DIY Candy Cane Sleighs {Teacher, Neighbor, Friend or Kid Gift}

At the beginning of the year I polled our teachers on what types of gifts they like (and dislike) and there was an overwhelming response for gift cards, specifically Target gift cards. I totally get that. I love Target gift cards too and I definitely don’t need any more travel size hand sanitizers. However, I still wanted to personalize their gifts a bit from our class so I got crafty. In lieu of cards I picked up some candy (for the exact same price, about $12) and whipped out my hot glue gun for a quick and fun project — DIY Candy Cane Sleighs!

DIY Candy Cane Sleighs


5 miniature candy bars (for each sleigh you make)
2 candy canes

1 candy bar of your choice (I used a Russel Stover Christmas brownie)
1 full size KitKat
Glue (or tape)

Gift card box (optional)

1. Glue the candy canes onto the bottom of the KitKat as the base of your sleigh. I reinforced with tape too.
2. Stuff your gift card box and on top of the KitKat.
Stack your candy layers,
gluing them down as you go. Use smaller pieces as you add layers to create a pyramid shape.
3. Wrap the ribbon around the sleigh and tape it down.
4. Top with a bow!

As part of the teacher survey, I also collected their candy preferences so I kept that in mind when picking out the sleigh materials.

I found a pack of these pretty gold gift card holders in the Target dollar aisle.

Voila! A thoughtful way to give a gift card!


Would love to know what you get your kiddo’s teachers during the holidays! I’m always looking for new ideas!




  1. Amy
    December 18, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    These are so cute!

  2. Kelly Crusenberry
    December 18, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    So cute! I received a sleigh the other day, but it had a little Santa sitting on top, so glad to know how to make these now!Oh and I had my christmas cookie exchange last night! what a hit and SO much fun!!

  3. Owen Davis @ Davis Duo
    December 18, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    Adorable! What a cute idea!

  4. Regine Karpel
    December 18, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    How cute

  5. Hanging with the Hirsts
    December 18, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    These are so cute and creative!!

  6. Justine Ciemny
    December 18, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    LOVE this! My niece and nephew are in their teens and request gift cards every year which I totally get for their age… BUT I love to give personal gifts so I think this is the perfect compromise… so looks like I'll be getting crafty this weekend 🙂 Thanks for sharing!Justine @ Charm City Ciemny'

  7. Kristina (Ms.Modify)
    December 18, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    This is SO cute! I love how a gift card is in there, but it's still so personalized! Nothing like a homemade gift!

  8. Simply LKJ
    December 18, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    Such a cute and thoughtful idea!

  9. Cassie
    December 18, 2015 / 4:05 pm


  10. Aimee
    December 18, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    Super cute idea! I'll have to keep this in mind when my little one is in daycare next year. Curious to know what the teachers said they disliked?

  11. Sarita @ it's my girls' world
    December 18, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    How cute are you? I've got to remember this for future use!

  12. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    December 18, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    These are adorable – absolutely love them! x

  13. Rachel
    December 18, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    I love these! They are so cute!

    • Thúy Nguyễn
      December 29, 2015 / 9:09 am

      Bạn đang loay hoay lên ý tưởng cho ngôi nhà của mình? Bạn muốn tìm thấy được những sản phẩm gia cong inox, gia cong sat sáng tạo để ngôi nhà không bị tẻ nhạt và nhàm chán? Để trả lời cho những câu hỏi trên, bạn hãy tham khảo bộ sưu tập các mẫu sản phẩm sat my thuat, lan can sat my thuat, giuong sat my thuat, cũng như cau thang sat my thuat đến từ nhiều nhà thiết kế khác nhau để đưa ra được quyết định đúng đắn! Ngoài ra su kien quang cao chuyên cung cấp các loại bang hieu quang cao, logo, cong chao su kien, gian hang hoi cho đầy ấn tượng

  14. Elizabeth Birenbaum
    December 18, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    Such a cute, fun spin on just giving a gift card!

  15. Evelina
    December 19, 2015 / 12:34 am

    This is SO cute to leave on your neighbours' doorstep! Great idea!

  16. Jo
    December 19, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    Adorable!! I'm stealing- thanks! ; )

  17. Leah Garry
    December 20, 2015 / 1:08 am

    That is adorable!! I did gift cards tied w/ red ribbon on a large ghirardelli chocolate bar and a red bow. The gift cards were to a local restaurant in our area. I too think gift cards the best and most practical. Only so many candles, soaps, lotions, ornaments, etc. a teacher can possible use!!

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