Father's Day gifts
Dads deserve to be treated to something special on
Father's Day, and what could be nicer than a custom-made gift from
your very own little designer, courtesy of the PTA? Here's how our
Facebook friends choose to mark the occasion...
Marina McGee: 'We ask a local baker to make
gingerbread men for us - nut and sesame seed free - and put these
into cellophane bags. We give out a large paper man (from Wilko) on
which the children draw pictures of their fathers. We then stick
these onto the cellophane bags - they look really nice!'
Sharon West: 'In the past we've run a gift shop
with presents of up to £2.50. One year we decorated pint glasses
with glass pens and baked them to make the children's artwork
permanent. This year we're doing coasters!'
Diane Ashford: 'We make up a lot of our gifts
and buy items separately, for example, socks, smellies, or
keyrings. We then package these into gift boxes, gift bags, or mugs
wrapped in nice cellophane. It takes a bit of effort but it's worth
it, as the children and parents know these gifts can't be bought
anywhere else! Once we also took orders for personalised cupcakes
that were made by a member of staff. The children placed their
orders and collected them the Friday before Father's Day.'
Jodie Cox: 'We buy gifts and sell them to the
children. Items are from 50p to £4.50. Children come into the hall
throughout the day in time slots per class. They choose their
gifts, and then we wrap them up. We tend to buy from eBay,
wholesalers, and pound shops, and get sweets, keyrings, mugs, funny
glasses, socks, ties, and pens. We're also lucky enough to have
some really talented helpers who make up craft items and
Sally Page: 'This year the children will be
creating their own designs to be printed on mugs. There will be no
outlay at all and we get a percentage for every mug ordered.'
Carol Edwards: 'We run a gift shop at
lunchtimes every day in the week before Father's Day. We buy good
quality mugs in bulk, wrap them all but leaving one of each item on
display. We also buy Father's Day cards in bulk. The children then
come along and buy a gift with a card for £2.50 - each gift costs
us around £1 each. The pupils really enjoy coming to the shop and
choosing a gift, and it makes good profit, too!'
Helena Farr: 'We've sold keyrings, coasters,
and cards that the children have decorated themselves. This year
we're doing scratch art photo frames with a 'for my dad' poem,
along with a trophy design card!'
Zoe Macdonald: 'We have sold personalised
chocolates for the past three years and it works brilliantly. We
get Galaxy bars and put our own labels on them, with space for
children to write their own message. If you buy chocolates from a
supplier that has a sale or return policy, you can return them if
you purchase too many.'
Katherine Roads Feander: 'We contacted our
local chocolate shop and they sold us delicious chocolate moustache
lollies at wholesale prices. All we had to do was take payments and
distribute the chocolates to each class. We made double our money
Emma Cooper: 'We're getting card frames from
Baker Ross to colour, then the school are going to do a decorative
wordle in the middle. We're going to ask for a 50p donation, but
everyone will get one regardless.'
NOTE: Concerned about upsetting children who
don't have fathers in their lives? Encourage children to use the
occasion to thank anyone special to them - it isn't restricted to
just fathers. We would suggest you take advice from your
Headteacher if you are in any doubt.
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