Teacher and Co-Worker Gift Ideas

The hardest groups of people to buy gifts for seem to be co-workers and children’s teachers.
Most people tend to have several co-workers so gifting each one a $20 gift card might not be feasible. And then there are teachers. The standard Starbucks gift card is always great but not so unique and believe or not some people just aren’t fond of that place (gasp)!
So what’s a girl to do?
There seems to be one universal gift that everyone loves…food. Last night after Ben went to sleep I whipped up several different tasty treats while sipping a heaping glass of Moscato.
A side note: As fond as I am about kids helping and baking in the kitchen, anytime I’m making something that other people will be eating I leave little Ben out of it. As much as I love my kid and the germs that come with him, other people might not. 

I started by whipping up some chocolate covered pretzels.
I also picked up some cute decorative boxes and bags to put the goodies in. Big Lots just opened up in my town and although most of their stuff wasn’t that great, they did have a lot of festive bags, boxes, and containers.
Inside each box I placed a clear party favor bag (found at Walmart in the party isle) and filled it up with the pretzels.
The pretzels were going to Ben’s 3 classroom teachers so I also included a set of mittens in cute fun colors. 
And attached these gift tags I picked up from Michaels. 
For the other teachers at his school as well as the directors, I whipped up a batch of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies. They are so easy and the most time consuming part was unwrapping each candy.
I got this cute little cookie wrapper at Big Lots as well. It came with a red tray on the bottom to hold the cookies and I don’t have to worry about getting a pan or dish back from the school. 
And last but not least, for my lovely co-workers I made some good ole fashioned peppermint bark. Recipes for this are all over the internet so if your interested, Google that shiz.
I was so excited when I walked into my office this morning to find that I also had bags of yummy goodies on my desk. I may or may not have had chocolate covered pretzels, chex mix, and M&Ms for lunch.
Tonight J and I are going to our favorite steak place with our friends whose husband just completed a  HUGE proposal for work. I can’t wait to celebrate and enjoy some delicious food.
Stayed tuned for tomorrow as I’ll be posting my first of 3 Pinterest Challenge Projects!


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