Teachers have one of the hardest jobs in the world and deserve a treat at this time of year. However Christmas time can be very expensive for the family, with presents to buy, places to visit and food to be bought. If you have the time handmade gifts can not only save you money but also be loved by the recipient. Making your own gifts for teachers is also a great way to get the little ones involved.

To get inspiration on gifts for your teachers there are some lovely ideas on Pinterest. Some of the nicest and easiest homemade teacher Christmas gift ideas are listed below. Tweaking and personalising the gifts yourself will ensure that the gift you give is unique.

Best homemade teacher Christmas gift ideas

Food Christmas gift ideas

Gingerbread

This is a great alternative to buying a big box of chocolates, if you little one has lots of teachers. You can get your child to decorate them at home for that added bit of personalisation.

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Place one or two in clear plastic bags and tie with ribbons when handing over to your teachers.

Mini box of chocolate truffles

Truffles are so easy to make and a hit with any chocolate lover. Kids can help with the shaping of the truffles and adding any sprinkles.

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For gifting them, place a handful in small boxes. These can be bought from craft shops or even supermarkets in the Christmas isles.

Make your own cookie jar

Fill a clean jam jar with the ingredients for your teacher to make cookies at home. Then decorate with festive ribbons and tags to make them look extra Christmassy.

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Decoration Christmas gift ideas

Tree decoration

A personalised decoration for your teacher will be loved for years to come. You could use these decorate your own baubles from Aldi and make six personalised ones at home.

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Jam jar candle holder

Take a clean empty jam jar and paint with glue and add lots and lots of glitter.

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Keep images simple such as a tree canopy to ensure the pattern stays with the glitter. Present to your teacher with the candle inside.

These ideas have all been choosen as they are easy to make, children can get involved and they are actually useful or pretty items. Whatever you choose to make to say thankyou, teachers will appreciate the sentiment you put in by creating something personal for them.

 

Mum Muddling Through

We all seem to have access to one or more streaming platforms these days. With the amount of choice out there, it can be a nightmare working out what to watch with the children. There is nothing better though than sitting down with the family and watching a Christmas film.

Across Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV here are the best family friendly Christmas films available in the UK.

Family Christmas Films

Netflix

Arthur Christmas – Animated film about the son of Santa who goes out of his way to deliver a missing gift.

Nativity – A funny film about a teacher directing the school Nativity at St Bernadette’s.

Miracle on 34th Street – A classic favourite about a little girl learning to believe in Santa Clause.

Santa Claws – Cats have to take over from a sick Santa and rescue Christmas.

Love Actually (coming Dec 14th) – A film that brings together eight separate stories about love in the run up to Christmas.

Amazon Prime

Elf – A human orphan baby is raised by Santa’s elves. The film focuses on Elf as an adult searching for where he belongs in New York. One of the funniest Christmas movies.

Nativity 3 (Where’s My Donkey) – Third in the Nativity series, back again for a big adventure including flash mobs, elves and carols.

Now TV

Disney A Christmas Carol – Animated adaption of a Christmas classic by Charles Dickens’

The Nightmare Before Christmas – Misadventure of a character Jack Skellington, who discovers Christmastown.

The Grinch – Dr. Seuss’ hit story of the creature ‘The Grinch’.

The Polar Express – Animated story of a boy who doesn’t believe in Santa, until a train conductor takes him on a journey to the North Pole.

Frozen – Not strictly a Christmas film but contains lots of ice so perfect for this time of year.

If you are looking for something to watch without the kids, see my post of top Netlfix shows for mums.

*Films were available on the above platforms at time of publishing.

Rhyming with Wine

 

We love Christmas traditions in our house and this is the first year we are doing Elf on a Shelf. As Christmas is approaching we have been discussing what should we do with our Elf called Mr Ben. I’m only looking at easy Elf on a Shelf ideas this year as we have young children and we start our new tradition. Perhaps in subsequent years we’ll become more adventurous!

Easy Elf on the Shelf ideas

Easy quick ideas for each day of advent.

