Coach gifts are easy – the challenging part is collecting the money from everyone. It’s not that people don’t want to contribute, it’s just that the kids are generally from different schools and parent schedules conspire to make this the trickiest of exchanges. We always get gift cards – to local restaurants (Farmstead Table was this year’s choice), sporting good stores like City Sports.
Tutors – Gift cards are also a good choice for tutors, too. Luckily you can pick one up at almost any grocery store, or pharmacy. If you do give a gift cards, have your child make a card to go with it. It is always my favorite part of any gift.
Want something more personal?
Search out local artists – Here is a gorgeous fused glass plate from Wilder Glassworks – keep it simple or fill it with candy. This small square dish is only $15.00 – Wilder Glass has larger pieces and makes custom plates, too.
Want to find local artists? Try Indalo Gallery in Newton Highlands. Sharon Schindler Photography has some gorgeous photos on birch wood (I just won one at the NewTV auction last week) and photos printed on gorgeous stone coasters. These are great gifts for the hard to buy for folks on your list.
If you want to make your own gifts, there is a great drop-in art studio and they have classes, too, in case you are artfully challenged.
The 12 Days of Shopping
Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts Granola, Day 1 of 12 Days of Shopping – Granola versus Homemade and Personal – Granola from Flour and Barefoot Contessa.
Dec 2: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)
Dec 3: Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)
Dec 4: Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom
Dec 5: Tutors/Teachers
Dec 6: High Tech/Low Tech
Dec 7: Hostess/Gifts That Give Back
Dec 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?) and Emily Post’s Etiquette on this subject.
Dec 9: Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List); Capability:Mom Husband/Wife
Dec 10: Dog/Cat
Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store
Dec 12: ‘Cause I Am So Together, Last Minute Home Made Gifts: Pragmatic Mom and Capability : Mom