This year I decided to give them covered notebooks. I used regular old composition books ($1 each) and jazzed them up a bit. I used this tutorial to get me started. After making a trial one, I decided against making a pocket for the back flap. (What can you really stick in there anyway?)
I wanted to decorate the front more, but with being sick, I was lucky to make ten of these things without dying. (Yes, I realize three are missing, but those were gifted to Spenser's preschool teachers earlier in the week.)
The children also gave their teachers a nice, plump, and very fragrant lavender plant. I figure the total cost of each gift was around $5.
(Maureen, the school nurse, also received a gift. She does so much for my boys, as you can see by their "trips to the school nurse.")