As a general rule of thumb for any class party, I like to have for food a sweet,
a salty, a fruit and drink. Plus to include all the necessary items to go along
with that (cups vs. Drink boxes, plates, napkins, utensils (if needed))
Also before planning food items to be brought in, check with the school and/or teacher
for stipulations about store bought vs. homemade treats. The allergy factor of individual
children seem to be setting the tone for individual classrooms and entire school
party menus. Be safe, check first.
Bright Ideas -click on left side to sort by Christmas recipes
Teacher Gift Ideas:
Gift certificates (a collection from the class presented in a creative way or a large
Gift certificates to:
Restaurants (local or chains)
Membership to a teacher site
Home Improvement stores
Nursery (tree or plants)
Individual Gift Ideas:
A nice thank you note saying how much you appreciate them (from you and
For younger teachers, Holiday accessories-decorations, ornaments, etc.
plant for the holidays
holiday plate with cookies or other homemade goodies
teacher note cards with his/her name
stationery with his/her name
See related links below for more ideas!
(Side note: I say younger teachers, not that teachers that have been teaching a while
wouldn't like those things...but if they have taught for a few years they might already
have a fabulous collection from previous classes)
Items for the classroom:
games for indoor recess
craft supplies (particularly for younger grades)
If you have a little extra time, some items that are fun are:
a basket of new or gently used books for the teacher's library.
a teacher chair (like a directors chair) with everyone's signature from that year.
a tote bag with a theme and everyone's signature (I used a rectangular plain canvas
bag. I made it into a flag with a blue box in the upper left corner with a few stenciled
in stars--not colored in. The red stripes were the kids names written by them. I
taped the lines for the white stripes and let them sign in red fabric marker.)
a glass vase with signatures from the class written in craft paint pen for glass/plastic.
(I made flowers drawn onto the vase and the kids all signed into the petals. Up
the side I wrote "Thanks for helping us grow". Teachers always need vases.)
a teacher apron with everyone's signature on it (see craft store for plain ones)
a book from the kids--have the students fill out their best memories, things they
liked the most, things they didn't really like, funniest moments, most embarrassing
moments, what you liked best about the year, the teacher is great because..., (just
some ideas to get you started. I usually made out a form and sent it home secretly
with the kids to fill out and then came in one day at recess and took all their pictures
to mount on their individual pages. Start early and then put together into a book
for the teacher.)
a class picture framed with their memories of the year written on the matting with