My "go to" gift, which is my "I don't know if anyone's getting me something so I have some stock gifts with me just in case Ineed to reciprocate" is a bag of spiced tea... it's a old family recipe (not really sure where mom got the recipe from, but it's been a staple in my house since I can remember)... it's a dry mix of tang, lemonade mix, instant tea, and some spices. I give that out with the recipe... sometimes in a mug or cute container, sometimes without. My mom also has a "fireside coffee" that's a mixture of hot cocolate and coffee and creamer. I'm not a coffee drinker, but it's still pretty good. Samples of each with te recipes attached make a nice gift
a bag of spiced tea... it's a old family recipe (not really sure where mom got the recipe from, but it's been a staple in my house since I can remember)... it's a dry mix of tang, lemonade mix, instant tea, and some spices.
We make that too. We call it Russian Tea.
From the perspective of the gift-getter, I really enjoy anything that lets me know that you were thinking about me...so anything works! Some of my favorite gifts are home-made treats, Christmas tea towels, and bookmarks. I don't particularly enjoy candy canes and cheap, nasty chocolates from the dollar store.
Last year I got everyone in my department a little Christmas kitchen towel/potholder/scrubber set.
I usually make buddy basket bars from Longaberger Baskets, but this year, I'm going to give out sweet and salty mix that a former parent at our school was famous for. Her kids no longer go to our school, but we miss her mix! It's so good....and I got the recipe from her.
Of course by this time of the year, I just want some new, nice pens, and post its....as my supplies as just simply running out.
OOHH Me too! I would love a refresher of all the cute stuf i get at the beginning of the year. I am down to the school-issued ball points and yellow stickies. I know everyone is different, but I love a fun pen and pretty note pads.
Or - a pre-holiday gift - a basket of fruit at the beginning of the month to help me stay away from the treats in the faculty room!
I like to give nice Thank you card sets since ours are all depleted after the Holidays I have also given photo ornaments, Kohl's sells them in sets of 3-4 for fairly cheap and then open the package and re-wrap!