Since this is my son's first year in pre-school this is also my first teacher appreciation gift. Most of what is seen was $1 (the notepad from Michaels, the hand anti-bac from Bath & Body). The apple scrubbie is from a free pattern on the Lion Brand yarn site. I already had the yarn, the tin can was full of mandarin oranges we enjoyed on our salad that evening. I did buy the jolly ranchers but the project didn't require the whole bag.
I'm sure many of you have kids with multiple teachers so keeping the cost down and the easy factor up is key!