10+ LAST DAY OF SCHOOL treats and gifts... including FREE printable tags

The last day of school is a special milestone for kids. Children spend a lot of time with their teachers and classmates, and it's important to celebrate these relationships. Bringing class treats and teacher gifts on the last day of school is a great way for kids to say goodbye.

Here are some of my favourite treat ideas for sharing with classmates on the last day of school. I've included edible and non-edible options, and they all have adorable FREE printable tags.

1) "CEREAL"sly cute treats - The little boxes of cereal are adorable when packaged with a spoon and the free printable tags I designed (which you can download here).

2) SWEET treats - Dollar store splash balls look like scoops of ice cream when you package them with ice cream cones. Wrap the sweet treats in cellophane bags, tie with curling ribbon, and add the tag that you can download here.

3) Dollar store balls and trinkets - Dollar store balls and trinkets make adorable treats when they are packaged in cellophane bags with "It was a BALL having you in my class!" tags (which you can download for free here). 

4) Bubbles or gum - Bubbles and gum make adorable class treats when packaged with "This year BLEW by." tags. You can download the tags I designed (for free) here.

5) Starburst Treats - My boys love these fruity candies, and they would jump at the chance to share them with their friends. They can be packaged in small cellophane bags with "I hope your summer is BURSTing with fun!" tags (that you can download here).


6) Crazy straws - Silly straws are inexpensive and perfect for summer. I love the idea of packaging them with these adorable cards I designed (which you can download for free here).

7) Cool treats - Summer is the the perfect time to indulge in cool treats, so freezies are wonderful for sharing with friends on the last day of school. You can download the "It was COOL having you in my class this year." tags for free here.

8) Happy face balls - These cheerful happy face balls make adorable last day of school class treats. You can download the "I'm happy you were in my class!" tags here.

Teachers love gift cards, but kids also like to give their teachers a thoughtful gift. I love the idea of coming up with practical gifts and cute packaging ideas for gift cards. Here are some of my favourite end of year teacher gifts.

9) Bath bombs and/or lip balms -  Bath bombs and lip balms are cute on their own or paired with a gift card. They make an even better gift when packaged with a punny tag that says, "You are the BOMB!" You can download these tags for free here.

10) Sweet treats - Goodies that teachers can eat or share with their families are always appreciated. You can purchase something, or you can bake some of your favourite treats. Don't forget to add the "Thank you for making my year so SWEET!" tags I designed (that you can download for free here). 

11) Kit Kats - Wish your teacher a wonderful "summer BREAK" with a Kit Kat bar, gift card, and the adorable punny tags I designed (which you can download for free here).

12) Orange goodies - What could be more refreshing than an orange summer drink? Make it extra special by adding an "ORANGE you glad it's summer?" tag (that you can download here). It makes a wonderful gift card holder too.

13) "Tote"ally awesome bag - What could be better for summer than a super-cute bag to carry books and summer treats? Just add a "Thanks for being a 'TOTE'ally awesome teacher!" (which you can download for free here).

I love all of these class treat and teacher gift ideas, don't you? Are you ready for the last day of school? I hope you find these ideas helpful. Happy summer!

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

Simple Father's Day Snack Buffet

We've all heard the old saying, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach". So... it stands to reason that special treats make perfect Father's Day gifts. Today, I am sharing some simple ideas for Father's Day goodies that can be gifted separately or grouped together to create a Father's Day snack buffet. I'm also including the tags I designed for free.

Basically, I picked up some inexpensive glass canisters at the dollar store, and my boys filled them with my husband's favourite treats. We added some "punny" tags, and we ended up with the perfect Father's Day snack buffet.

We filled one canister with flavoured popcorn, and we added a "You are the best POP in the world!" tag.

We filled another one with donuts, and we added a "We DONUT know what we'd do without you!" tag.

We filled another container with peanuts, and we added a "We are NUTS for you, Dad!" tag.

Another container was filled with Reeses Pieces, and we added a tag that says, "We love you to PIECES, Dad!". I think this one is going to be my husband's favourite. He's a big fan of peanut butter filled treats.

