Working the 5 am shift at Michaels has its perks; an employee discount... and the inspiration that strikes while unpacking and stocking all of our favorite crafting things in the quiet wee hours of the morning before the doors open. I discovered an 18 piece metallic cookie cutter set among our Christmas baking essentials as I set our displays, it's about $7.99 but sales like today's and coupons can cut even that price considerably. I remembered a baking tip from Pinterest, noting you can bake brownies directly in metal cutters to make them keep a clean shape...
18 piece metal cookie cutter set
misc. icing/ candies for decorating
cellophane baggies and ribbon/ bows
...if you bake a brownie and then decorate it in each cutter, and simply wrap them individually in cellophane with a ribbon or bow - the result is 18 gifts of a treat and Christmas cookie cutter for under $1 each! Include a personal note expressing your appreciation and oh my goodness, budget friendly gifts for teachers, coworkers, etc. (you could even pick up decorative saucers or salad plates from goodwill to give each one something to sit against, if you wanted to give it a little something extra)