I often wonder how teachers do it. Charlie’s class has 26 kids, and his teacher is usually on her own. I can barely handle 2 kids… I can’t imagine 26! For both Olive’s preschool class and Charlie’s kindergarten class the parents go in on one gift card, but I wanted to give them a little something extra because they do so much! In the past three months of kindergarten, Charlie has learned how to read and write. Olive, independent and in her own world since birth, has somehow become the class social butterfly. And I give all the credit to their teachers!

I saw this “For Your Mistletoes” idea on Pinterest and thought it was so easy and cute (perfect for a last minute teacher’s gift if you’re still looking for one!). You could keep it simple with a bottle of nail polish, or add accessories like nail polish remover, foot cream, socks, and pedicure tools — all things you can find at your local drugstore. I included fuzzy Christmas-themed socks (because who doesn’t love socks), nail polish (in festive red), and foot cream. You can download a free printable of the tag pictured below here.

Charlie also has a ton of after school teachers (he takes a different class every day). I don’t really know any of them, but I wanted to give them something because taking care of kids is hard work! So I bought these Plano boxes for $4 on Amazon, and filled them with an assortment of chocolates. Rite-Aid had a surprisingly good selection including Ghirardelli, Godiva, Lindt, Toblerone, Almond Roca, Ferrero Rocher, and I rounded it out with some holiday themed York Peppermint Patties, Snickers, Twix, Milky Way and 3 Musketeers. It was so hard not to eat the chocolate as I was assembling these! I also added a chapstick because I am the ultimate chapstick/lip balm addict, and everyone needs it here in New York during the winter. Hopefully they can use these boxes to organize small things like school supplies after they eat all the chocolate!

What did you gift to your child’s teachers this year?