24 Days of Christmas: Day 8

We did our teacher gifts today. I came across this idea and thought it was perfect for us for a number of reasons:

  1. It’s simple. The kids could do almost the whole thing on their own which not only makes it easier for me but also makes a more personal gift from them.
  2. It’s inexpensive. I don’t want to sound cheap but Jordan has 2 teachers in his class and 3 EA’s who help with his diabetes. Cam has 3 preschool teachers and Cam and Lincoln both go to Strong Start on a regular basis. That’s 9 people and it adds up fast!
  3. Time. This treat only takes a few minutes to make. With a 10 month old who could have a meltdown at any time, it’s a no-brainer to go with something that doesn’t take too long.
  4. The look. Even though they are simple, inexpensive and quick to make, they look nice and festive. Also, you can use different candies and colours for different holidays.

How to make pretzel buttons (makes 40):

What you need:

  • 1 bag of pretzels
  • 40 Hershey’s Hugs or Kisses
  •  40 Smarties or M&M’s
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 200°. Line baking sheets with aluminum foil and place pretzels on foil. Make sure the pretzels are not overlapping.

2. Take your chocolate (we used Hershey’s Hugs because of the look) and place one on each pretzel. Try to center the chocolates on the pretzels.


3. Pop them in the oven for 3-4 minutes. Once they’re done, place Smarties or M&M’s (we used red and green Smarties) on the melted chocolates and gently press down.


As you can see, we didn’t center all of ours properly and some of the chocolate slid off the pretzels. Oh well, more for us to eat!

4. Freeze or refrigerate until the chocolate hardens.

Wasn’t that simple? They’re very tasty and look fantastic. We placed some wax paper in holiday tins from the dollar store and put 20 buttons in each tin:


Our children’s teachers and daycare providers are a very important part of our children’s development and growth. Don’t forget to send them a little treat, gift or card for the holidays to show them you appreciate them.


If you missed the beginning of the series check out the posts below, and don’t forget to follow along right up to Christmas!

Introduction: Why we are doing a family advent calendar

Day 1: Santa’s Anonymous

Day 2: Decorating the Tree

Day 3: Visit Santa at the Mall

Day 4: Family Movie Night

Day 5: Sock Snowmen

Day 6: The Ferris Wheel

Day 7: Diabetes Disaster and Fun with Paint

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