It has become tradition now for us to give gifts to our kids teachers at the end of the year. I like it when I can reuse gifts from previous years for my kids teachers. But, this year my daughter had the same teacher as last year (she moved up a grade with her class because they needed more teachers in that grade)!
So I couldn’t reuse the gifts I did last year, at least not for her.
Sorry, Bill, that wasn’t meant to be an attack. Giving apples made sense in a historical context, but now the symbolism has carried on. I don’t know what your kids’ teachers like, but you have to imagine that not every person who becomes a teacher naturally loves apples.
I grew up in a family of teachers (my mother retired 18 years ago and still has a massive stash of generic “teacher gifts” in a closet) and I know that teachers often spend a lot of their own money on things for their classrooms, so I tend to give a small item paired with a gift card. In terms of laser items, I’ve given custom pencils, key chains, etc. If I know a teacher celebrates Christmas, they might get a personalized ornament. Sometimes I got to know the teachers better or they had funny stories/nicknames for my kids. In those cases, they got something a little more personal.
Whether they love apples or not, I’m sure they appreciate your thoughtfulness.
I made earrings and keychains for the holidays. For end of the school year, I try to never make my item school-focused. All I picture is that the teachers have what could fill up a closet with apple and pencil themed stuff that they won’t ever use. I prefer to give them things that anyone would enjoy. I made some cute butterfly bookmark things for the teachers this year and they loved them. My daughter has lots of teachers and therapists, so I have to make something that’s inexpensive so I can afford to give everyone one. (I think I made like 10 this year and still found a couple of people I missed, ugh! lol But her school is amazing and they all love my daughter - it’s truly her home. So I do whatever I can to show my appreciation.)