I have such a great respect for teachers. I don't think I possess the brain, patience, or creativity to be a teacher, so I admire those who do. My kids have been blessed with great teachers so far in life - from infant age on up. Teaching is a tough job, an important job, and sadly, a job that doesn't pay what it is worth. Like many people, when the holidays roll around, I like to give teacher gifts. Some years the gifts are bigger than other years, but no matter what, I want to make sure the teachers know they are appreciated.
With all the craziness of the last month, the last day of school was suddenly looming one day away, and I had not even given a thought to teacher gifts yet. During a quick trip to Target on my lunch hour, I was able to pick up Target gift cards and the ingredients for reindeer mix. I neglected to buy any packaging while at Target though, so I would have to make do with whatever I had at home. It was entirely possible I would be sending teacher goodies in random mismatched Tupperware or plastic grocery bags.
I had a vague recollection of buying cellophane bags through the girls' Sally Foster school fundraiser. Sure enough, in the still-unopened Sally Foster box, I had a nice set of holiday bags with matching twist-ties. Score! Also, I'm slightly addicted to the website Sarah and Abraham. When that site ran a promotion earlier in the season, I had ordered personalized gift labels which worked just perfectly for these goodie bags.
Gifts couldn't get much more last minute and unplanned than these, but I was so pleased with the end result.