I can honestly say that as a first grade teacher, ten years and counting, my favorite holiday gift is a thank you card. There is nothing better than a parent taking the time to sit and write a card or letter expressing how much they appreciate my efforts. I keep them in a "smile file" and pull them out on those rough teacher days! If a gift card to a store or coffee shop happens to accompany that card-that is great, too! I love gift cards, even $5.00 ones! I especially love when they are NOT to a teacher store! That way I can buy myself a little something and not feel guilty about it! Happy Holidays!
Other faves: offer to bring me lunch in January-that is a crazy month! books for the class! an IOU for a cup of coffee delivery!
Not so fun: anything that smells.....candles, lotion, perfume, etc. Scents are personal and you just never know!