I think it is very important to let my kids teachers know that I appreciate them. However with six kids, that can get expensive. I have some very creative friends that do amazing things for their teachers. I know many families stop giving teacher's gifts once their kids head to middle school because the number of teachers increases. When Mike was a high school teacher, he didn't receive anything from his kids or their families. I also know that teachers sometimes receive a bunch of, well...junk. So here is my solution - and so far I have received rave reviews from the teachers.
ALL teachers and some special support staff receive the following:
Before school or first day of school: mini survival kit that includes things like, gum, bottle of water, "mix-in" for water bottle, granola bar, pencils, hand sanitizer, sticky notes, and business card with our info and the offer to help in some way. All wrapped in a paper lunch sack.
Thanksgiving: Party favor bag of caramel popcorn.
Valentines Day: Killer Blonde Brownie wrapped in chinese take-out box
Spring Break: Lemon Bar wrapped in chinese take-out box
Last Day of School: Pint Jar of BBQ sauce
Elementary School Teachers Only: Chili and Cornbread Dinner when we attend Parent-Teacher Conferences.
I have done different things for Christmas and am still searching for the "perfect" thing. I can tweak this and change or add things, but I like the consistency. And I have a few teachers that look forward to receiving their goodies. If there are teachers that don't like it, I haven't heard yet...maybe they just pass their goodies along. I did have one teacher this past year that said she was so exciting to have my child because it meant she would get goodies.
I am not one to keep my recipes a secret, so if you click on the name of the item, you can see the recipe.