Shhhh, please don't tell them, but I think I've found the gift for my son's many wonderful teachers this year: customized tote bags from Inspirations Embroidery on Main Street.
Lynn Murphy, owner of Inspirations, has a number of items on hand for you to pick from, but you can also bring items to her. If it's fabric, she can embroider it, which opens up a wealth of possibilities when it comes to holiday gifts.
The totes are the traditional rectangle shape (think L.L. Bean only softer and washable) or you could do the small duffle bags as totes. But then, what about your neices and nephews – personalized towels of course! Or hoodies with a favorite object (golf club, coffee cup, gardener's trowel, etc.) or name.
The possibilities are endless. Knit caps ... baseball caps ... t-shirts ... hot pads ... hand towels ... napkins ... aprons ...
The price for a personalized pullover hoodie runs about $28, for a tote about the same. T-shirts cost $15 to $20. And, said Murphy, there's same-day service.
Holiday Spotlight is running most days until Dec. 24. If you have something special on offer for the holidays, let me know. Send me a photo and a brief description: firstname.lastname@example.org.