Teacher’s end of year gift

So! It is that time of year when you have to run around like crazy because you put off getting your children’s teachers their end of the school year gift.
Now, before I go any further, I’m all for pooling your money together with the other moms and getting a gift card. I did that last year, but as it turns out I was in charge of the money. I didn’t terribly mind it, but if I was going to have to run errands, I wanted it to be for something I came up with on my own. So this year, I flew solo.
I had an inspiration when I saw something on Pinterest that was a little beach kit that included a magazine, sunscreen, a beach towel and sunglasses. Adorable! We live by the beach so I embraced the idea, but had to take it down a notch, money wise. You figure a new magazine is about 4 to 5 bucks, a beach towel around $10, sunscreen about $9 and sunglasses or flip flops you could probably get at dollar store.
I immediately ditched the idea of the magazine. I love magazines, but once you read it that’s it, to the garbage it goes. (I happen to always give mine to friends, that way it gets used one or two more times) so what I wanted to do instead, was a book. And here’s how I put together “A Day at the Beach” kit:
I decided on used books. Why? Because there’s nothing better than a used book! The history and mystery that comes with it.. So I went on Amazon and searched for specific books that I have read and loved in very good condition. To add an extra touch, a couple of these were a set of book 1 and 2, so I will give them to teachers in the same classroom and that way they can swap! Thanks to Amazon Prime they arrived in a couple of days.
Next I decided what I wanted to pair with the books, and settled for these reusable water bottles because they were affordable and came in a set of 5! I needed to get 1 more because I have 6 teachers to give gifts to.
Then I decided on the Alba Sunscreen which I found at Shop Rite for $6.99 each.
Then some ribbons, and that’s it!!
I am going to present them on Thursday so I am also very curious to find out if they will like it! – I know I would! What did you come up with for a teacher’s gift?