Dec 1st – Elf brings advent calendars for the family

Dec 2nd – Elf hides in the branches of your newly decorated Christmas tree

Dec 3rd – Elf waits by the letter box for Christmas cards

Dec 4th – Elf takes a nap inside a tissue box

Dec 5th – Elf has a party with some of the kids toys

Dec 6th – Elf sits inside kids shoes left out side their bedroom for St Nick to fill

Dec 7th – Elf helps himself to a snack by hiding in the fridge

Dec 8th – Elf wraps himself in Christmas lightsDec 9th – Elf joins in with the nativity scene

Dec 10th – Elf reads a book

Dec 11th – Elf covers himself in stickers

Dec 12th – Elf makes a snow angel using powdered sugar or flour on the table

Dec 13th – Elf takes a ride on one the kids toys

Dec 14th – Elf hides amongst the toothbrushes

Dec 15th – Elf draws faces on bananas/oranges in the fruit bowl

Dec 16th – Elf falls asleep with the remote after watching tv

Dec 17th – Elf does some drawing or colouring in

Dec 18th – Elf is hungry again so hides amongst cereal boxes

Dec 19th – Elf spells out the kids names with building blocks or scrabble tiles

Dec 20th – Elf delivers a letter from Santa

Dec 21st – Elf builds a snowman from marshmallows

Dec 22nd – Elf has made it outside and is peaking in through the window

Dec 23rd – Elf checks this chimney or magic key to ensure everything is in order

Dec 24th – Elf sits proudly on the newly filled Christmas Eve box

We’ll be sharing our photos across advent on Instagram, which you can find here.

Mummascribbles

In the run up to Christmas there is a bounty of festive events happening in Harrow (North West London) and the surrounding area. These events are lots of fun for the whole family. They are sure to make you feel extra Christmassy!

Best activities for the family this Christmas in Harrow and surrounding area

Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets selling festive treats and gifts.

Christmas in Harrow (30th Nov-3rd Dec) – Christmas traders @ St Ann’s shopping centre.
Duck Pond Ruislip Christmas Markets3rd Dec Foodies Christmas market and 16th/17th Dec Christmas Artisan market.

Christmas Festivals/Events
Keep your eye on dates for Christmas Festivals in the area for a fun day out.

Pinner Panto (30th Nov) – a pantomime theme evening on Pinner High Street. Expect entertainment, late night shopping and lights (including fireworks).
Coca Cola Truck Watford Tesco/Asda (6th/7th Dec) – see the Coca Cola Christmas Truck.
Santa Dash Northwood (9th Dec) – watch or join in with this Santa dash race in aid of Michael Sobell Hospice.
Santa Dash Pinner (10th Dec) – Santa dash race in aid of St. Luke’s Hospice. 
Headstone Manor Frost Fair (9th/10th Dec) – celebrating the grand opening of the new museum. Event will include stalls, entertainment and food.
Rotary Club Santa Sleigh Pinner (13th-21st Dec) – yearly event where Santa’s sleigh travels the streets of Pinner collecting for charity.
Rudolph Rave Watford (7th Dec) – Christmas themed family Rave.

Visit Santa
There are lots of interesting options for seeing the big man this Christmas

intu WatfordSanta’s grotto with reindeer.
Squires Stanmore Christmas Circusa Christmas themed circus and meet and greet with Santa.
Willows Farm St. AlbansChristmas spectacular on the farm.
Odds Farm Christmas FestivalSanta and Elves full festival at the farm.
Santa Train at Ruislip Lidotake a trip on this magical train ride to see Santa.
Santa Narrowboat Canal Tripride on a Narrowboat to visit Santa.

Children’s Parties
Fun childrens Christmas themed events/parties

Christmas Sk8 Party (16th/17th Dec) – roller skating disco at Harrow Leisure Centre.
Jimmy Jamtots Christmas Party @ The Windmill Studios (15th Dec) – Christmas themed party for pre school children.

Pantomimes/Theatre
Lots of theatre fun during the festive period 

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood @ Claremont High School
The Wizard of Oz @ Harrow Arts Centre
Peter Pan @ Wembley Arena
Aladdin @ Beck Theatre, Hayes
The Nutcracker @ Watford Colosseum
Aladdin @ Watford Palace Theatre

Aldi have a number of special craft kits in store for Christmas, they are a great activity to do with the kids. We recently decorated and reviewed the Aldi Christmas Fairy and Elf doors. The other kit we picked up in store was the paint your own Christmas baubles set. Like the Fairy and Elf doors, these sets are in store for £1.99 with all profits going to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Included in the Christmas bauble kit

In the box you get six ready to paint baubles, two packs of glitter (silver and gold), a paint brush, some hanging string and a set of paints (mainly in primary colours).

Rose and I took the opportunity whilst the youngest was asleep to get cracking on them. We painted them using the colours in the pack and then whilst still wet we covered them in glitter.

Decorating them would be a fun activity for any age, but probably best from two and half years old up, as the glitter does get everywhere!

We are using the ones Rose decorated as a nice Christmas present for the grandparents, as they love a handmade gift (so I haven’t included a photo). However I kept two aside to personalise with the kids names, for our own Christmas tree. This kit could make your own personalised baubles for the whole family at next to nothing.