Teacher Gifts for the Most Awesome Teachers Ever

gift for an awesome teacher: Homemade Crazy Good Granola and The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: LIFE
gift for an awesome teacher: Homemade Crazy Good Granola and The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: LIFE

The end of the school year is overwhelming: the kids want it to be over, the teachers are exhausted, and the parents: don’t even get me started. Weariness, malaise, apathy: you reach the point where you just don’t want to deal with homework folders and book reports and dress up days and class parties. In the craziness that is the end of the school year, it is tempting to slack off on your teacher gift(s). But, you must find the strength within to come up with something for those wonderful people whom you entrust your children to for most of the week. It can be small and inexpensive—just a little something to show that you give a crap. Especially if your kids’ teachers are awesome. They work hard, they are chronically underpaid, they have no job security anymore, they deal with problem children and unreasonable parents. In preschool, the deal with bodily fluids for God’s sakes! They deserve a small—preferably consumable—token of your appreciation. They really do.

This year, the kiddos had amazing teachers. I really wanted to go the extra mile on their gifts, so I made a huge batch of Crazy Good Granola. For this particular version of Crazy Good Granola, I used the following mix:

  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup raw almond slivers
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ brown sugar
  • ½ cup extra virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp grown ginger 
  • 2 cups dried apricots

Everything but the dried apricots got mixed together and cooked at 350˚F for about 45 minutes. When cooking granola, be sure to stir it every 15 minutes so that it browns evenly.

For Lily’s preschool teachers, who are beyond super awesome—seriously, the best preschool teaching team in the history of preschool teachers—I also got The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: LIFE. I just love The Worst Case Scenario series of books, because they are completely random and hilarious.

teacher gifts: ready for delivery
teacher gifts: ready for delivery

Just look at those luverly, elegant teacher gifts. My work here is complete.

8 Replies to “Teacher Gifts for the Most Awesome Teachers Ever”

  1. Wow this is wonderful, and so beautifully put together! If I might make a small suggestion: When considering granola and other similar foods as gifts, check to make sure your giftee does not have food allergies first! 🙂

    1. Thank you for the compliment. And, yes, I’m all over those food allergies. I knew that nuts were safe for the teachers as long as them kept them hermetically sealed and away from their poor students with allergies.

  2. Wow! This was one satisfied preschool teacher. The granola was outstanding (and almost fully consumed) and the book was hilarious (and necessary)! For the record, your family is equally as amazing and it has been my pleasure and privilege to be your children’s teacher. Best kids EVER! Love, love, love them!

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