I used to spend ample amounts of time researching cute gift basket ideas for the teachers and have done a movie gift basket with popcorn, candy and a movie gift certificate and a summer gift basket using a sand pail, sunscreen, snacks, and a book store gift certificate.
As you can see most of my ideas involve gift certificates. I figure teachers appreciate something they can choose themselves but always tried to find a unique way to present it. The problem was, I was spending so much money on the filler gifts that I wasn't able to spend much on the actual gift certificate.
So this is what I decided to do for our five teachers this year - a gift certificate from our local Chamber of Commerce. The great thing about this gift certificate is that they can choose to shop from a list of local stores and restaurants including a local book store, pet store, Wal-Mart, nail salon, etc. So basically they can buy whatever they want with it and it is supporting our local commerce here in Lexington.
As you can see, I didn't do anything "cutesy" to present them, so that I could spend more money on each individual gift certificate. I did however buy a pack of cute scrapbooking paper to wrap them up in instead of just presenting a plain envelope.
Then I wrote a message to each teacher and had each child draw or write something special for their teachers.