Show the special people in your life how much you appreciate them with these “Thanks for always going the EXTRA mile!” gift bags. They are so cute and simple to make!
The holiday season is a great time to reflect and show gratitude for all the things we are thankful for.
It’s the perfect time to tell the very important people in our lives — THANK YOU.
That could be through a simple phone call, card, or gift — a little something to say thanks to those who always give extra and deserve some recognition.
I have so many people in my life that I am thankful for — my husband, my kids’ awesome teachers, my dad who is so generous of his time and help, the daycare workers at the gym, and my wonderful friends.
There are also people I don’t usually see but appreciate so much, like the delivery drivers who deliver mail and packages to my house almost daily and all of the service men and women who work around the clock to keep us safe.
They all deserve a little something extra this year.
To show my gratitude, I’m giving all of my VIPs these cute gift bags filled with Extra Gum that say, “Thank you for always going the EXTRA mile!”
I want to show them that I appreciate everything they do — for going the “extra mile.”
If you’re looking for a simple and inexpensive gift idea to say thanks to the VIPs in your life, you can easily make these gift bags as well. Here’s what you’ll need:
Extra Sugarfree Mint Gum Variety Box, 18 CountNeenah Exact Index Card Stock, 8.5 x 11 Inch, 65 lb, White, 75 Sheets Wilton Party Bags, 4 by 9.5-Inch, Clear, 50-PackAmerican Crafts Value Pack Glitter Ribbon Set 2, 1-Yard Spool, Set of 18Fiskars 1/8 Inch Circle Hand Punch (23517097J)
Save yourself time and a trip to the store and purchase these items on Amazon.
You can buy just one flavor of gum if you choose, but I recommend buying the variety box to give your recipients a selection of flavors.
Before getting started, you’ll want to print these free printable gift tags that I made. They print perfectly on 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock.
Cut them out and punch a hole into the top of each. Then add 2-3 packs of gum to each bag and tie a gift tag to each using the ribbon. Easy peasy!
How To Get Perfectly Round Circles
I’ve gotten several emails about how to cut out the perfect circle, especially if you are making a bunch of these. You can cut them out with scissors, but it’s tedious.
The easiest alternative would be to use a 2.5-inch circle paper punch, which will cut almost exactly on the outer, dark blue line.
Feel free to email or leave a comment with any other questions you might have!
Sunday 5th of March 2023
Is there anyway to change the wording to. THANKS for Making This Day EXTRA Special.
Wednesday 16th of October 2019
Tha I you for sharing! I am using these for teacher appreciation gifts for our church and this has saved me alot of time so I wanted to drop in to say thanks for sharing!
Wednesday 24th of June 2020
Thank you for sharing you tags for free. I do these for teacher appreciation every year and I am not great at making cute tags. I love these!
Thursday 17th of October 2019
That's awesome! My pleasure! :)
Sunday 5th of May 2019
How do I cut out 75 of these in perfect circles???? Yikes! I want to use these for this week’s teacher appreciation but can’t imagine that I can hand cut the circles perfectly 75 times
Sunday 5th of May 2019
Hi Bonnie! Some people have mentioned printing them on the Avery round labels that peel off like stickers. Otherwise, having a friend (or two) help cut them out makes it go faster. Hope that helps!
Sunday 21st of October 2018
Is there away to set your template for Avery Labels 22830? 9 on a sheet but your wont line up with the label? Can you send me just 1 instead of the 9? thanks
Wednesday 17th of October 2018
Thank you! I'm a recently retired Teacher in NJ. My last child is a senior in high school and I get to now be the "senior mom" for the maternity leaves I never took! First thing I did was sign up for PTO committees and am chairing teacher recognition. Using your idea for the first of several surprise days to recognize our high school faculty and staff. Thanks again!
Thursday 18th of October 2018
Hi Terry, kudos to you for being Senior Mom! :) I hope the faculty and staff loved your thoughtful gift!