I have been a preschool teacher for over 15 years. In that time I have accumulated more than a few mugs, ornaments, apple decor, candles, and bottles of hand lotion. Don't get me wrong, I am ever so grateful that my families choose to add me to their gift giving lists and I really appreciate their kindness. But after a while, I started cleaning house on all of the 'teacher gifts'. They were either regifted or donated to a charity thrift store. So when my girls entered school, I tried to make the gifts for their teachers a little more personal and practical. The girls always make a card thanking their teacher and we usually make a tin full of goodies and store bought chocolates for the teachers to share with their families. I often include a little hand made gift like post it note holders, or bookmarks.
This year, there were two people that really spent a lot of time working with my daughter and I wanted to make them something extra special. DD#1 is in her second year of choir and was chosen for Circle the State with Song last year. She also tried out for the state's Honor Choir, but didn't make it. This year, her choir director and assistant (who also worked with me for a short while at the preschool) worked with her quite a bit to get her ready for her audition. All of the extra work paid off and she was accepted to both the Honor Choir and Circle the State this year. To show our appreciation, I made some personalized wall hangings for them. It's a little hard to see the paper, but when I tried for an overhead shot, the glare from the glass was horrid!