We all know December is the busiest gift giving season, but May and June are not far behind what with Mother’s Day, Graduations, Teacher Appreciation, Father’s Day, and Bridal gifts to give. If you have one or more gifts to give this season and are looking for affordable ideas, I am sharing a few with you today.
These gift ideas all started when my brain went into creative mode when I found this piece of wall decor with a trio of glasses attached on clearance at the craft store. It was kind of a Mother’s Day gift from “me-to-me”. :-)
(I looked for one online to link to for you, but didn’t find any.)
You know I enjoy expressing myself on chalkboards around my house. To step my game up a notch I recently bought colorful VersaChalk ChalkBoard Markers. They come in classic and neon colors. I bought them on Amazon.
I chose my favorite colors…
…and plunked them into the jars.
They come with reversible tips: Broad, Chiseled, Bullet and Fine and are ideal for chalkboards, glass, plastic, metal and more. I decided to put them to the test.
To use them all you need to do is: Shake, Pump, and then Draw. Here is my first creation.
A Happy Mother’s Day chalkboard design in my kitchen.
The markers write like chalk, but are brighter and dust-free, plus the don’t smear when dry. They are non-toxic, odorless, and erase with water.
It is best to test each surface on an inconspicuous area before using the markers, especially on metal to see if the marker can easily be wiped off and not stain the surface. The markers are not intended to be used on porous surfaces including chalkboards made using chalkboard paint. The surface is too porous. Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove marks from incompatible surfaces.
Here are a few other gift-giving occasions where these chalkboard markers are perfect to give. I bought everything I needed at the craft and party store.
GIFT GIVING IDEA FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADS
Is your child, neighbor or relative graduating from high school this year?
If so this is one graduation gift they will LOVE. This is important… you have to give it to them about a week before they graduate. It is really a pre-graduation gift. Giving them a few packs of the chalkboard markers may be necessary because all their graduating buddies are going to want to borrow and use them…
…so they can do this to their cars.
The markers wipe right off of glass with a paper towel! Easy, fun and an affordable way to celebrate graduating from high school. A big milestone in a teen’s life. They can also use them for sporting events… Go Falcons.. Beat Cardinals.
To make the container to hold the makers, buy a clear gift tube with a lid and handle. Use a broad-tipped marker to write Congrats on the outside and place the makers in. Add a ribbon and a tag and you have one great gift for a high-school graduate.
I took a few extra steps to make the gift have a little more present presence. I cut a GRAD headband that I bought to fit the length of the container’s handle.
I used silver wire to attach it to the handle.
TEACHER APPRECIATION GIFT
If you ask any teacher what they most want when they receive gifts from their students, they will tell you items that they can use in the classroom.
Fill a beach bucket with chalkboard markers for one such teacher appreciation gift.
FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA
Dads always need to label and mark things in the garage or their workshop.
Now they can do it in color.
A Father’s Day gift that has no limits on where he can label and organize his tools.
GIFT GIVING IDEA FOR WEDDINGS AND BRIDAL SHOWERS
There are many ways to use the chalkboard markers at a weddings or shower. Just head over to Pinterest to find a few.
Here is an idea I liked: Place a few chalkboard makers in a small white metal bucket at the Sign In” table at the church or reception so everyone attending can write their name on a decorative chalkboard. Once the wedding is over, this chalkboard will make a special memento for the bride and groom.
These are just a few ideas that popped into my head on how to gift creative, yet affordable gifts this season. I hope it has inspired you to come up with a few ideas of your own.
To Buy: VersaChalk Board Markers
Need some ideas on how to draw on a chalkboard? You may enjoy this post: How To Draw Like and Artist On a Chalkboard
P.S: These free wipeable labels would be perfect for using the chalkboard markers on to help you organize your stuff in color.