Last year I decided I was going to
force encourage my family to make their gifts for one another, rather than purchase them. This was an especially cruel experiment since my kids adopted my talent for crafting, or rather, a lack of talent. The one gift that turned out pretty amazing was the bad day box we made for my husband (thank you Pinterest).
We filled the box with hand-written notes, family pictures, jokes, homemade coupons for things like breakfast in bed or a day of full control over the TV remote and a few of his favorite treats. The box was to be his go-to on days when he needed a pick-me-up.
This year I decided to adapt the bad day basket for my daughter’s teacher. I thought of all the small misfortunes that might befall her during the day (e.g. spilling spaghetti sauce on her shirt at lunch, getting a headache in the middle of the day, having to go out for recess because the wind chill isn’t quite low enough to warrant staying indoors, etc.) and then I stocked up on items to help her cope with these inconveniences.
Here’s what I included:
- Hand and Body Warmers (for recess duty on cold days)
- Hand Lotion (to prevent or treat dry, chapped hands)
- Lip Balm (to prevent or treat dry, chapped lips)
- Pretzel Chips (to satisfy cravings for something salty)
- Luna Bar (for days when she forgets a snack)
- Trail Mix (another backup snack)
- Chocolates (because sometimes these are all it takes to brighten someone’s day)
- Hand Sanitizer (just in case the gallon-size jug she keeps in the classroom runs out)
- Bandages (to treat papercuts)
- Lint Roller (for those days the cat decides to cuddle with her right before she leaves for work)
- Shout Wipes (to treat that stain from lunch)
- EmergenC Immune Support Beverage Mix (to help ward off the flu half her students just came down with)
- Tylenol (to treat the unexpected headache)
- Advil (to stack with the Tylenol in the event the headache is REALLY bad)
- Kleenex (in case the EmergenC doesn’t work as well as we hoped)
- Wisp (for those days she eats garlic shrimp right before her conferences with parents begin)
- Floss (in case she also had corn on the cob with her garlic shrimp)
I found a sturdy, plastic bin at the dollar store that was the perfect size to contain everything I’d purchased for the gift.
I made up a little poem to accompany the basket, printed it on card stock and attached it as a gift tag with some ribbon. Click here for a copy of the poem (there are two copies on one page).
You could easily recreate this bad day basket with a quick visit to the travel-size section of your favorite store or your local dollar store. You can also tailor the items to the recipient and your budget. I actually made four of these baskets at one time so I bought some of the items in bulk (e.g. the EmergenC, the tissue pack, the Wisps, and the Pretzel Crisps). I figured these kits work just as well for bus drivers, and mail carriers so I decided to knock out several gifts at one time.
What would you include in a bad day basket? I’d love to hear your ideas!