What are you doing for the teachers this year?
I have also done homemade jelly.
As well as I have done homemade ornaments.
I think we're going to make coasters for all the teachers:
And then make a some of these to fill these with their favorite treats:
I also thought these candle holders were absolutely gorgeous:
The cookie mix is a great idea. Something that could me made for both of my boys' teachers.
probably the sun dried balsamic or heirloom balsamic
Married mom of two, DD 17 and DS 14.
However I know some (online) people have said "oh no not the endless food". Really I just don't want to know that and continue to do my holiday cookies. Although I am thinking of something that can more easily be donated to a food pantry. Which makes me a bit sad.
One of my teacher friends made for her kids' teachers a set of coasters. You take small ceramic tiles, affix felt or coark stick-on grippies, and then decorate and spray a sealant. She did a stencil of their initial. I've done it before with a baby footprint for family gifts.
Dh is a teacher as are many of my siblings and a few other relatives. I don't know anybody who eats the homemade stuff or who needs more trinkets.
Jennifer, Naturopath and mom
In the past I've done cookies, muffins, candy, cinnamon almonds (hands down my favorite), these little pretzel chocolate thingies (also a favorite among teachers).
This year we'll probably do the nuts, the pretzel thingies and some different popcorn (in one of my cooking magazines they just had 3 or 4 different recipes that looked yummy!). I found little popcorn containers at Target for 2/$1 that I'll use and wrap them in holiday wrap. I think I'll do 3 different kinds of popcorn for each teacher.
DS has 5 different teachers that we'll gift (his 2 regular ed teachers (they have joined classrooms so he's with 1 teacher half the day and the other teacher the other half the day), special ed teacher, personal para/aide, classroom aide). He also has an OT and a SLP that we'll probably give a smaller goody basket to.
Steph, DH Jason (1-1-11), DS Owen (10-3-03) and DS Kai (10-13-11)
I will probably also make caramel cakes for each teacher or take them lunch from Panera.
Married. Mom to 1. Due 10/12.
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!
I don't think any teacher actually expects a gift.
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.