Mug overload!

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  1. prinjess82

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    I have only been teaching three years and already have over 30 coffee mugs from students. I don't drink coffee or anything else of the sort. Anyone have some good ideas on what to do with them besides throwing them out? I know it is the thought that counts, but golly, I can't keep them all! Thanks.
     
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  3. Hoot Owl

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    You don't have to keep them all, donate them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army because if you don't you'll have a kitchen full by the time you've taught 30 years.

    I've been cleaning cabinets all afternoon and have boxed up probably 20 that have slipped by... out they go.
     
  4. old-new teacher

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    Bring them to a consignment store or donate them to good will. I'm thankful that I've actually only received a couple over the years, so I'm not drowning in them yet!
     
  5. Aliceacc

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    Well, they DO make great pen/pencil holders.

    But 30 is a LOT!!
     
  6. maroki

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    My mom has always filled them with homemade toffee or Christmas candies, wrapped them in holiday cellophane (the clear kind with decorations on it) and given them away around the holidays....to people in her church choir, neighbors, etc. I think she has also done this as a thank you for her volunteers and room mothers. Easy way to get rid of the mugs!

    ETA: Of course, if you give them to parent volunteers...make sure you aren't giving them a mug their child gave you! :unsure: Use the ones from years ago first or something.
     
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    You could also use them to make cake in a cup, which is awfully cute.
     
  8. Proud2BATeacher

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    Give them to your students next year as a christmas present. Fill it with candies or a package of hot chocolate, a candy cane and mini-marshmallows (there a poem called Snowman Soup that you could attach to it).
     
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    Great idea! Women's or homeless shelters are also always grateful for donations.
     
  10. Momzoid

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    A friend of mine would take her gifts from students that she didn't want to the senior center. They would use them as prizes for their bingo games. The seniors there just loved it!
     
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    My grandmother would have "regifted" them... lol
     
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    I used to spread out the "loot" from my kids on my bed and let my young nieces pick out gifts to give their mommy and daddy. My brother told me to stop, but I didn't! It was so funny seeing the two of them being "appreciative" to their daughters while shooting poison darts at me.
     
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    thanks for all the great ideas! I just get sentimental and am a pack rack....not a good combination! But those are some good options. Proud2BATeacher, do you have a copy of the snowman soup poem? Thanks.
     
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    make a candle out of them???
    I have 4 on my desks full of pens and pencils.
     
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    This is probably going to sound very tacky, but I also am not a coffee drinker and have some beautiful mugs with works of art that I love printed on them. They have become silverware holders-I keep all my forks, spoons separated in them.
     
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    I keep the ones that I like and donate the rest to the Salvation ARmy store. I clean them out every other year or so.
     
  17. love2teach

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    I saw that on food network the other day...it was cute!
    Just make sure the mugs are oven safe!!
     
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    Check out your teacher's lounge! Stick some of them in there, near the coffee pot for NEW teachers or volunteers to use for their morning coffee or chocolate. They would appreciate that. For the left over ones, ask some of the teachers IF THEY WOULD LIKE ONE, esp the ones with the cute notes;
    -WORLD'S BEST TEACHER
    -TEACHERS HAVE CLASS
    -YOU MAKE LEARNING FUN!
    -YOU MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE TEACHER
    -IF MY MOM DOESN'T KNOW IT, I ASK MY TEACHER!:lol:
    (Yeah! Right! I haven't seen one yet with this on it! I can see some Moms in America getting offended by this! Then again, the Moms with a sense of humor, would buy them.)
    Oooops! Didn't mean to get off your subject!:D
    Sorry,
    Rebel1
     
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    I used to work at a kindergarten in Japan and I received lots of handkerchiefs from my student's parents. I had so many I that didn't know what to do with them.
     
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    I just got 6 yesterday! I had already brought in some snowman soup, so I put the soup into the mug, and put it in a gift bag for our permanent subs. They loved it!
    Regifted and loved and they never even made it into my house. :)
     
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    :lol i would pass them on to a charity also
     
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    As I was unpacking our Christmas stuff this year, I found lots of cute things that students have given me over the years that I have no use for. Don't get me wrong, I am really appreciative that they thought of me, but I just cannot keep everything. I laid everything out and invited my sister and my mom over. They picked through my things and got some really great secret santa gifts. It worked out great for everyone! Less stuff for me to store, less money they had to spend, and their secret santas got some cute stuff!
     
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    Drop some off at the local high school. High school teachers are much less likely to have lots of extra mugs. Plus teachers of juniors often don't get the grads coming back saying "you were great!" so some fun mugs are nice!
     
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    You should have made a QUILT with them.
     
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    Save a few though. They are good for eating ice cream.
     
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    I used to keep the cute ones and whenever I got a can of soda, I put the can in the cup. It kept it cold and didn't sweat all over my desk.
     
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    Use them next year with your students and plant something in them.
     
  29. runsw/scissors

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    This was my thought. You could rotate a few as the year progresses.
     
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    When we get a new teacher at school, I give them a mug with a couple new pens, a granola bar, a tea bag and a pack of cocoa. It would make a nice "welcome" for a student teacher also.
     
  32. DaTeach

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    That is an excellent idea!
     
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    Aww, I love that idea. Let the subs know that they are appreciated.
     
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    A while ago, I read an article in Guideposts Magazine about coffee cups. I've searched and searched and can't find it on their website, so I'll summarize it as best I can.

    This woman was writing about her friend, who had hundreds of coffee mugs. When she asked her friend why she didn't give them away, her friend explained that every morning, while she made her coffee, she prayed over the cabinent full of coffee mugs. You see, all of the mugs in her cabinet had been given to her by friends, coworkers and family memebers. While she prayed over her coffee mugs, she was reminded of the people in her life and the people were no longer around, some by distance and some by death. Her mugs were a tangible reminder of how much she was loved by her friends and family.
     
  35. DaTeach

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    Now that is very touching....and a very unique way to look at it.
     

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