A simple container of kisses is cute too! (Especially if Dad is a chocolate lover.)

And, because our family loves a good campfire, we added a fun "We love you S'MORE every day!" tag to a box of s'mores. Cute, right?

These are all simple treats and gifts, but the tags make them unique and fun. They show the special man in your life that you spent time trying to come up with a thoughtful gift for him.

To download the tags / labels I designed: Click on the label (below) that you want to print, right-click, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 4x6 photo.

I love the idea of putting together a simple Father's Day snack buffet, don't you? Just add your Dad's favourite movie or sporting event, and he'll have a perfect day.

Happy Father's Day!

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

Father's Day Gift Basket... with free printable tags

Rather than giving my husband breakfast in bed, my boys and I like to plan a Father's Day BBQ. My husband loves to grill, and it is something we can all enjoy together. So, a "BBQ gift basket" is the perfect gift for him. Today, I am sharing the details of the grill basket that we put together and the FREE printable gift tag that I designed.

We filled the basket with his favourite sauces, spices, and BBQ accessories. Then we wrapped it all up in cellophane and attached a fun custom tag.

To download the tag I designed: click on the photo below, right-click, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 4X6 photo.

Isn't this a great idea? Stock the fridge with meat and veggies, add this, and you have the perfect gift!

Does the special Dad in your life love to BBQ? If he does, this Father's Day gift basket the perfect gift for you to give him this year. You can download the tags for free and customize the content of the basket. Pretty great, right?

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

Last Day of School Class Treats... Happy Face Balls... with free printable tags

Sharing treats with classmates on the last day of school is a fun tradition, but in today's world, allergies and nutrition policies need to be considered. So, instead of edible treats, my boys like to bring dollar store trinkets packaged with cute tags. Check out this "happy face ball" option.

I purchased happy face stress balls from the dollar store, packaged the balls in cellophane bags, and added "I'm happy you were in my class!" tags.

To download the tags I designed: click on the photo below, save it to your computer, and print like a regular 4x6 photo.

Pretty cute, right?

What could be better than ending the school year with these cheerful class treats? It's a wonderful way to kick off the summer and spread happiness on the last day of school.

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

My Favourite DIY Father's Day Gift of ALL TIME

When it comes to Father's Day, heartfelt and handmade gifts are the best. I've always encouraged my boys to make something special for my husband on his special day. They've made a lot of cute cards and gifts, but my all time favourite is the Father's Day photos they make for him annually. Today, I am sharing all the details of this special gift.

Way back in 2012, I took some cute photos of my boys, I had them answer questions about their dad, and I photoshopped their answers onto the pictures. Since then, we have been giving my husband the same gift every year.

You can use any pictures, but I love the idea of having the boys hold an empty chalkboard, and photoshopping the answers onto the board. It really makes the answers "pop"!

I used Picmonkey.com to add the words to these pictures. Look how cute they turned out!

This DIY Father's Day gift really is special, and creating it is a wonderful family tradition. It is pretty special to see how my boys answer the questions each year.

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

Last Day of School Treat... SILLY STRAWS... with free printable tag

The last day of school is a big deal for kids, so I like to help my boys celebrate by sending them to school with treats to share with their class. Allergies are often an issue, and we don't want anyone to feel left out, so we like to come up with fun class treats that can be enjoyed by everyone. This year, my two youngest boys are both bringing crazy straws with fun little tags that you can download (below) for free.

First, you'll need a bunch of straws. You can use plastic straws, or you can opt for reusable straws if you want to be more environmentally friendly.

Then, you can print the tags I designed, use an x-acto knife to cut slits in the tops and bottoms of the tags, and insert the straws. How cute are the "Sip Sip Hurray! It's our last day!" tags?

To download the tags I designed (in pink or blue): click on the photo you want (below), right-click, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 4x6 photo.

Aren't these adorable last day of school treats the perfect way to kick off the summer break?

It's easy and inexpensive to put together enough of these treats for the whole class, and the kids will love them.

How do you celebrate the last day of school? I think bringing treats to share with friends is a fun way to celebrate, don't you?

Gina Bell
 (aka East Coast Mommy)

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