.
Stick around here a while, and you'll find that I use these bags for everything!
Quickly, I printed up some colorful gift tags that said,
"Thanks a 'TOT' for helping with our choir!"
(Update: My niece used this idea for her school teacher, and chose to use this cute phrase: "Thanks for all you 'TOT' me this year!")
I punched a hole in the corner of each, and slid them into a ziploc bag. (An easy way to print these creative gift tags is with MS Word, using the insert "Word Art" feature. I used the rainbow-colored template to type out my message. After sizing my message to the size I wanted on the page, I copied it, and pasted it 5 more times down the page. Literally, this took me 60 seconds to create and 60 seconds to print.)
I gathered some yellow ribbon, cut into appropriate lengths, and slid those along with some cellophane bags into the same ziploc.
I also thought it would be fun to have some colorful M&Ms in the bottom of the Sonic cup, for the gift card to rest on top. (If I'd had some Hershey's Kisses, I would have LOVED putting those in the cups. M&Ms are what I had on hand, so that's what I used.)
At Sonic, I ordered 6 $5 gift cards, along with 6 small cups and straws, and 2 empty bags. It took 2 tries to get Mr. Sonic to understand what I was asking.
I began assembling those puppies right there in the Sonic parking spot!
Then, I put on the lid, slid in a Sonic's happy red straw, placed the cup into the cellophane bag, and tied on the yellow ribbon and gift card.
Voila! You have zee Sonic Happy!!! Doesn't zees just make you SMILE?
I placed the 6 Sonic Happies into empty Sonic sacks to transport them into church. I sure did notice lots of glances toward my Sonic sacks. I think they were wondering if I was transporting TOTS into church! Yum Yum, me love tots!!
There you have it! A QUICK, CREATIVE, THOUGHTFUL and INEXPENSIVE gift idea!
Those are my 4 favorite words when it comes to gift-giving! How about you?
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