Greetings from Santa Fe! I’m here for a culinary conference and basically in full-on culinary geek mode. Off to hear Danny Meyer speak, interviewed by one of my favorite food writers Kim Severson. In other news, school is out soon and man our teachers need a break. We had a few requests for a teacher gift guide, so my fearless assistant, Melissa, and I polled teachers we know and culled favorite ideas. The main takeaway: Talk to your kiddos and ask them about their teacher. Find out what they love and go from there. If they’re a sports fan, tickets to a game might be fun. Or if they’re a fashionista, a gift card to their favorite store. Have your kids do some reconnaissance. The only nos we got: Coffee mugs, candles and edible treats. Here’s to all the teachers!
- Teachers definitely need some quiet pool time, and we love this Tassel Beach Cover Up. If you feel like that’s too personal, wrap up a cute beach towel. Look for a muted turkish towel or a colorful striped number tucked into a beach bag with sunscreen and a People magazine.
- Speaking of magazines, why not gift a subscription to InStyle, Travel & Leisure or Bon Appetit?
- One year I wrapped up delicious maple syrup tied with a Williams-Sonoma gift card, spatula and my favorite recipe for pancakes. The teacher is a mom of four who loves to cook, but I sure hope her kids made her breakfast in bed at least one day that summer!
- A manicure/pedicure or spa gift card is always a nice indulgence. In fact, all the teachers we spoke to said they appreciate American-Express or Visa gift cards. If they’re a coffee drinker, a Starbucks gift card is always a safe bet.
- Personalized stationary was a request from multiple teachers!
- Just in time for happy hour, what about a Yeti tumbler? Think about getting a monogram decal for the glass. A bottle of nice wine wouldn’t hurt either.
- Don’t forget about a Smart in the Kitchen cooking class gift certificate! Email Melissa for a wrapped class gift card delivered to your door (if you live in Houston!). You could split with another family and add a linen apron and a favorite baking dish with a recipe tucked inside. Include a print out of our full schedule of June classes. – Marcia and Melissa
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