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I know I’ve told you before, but I’m in love with my laminator. Maybe it’s the teacher in me, but I love being able to quickly laminate something so that I can reuse it over and over again (like my kids’ chore charts).
When I was looking for some great gift ideas to share with you, I came across a Scotch laminator that is on sale for LESS THAN 20 BUCKS! (Note: This price is subject to change at any time.) A bargain like this would make an awesome gift for a lot of people on your list. Not only that, it could help you DIY a few Christmas presents yourself. So here are some of my favorite ways to use a laminator. My hope is that this list will help you narrow down the perfect recipient of a laminator as a gift OR to help you craft some gifts of your own…
- CREATE DRY-ERASE ANYTHING! – Mazes, checklists, puzzles, chore charts…you can turn anything into a dry-erase version that you can use again and again!
- PRESERVE RECIPE CARDS – Laminate recipe cards to protect them from splatters and spills or to preserve those extra special cards with loved one’s handwriting.
- CREATE YOUR OWN MAGNETS – Rather than pay for an expensive photo magnet, you can laminate your kid’s school picture, glue a magnet to the back and call it a win.
- EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS – Laminate safety cards or other emergency-related documents to keep them safe from the elements.
- SCHEDULES AND CALENDARS – When I know I’ll be referencing a schedule or calendar often, I will run it through the laminator so that it lasts longer and is easier to find.
- BOOKMARKS – There are tons of great printable bookmarks on Pinterest that you can print off and laminate.
- FILE FOLDER GAMES – If you have never heard of file folder games, here is an example. File folder games are so much better when they are laminated; the pieces are sturdier for little fingers to handle and the games last much longer! My sister-in-law made a binder of file folder games for our family for Christmas one year. She just put the games on construction paper instead of folders, then laminated and hole punched them. My kids STILL play with it over five years later!
- BASICALLY ANYTHING IN A CLASSROOM – Seriously, if you know that your child’s teacher doesn’t have their own laminator, consider getting them one for Christmas instead of yet another coffee mug. At today’s price, it wouldn’t break the bank!
Honestly, the list could go on and on. Laminators are awesome and could make a wonderful gift OR help you make a wonderful gift. 🙂
What is your favorite thing to laminate?