Monthly Archives: December 2011

Gifts for future teachers

If you have a student who is planning on a teaching career, here is a helpful list of supplies they can use now while still in school, and onto their first job. Any of these make a great stocking stuffer, or they could be gathered into a pretty basket as a “teacher survival kit.” You can find most of these items at School Supply Giant online or any office supply store.  In alphabetical order…

1. Air freshener
2. Antacid tablets
3. Anti-diarrheal medication
4. Aprons
5. Assignment book
6. Bandages
7. Batteries
8. Bean bag chair/large pillows
9. Bell
10. Big notepad
11. Bookmarks for kids
12. Bookshelf for personal items
13. Boom box/CD player
14. Box of sponge activities
15. Bulletin board borders
16. Calculator
17. Calendar
18. Camera
19. Candy
20. Chalk
21. Chennelle sticks
22. Classical music CD’s
23. Classroom library – book and magazines
24. Clip boards
25. Clips – bulldog and paper in a variety of sizes
26. Color coded dots
27. Containers for desk supplies
28. Cough drops
29. Craft sticks
30. Crayons
31. Desk clock
32. Desk drawer organizers
33. Dictionary/thesaurus
34. Dry erase board
35. Envelopes
36. Erasers
37. File folders
38. First aid kit
39. Flag
40. Flash cards
41. Flashlight
42. Games for rainy days
43. Glue
44. Glue gun and sticks
45. Grade book
46. Hand sanitizer
47. Index cards — all sizes
48. Labeler
49. Labels
50. Lamp
51. Lesson plan book
52. Magnetic letters
53. Magnets
54. Magnifying glass
55. Manilla envelopes (laminated) for collections
56. Maps
57. Markers
58. Measuring stick — metric & standard
59. Mints
60. Mirror
61. Overhead projector sheets
62. Pain Reliever
63. Paper – graph, notebook, tissue
64. Paper cutter
65. Paperweight
66. Pencil shaprener — electric
67. Pencils
68. Pens
69. Plastic table cloth for messy projects
70. Play money
71. Pointer
72. Portable blackboard or whiteboard
73. Posters
74. Post-it notes
75. Rocking chair
76. Rubber bands
77. Rubber stamps
78. Scissors
79. Seasonal decorations
80. Sentence strips
81. Stapler, staples and staple remover
82. Sticky tack
83. Stop watch
84. Storage bins
85. Stress ball
86. String
87. Tape
88. Tape recorder
89. Thumb tacks/nails/push pins
90. Tools — screwdriver, hammer, pliers
91. Trinkets for prizes/gifts
92. Umbrella
93. Whistle
94. White-Out
95. Words for word wall
96. Yarn


Nice Things to Do Over the Holidays

If you’re low on cash or stumped for what to buy Aunt Sally this year, considering giving the gift of yourself. Many people, especially elderly or families with small children and single parents are thrilled when someone asks to help out. A lot of people won’t come out and ask for help. Here is a list of “gifts” you can give this holiday season.

1. Help with daily household chores – change sheets, empty the trash
2. Help with pets – Walk the dog, change the kitty litter
3. Buy a few extra things as the grocery store, maybe a favorite dessert or a prepared item
4. Take care of houseplants – this is especially nice if someone is going to be away on vacation
5. Get the mail – especially when the weather is nasty
6. Drop off/pick up dry cleaning
7. Plant flowers — You can buy a packet of seeds now with a promise to do some gardening later
8. Shovel snow
9. Make small household repairs – change light bulbs and furnace filters
10. Put your interior design skills to use and help decorate for the holidays
11. Take them out for a drive to see neighbor’s Christmas lights
12. Put together a scrapbook or photo album of family pictures
13. Make a CD or save music to a thumb drive
14. Offer to make drug store runs to pick up prescriptions
15. Pass on books and magazines when you have finished reading them
16. Take their newspaper to the front door, put it inside the screen if the weather is bad
17. Tell someone how great they look today
18. Ask someone what their all-time favorite movie is, then rent it for them as a surprise.
19. Bring their trash cans in from the curb
20. Order and pay for a pizza or other food delivery
21. Sneak in the middle of the night and fill their car’s gas
22. Offer to help them sort through old clothes and take them to a local shelter
23. On a snowy day, clear off their car before work

You can also make a donation in someone’s name to a host of worthy causes. Check out Do One Nice Thing for a list of ideas.

