Back to School Teacher Gift with Smarties + Smarties Prize Pack Giveaway

Whether you are ready to admit it or not, Back to School season is knocking at the door.  Before long, the school buses will resume their daily routes, homework will become a nightly chore and the lazy, hazy days of summer will be a distant memory.

I have always loved the back to school time of year.  Growing up, I loved it at a student.  The new school year always meant some new clothes, a new backpack, a new pair of shoes and of course, a new teacher.  College brought even more to look forward to – moving into the dorms, reuniting with friends after a summer apart, learning to live on my own.

After college, back to school took on a new meaning for me – this time as a teacher.  I remember the excitement that came with buying supplies for my students, setting up my classroom and trying to get everything “just right” for the first day of school.

And now here I am – playing yet ANOTHER new role when it comes to the beginning of school… as a mom!  Lily Bean will be 4 in September and will start her 2nd year of preschool.  She is PSYCHED.  So it was certainly perfect timing when I recently had the opportunity to come up with some sort of back-to-school-related craft, gift or project that uses Smarties candies.

I have to admit, Smarties are a childhood favorite of mine.  I can still remember how some teachers would hand out Smarties before big tests – helping us find our “smarts” to perform well.  That was such a simple gesture, but it really broke up test-taking anxiety!

I recently learned that the Smarties Candy Company (family owned and run) makes all of its candy in North America between two factories – Union, NJ and Newmarket, Ontario.  Three generations of the Dee family work under the same roof at Smarties Headquarters in New Jersey.  Pretty neat!

So it was armed with a lifelong love of Smarties that I made my way to Walmart last weekend.  I had an idea for my project in mind, and I found all of the supplies that I needed.  After picking up my Smarties, I found a cute container (clear glass) and then made my way to the ribbon aisle.  I had just a few options when it came to ribbon!

smarties at walmart TCL

walmart ribbon aisle TCL

I knew that I was going to shred some tissue paper that I had at home (light blue and white).  I also needed some printable labels to use for the custom tag that I designed in Photoshop.  I picked up a pack of Avery Labels #25395 and they worked great.

Here is a look at the tag I designed – get your own FREE copy here: Smarties Teacher Gift Label.

smarties teacher gift label

Put it all together and what do you get?


I have to admit – I just LOVE the way this turned out!  I guess I know what Lily’s preschool teacher will be receiving on the first day of school, huh?

You can find even more Smarties goodness by checking them out on Facebook and Twitter.

AND because they ROCK, Smarties will be giving THREE lucky readers a Smarties prize pack that includes the following:

1 Theater box Smarties
1 small bag Original Smarties
1 small bag Tropical Smarties
1 small bag X-Treme Sour Smarties
1 small bag Smarties in a Pouch
1 small bag seasonal Smarties

smarties prize pack TCL

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I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Smarties #CBias #SocialFabric .  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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  • Ljred

    I love this idea!!! I think that i am going to do this for all my girls classes too!!

  • Jenny

    I would make a smartie back to school jar for each of my 3 daughters teachers.

  • Justcrazy24

    I would share with my daughter, who is getting ready for back to school! We love Smarties too! 🙂

  • Boodee95

    what a great idea! super cute, and easy too…i’ll definitely have to give it a try 🙂

  • Amy

    That’s ADORABLE! Perfect gift for a teacher!

  • Kriola76

    Great idea!!

  • What a “Smart” idea!! Love it!!!

  • What a “Smart” idea!! Love it!!

  • Anjie

    This is so very cute! I think I’ll make one and take it for my daughter’s teacher on Meet the Teacher night!

  • Ykunce

    I have several friends who are teachers. I might make one for my niece and nephew. My nephew is going to kindergarten this fall.

  • Jennyferry2003

    I would send this prize pack in with dAve on the 1st day of 2nd grade!

  • Christinaspindler

    Great teacher gift for new middle schooler

  • Alissa

    My son LOVES Smarties so I wouldnt just share with him, he’d probably get MOST of them 🙂

  • Kris2190

    This awesome i cant wait to make lily is super excited to be going back to pre-k and she loves her teachers so it will be a great gift for them! Thanks for the idea!

  • This is really adorable… I have several friends that are teachers! I would share with one of them! I’ve posted to a few of my friends so they can make them also!

  • Francesca

    Send it with my 8 year old on the first day of school

  • Anonymous

    That is an adorable candy jar!! We made a candy jar too that I will be sharing it next week. Great job 🙂

  • amy beth marantino

    i would share with ME! i love smarties