We had lots of discussion in November and December about the wide range of homemade food gift ideas.
We've developed a tradition of giving food gifts to the kids' teachers at Christmas and at the end of the year. My mom was a teacher and STILL has lots more mugs and candles and notepads and knick knacks than she could ever use!
Sticking to consumables has let us to customize a bit. The primary classroom teachers got a more elaborate bag (more add-ons) but we were still able to do reasonable gifts for the other teachers (art, music, gym, etc.). (You'd be amazed at how grateful they were to be remembered -- even though they teach every student, they get very few gifts.)
We had been doing thematic gift bags we made from Trader Joe's items. We'd done the nicer pasta with sauce and added jarred caponata, olives, or roasted peppers, or good evoo and balsamic vinegar, etc. We'd also done breakfast themes (tea/coffee, scones, jams).
Last Christmas I decided to go homemade and made jars of homemade hot cocoa mix (regular and dark cocoa), homemade marshmallows, and candies/cookie bars.
Now I'm out of work and I really need to find an inexpensive plan for end-of-the-year gifts. I'm stumped on something more in tune with Spring/Summer! I'm fine with putting in some time and effort. I really do appreciate the terrific teachers at our school, but can't spend much money.
Any inspirations out there? I'm not interested in the Tang/instant tea iced tea mixes (my personal taste), but would love any creative suggestions!
Update: because we deliver these at school -- I need to avoid anything that would need refrigeration, so candies are tougher for late June!
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