Anything's Better Than Apples

Don't get me wrong; I like apples. But apple-themed gifts for teachers have to be right up there next to those cheesy convenience-store roses in the "Sooo NOT thinking about you" queue when it comes to gifting.

I received some pretty great gifts back when I had a first day of school, too.

I displayed the lovely Blue Willow saucer that Lauren gave me until my daughter broke it dusting, and the fish candle holder and wooden Christmas ornament that Ari gave me are on my bedside table. There are several touchstones like this around my house still. I last taught 12 years ago, so I think it's safe to say that if these kids (or, more accurately, their parents) were hoping to touch my life, they succeeded.

On the other hand...
I'm so sorry...there's that box of apple-themed gifts in the attic. A whole box, bigger than a microwave, smaller than a car: a lot of stuff. Stuff somebody thought enough about me to spend money on, wrap, and force their middle-schooler to drag to school for me. Worth saving, since I loved the kids too much to throw the stuff away. So now it's all tucked away up there for me to dig through now and again, usually during a hunt for something else.

I know it's the thought that counts, and I'm not complaining.

I just don't intend to put my thought, effort, and resources into a gift that is almost certainly destined for the attic.

I have seven criteria for treats to give people, including school staff. I think the gifts and treats in the links below fit most if not all of them. I'd love to hear what you do that teachers love!

Teacher/School Staff Gift Ideas

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