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DIY Gift Card 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!

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!

DIY Candy Cane Gift Card Sleighs

  • 5 miniature candy bars (per sleigh)
  • 2 candy canes
  • 2 same size square candy bars of your choice (I used a Russel Stover candy bar & KitKat)
  • Glue (or tape)
  • Ribbon
  • Mini Bow
  • Gift card box w/ gift card (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.

  3. Stack your candy layers, gluing them down as you go. Use smaller pieces as you add layers to create a pyramid shape.

  4. Wrap the ribbon around the sleigh and tape it down.

  5. Top with a bow!

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

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Leah Garry

Sunday 20th of December 2015

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!!


Saturday 19th of December 2015

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


Saturday 19th of December 2015

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

Elizabeth Birenbaum

Friday 18th of December 2015

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


Friday 18th of December 2015

I love these! They are so cute!