I will probably also make caramel cakes for each teacher or take them lunch from Panera.
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Otherwise I stick to Target and Walmart. That way they can spend it on themselves or for classroom material.
As a former teacher (who now teaches her own kids at home) I like the idea of a gift card, but the idea of a handmade gift appeals to my soul as well as what I would use. Understandably we are all crazy busy and over scheduled during this part of the year, but just taking the time to let someone know that you appriciate them with something that you made yourself is so special! I don't think teachers will be disappointed with anything on this list however.
We are making a charitable donation from Heifer International (www.heifer.org) for each child's teacher.
Speaking as a teacher, I would LOVE such a gift. It would be something I would be able to share and discuss with my students. A fabulous gift with excellent teaching moments.
Years ago a kid gave me a mini-maglight and I loved that. I still use it often and think of him every time! Other favorites: a jar of homemade hot cocoa mix with a small whisk attached (I use that whisk all the time!), a chicco bag, fancy chocolates and nuts, and I happen to love the homemade cookies and treats!
My daughter loves giving gifts to all her teachers (8 including art, music, etc.) I usually make something for them and go to the dollar store b/c they have some really nice tins and boxes to put them in. Last year I made caramel popcorn from scratch and added some other candies and put them in a tin. The teachers loved them. I always get something extra special for her main teacher though.
I give teachers, prinicpal, office worker each a tray of home made chocolates and cookies we make that week. But I love making all these sweets. I figure they can enjoy them or re gift them that weekend at a party since its all made up. One year I received a call the following week from the office secretary (whose daughter also teaches at the school) wanting a recipe to the buck eye chocolates I made. Their family was doing their cookie exchange and she and another family member gobbled them all up and she wanted to make a batch.
I also give a gift card to a local lunch place the teachers can go to.