I don't usually buy for the PE and Music teachers. Is that bad? And I get the playground paras fudge and cookies.
We don't have a babysitter to buy for....
For the classroom teachers my go-to gift is the black diamond gloves from The Base Camp. They go on big sale ($12) in early December. That and some sweets. Done. They can keep them or regift or return as needed. But I have to branch out a bit this year.... same grade K teacher for the second kid. Sigh.
Daycare is also pretty easy. They love Jade Garden so we get a nice-sized gift certificate and some other little thing. They don't really celebrate Christmas so we keep it low key but high dollar.
My work people are a pain. We may finally elect to not do an exchange this year. (Well... a girl can hope.) But if we do I'm going mini-jars of lentils and a really fabulous lentil recipe. Why? Because I have a 25 pound bag of organic lentils in my garage. And, also, one of my co-workers doesn't do sugar or booze.... so the creative gift creation is a little limited with her.
If I have to do a white elephant gift I'm doing this. But with Guinness. And possibly attaching the fabulous Guinness-Beef recipe.