The Paralegal Gift List

The next few lists will be devoted to specific careers, and students who are studying in those areas. Students can sometimes be difficult to shop for. Gifts that support a career choice are thoughtful and useful.

If you know a student who is studying how to become a paralegal, here are some gifts tailored just for them.

1.  Post-it Printed Message Flags  – to mark documents that need to be signed, filed, etc. A package of 120 flags in 4 colors cost from $4.50-$8.00

2.  High Quality Business Paper – For resumes and cover letters. Look for at least 25 percent cotton and a watermarked. 500 Sheets will run you anywhere from  $18 to $32

3.  Thank You Notes – To send after those important job interviews. You can find these personalized and monogrammed for $5 to $20 for a box of 20

4.  Briefcase or Laptop Case – A must for all aspiring paralegals. Special cases are designed for quick airport security processing  and will hold a computer, files and supplies. A major investment that can last for years, this gift costs  between $50-$150

5.  Legal-ruled Pads – You can never have too many. A dozen 50-sheet pads cost $6-$10

6.  Paralegal Coffee Mug – from’s collection of paralegal supplies, this witty mug is $19.99

7.  Mouse Pad – Also from is this cute mouse pad for just $14.10

8.  Wheeled Litigation Bag – This can be a huge expense for a Paralegal, running from $200-$600

9.  Planner/Calendar – A good leather planner book can last a lifetime with yearly updated refills. Dayrunner has a large variety for every style and budget.

10. Business Card Holder – Find one that has a legal motif in metal or wood, at a variety of prices.

11. Paralegal Survival Kit – This ultimate gift basket from is designed specifically for the paralegal on your gift list. It includes a wristwatch, a Mini Buddha Board, CD and Comic Blocks.  From afar, the Classic Billable Hour® Watch looks like a standard professional’s watch, but it is uniquely designed for paralegals. It features a Seiko movement housed in a water resistant polished alloy gold tone casing and a padded black leather band. $109.99

12. Binder Clip Cufflinks – For a fun gift, print this article from the Funny or Die website and enclose it with a box of binder clips. $1.50 for 12

The Ultimate What Do I Gift Them List

Buying Christmas gifts, especially when you’re a student can be a challenge – of both time and money. What can you give that is inexpensive and easy to find? You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to craft something elaborate, or give up and give gift cards – it you only have a few dollars to spend, here are 30 ideas for easy, inexpensive and thoughtful gifts.

1. Bottle of gourmet barbeque or steak sauce and basting brush

2. Bookmark, with or without book

3. Candle with a Bic lighter

4. Candy or nuts – in a glass jar or coffee mug, a pound of pistachios or stack of fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon

5. Cards for different occasions and a calendar – fill in the birthdays of relatives or friends.

6. Christmas ornament

7. Coffee or travel mug with a box of tea bags or one-pot bag of coffee

8. Deck of cards or travel-size board game

9. Donation in someone’s name.  Here is a list of great ones.

10. Emergency Snack Stash – granola bars, M&Ms, chips, crackers, etc

11. Flashlight with batteries

12. Gourmet bread or cookie mix

13. Journal, stationary, notepaper, or notebook and a really nice pen or pens

14. Key chain

15. Magazines tied together with a pretty ribbon

16. Movie night basket – a DVD or Netflix gift subscription, microwave popcorn, drink mix, movie theatre candy like Snow Caps or Twizlers

17. Newspaper – Buy through, and you’ll save 50% or more off of the subscription cost.

18. Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns

19. Purse-size photo  album or a picture frame – with or without a picture of the two of you

20. Poinsettia or other potted plant with a red ribbon tied around it

21. Rechargeable batteries and a recharger

22. Reusable shopping bags

23. Scarf

24. Seeds and garden gloves, vase or ceramic pot

25. Soaps and bath puff

26. Socks

27. Study Supplies – post it notes, notepaper, good pens

28. Supplies for anyone with, or planning on, a teaching career  – bulletin board borders, flash cards, games for rainy days, maps electric pencil sharpener and stapler, 3-hole punch

29. Touch gloves for anyone who has a Smartphone.

30. Stainless steel water bottle