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Do you know how hard it is to find individually wrapped candies that are either blue or wrapped in blue?  Way harder than I expected.  I thought I’d at least be able to find a blue raspberry candy or something.  I mean, there was something funny about Mary Jane candies – but those might make a good 4/20 gift.  I swear, police officers and stoners are equally likely to make pot jokes – just in completely different circumstances.

I really wanted to put something together as a gift for the department for Police Week, and I was hoping for something clever – but it just wasn’t happening, apparently.  So, I went with an old standby: Hershey kisses.

They might be boring and overdone, but I don’t know many people who don’t like them, so that’s a win.

But don’t expect me to come up with any cheesy phrases or puns having to do with kissing.  Sorry!  That’s weird. (But kudos to those of you who are into that kind of thing – I’m just not a cutesy person.)


bag printable kisses police appreciation gift

What You’ll Need:

  • Hershey Kisses or other individually wrapped candy (1-2 lb)
  • Plain black gift bag.
  • A color printer and paper.
  • A glue stick

I got the Kisses from the bulk section at Winco for $5 per pound and the package of bags from JoAnn’s.  The package of 13 bags (with white, red, and black bags) with coupon ended up being about 19 cents per bag.  And the plain gift bags are great if you want to use them for birthday parties/baby showers/whatever in the future 🙂

As far as putting it together, it’s pretty simple.  If you’ve graduated Kindergarten, you can totally do it. Haha!  Just cut out the badge and paste it on.  Glue sticks work best – not so wrinkly when dry 🙂

completed bag police appreciation gift

Voila!  I didn’t realize until I took a look at this picture that the badge was slightly off-center. D’oh. Oh, well.  

I intended to tie the top with cute blue polka-dotted ribbon I bought the other day, but I can’t find the roll.  I assume my son ran off with it. Hopefully when I find the ribbon I’ll also find the rest of the credit cards he stole from my purse the other day.  Ahh, life with a one-year-old.

Edit: I found the ribbon, hooray!

blue ribbon on police appreciation gift

I’ll be dropping this gift off at the station later today: I can’t wait!

If you’d like to make this gift as well, click on the image below to go to the printable PDF version.

LEO Appreciation Badge (1)


Are you doing anything special for your local department this week?

EDIT: If you’re looking for some more ideas, here’s a fun idea for Doritos from Mommy Octopus!

National Police Week

This is a super cute idea!  I'm going to have to make this for my husband's department.  I just have to think of what to put in the bag... she's right, there's not a lot of blue candies, lol!


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