With three kids in school, teacher gifts are taking up my craft table. The Nugget had the brilliant idea of getting the support staff gifts out for Thanksgiving, so at least I cleared a bit of space! Here is what we are giving this year and my tips on how to make it affordable. This post is also partially navel gazing so I can remember what we gave next year to avoid duplicates.
The Nugget's guides and tap instructor: Blaze Pizza gift cards (buy $30 get a free pizza) in a handmade card from the Nugget.
Elementary Support Staff: homemade sugar scrub in Ball jars leftover from the Nugget's birthday party! Oops, I forgot to blog those party plans...maybe a belated post should be in the works.
Tater's Teachers: mini hand sanitizer, mini lotion (with B&BW coupons), Starbucks gift card, mini tech screen wipe (Target clearance) Ghiradelli minis (split a bag bought with Cartwheel)
Spork's Teachers: Mrs. Meyer's basil hand soap (Target buy 3, get 1), Starbucks gift card, mini tech screen wipe (Spork has the Nugget's former teachers, who have already received the B&BW minis from us a few years ago, which is why I gave them a different set of items)
Student Teachers and Administrators at the Preschool, Heads of School at Elementary, Hubby's Co-Workers: chocolate dipped peppermint Oreos. I buy candy canes (and cute cookie packaging) on clearance and chop them in the food processor. Melt chocolate chips, dip Oreos in chocolate, dip in candy cane bits, and package. Candy canes are perfect for one year if you keep them sealed, but 2yo candy canes go soft. Not that anyone would hoard candy canes for 2 years, ahem.
Preschool Support Staff, Gymnastics Coaches: eos pocket lotion and lip balm (Target price cut) in an organza bag.
Instead of buying a ton of little gift bags, I have inherited my mom's love of clear cello bags. They look fancy with a fabric ribbon and can be reused if you please. I also like to shop the Dollar Spot for plain metal buckets to use as tiny gift baskets. However, if you love the look of gift bags, JoAnn had some adorable buffalo plaid ones in jumbo packs!