Whether your kid is a saint or the class clown, one thing’s certain: his teacher deserves some serious props. With Teacher Appreciation Week approaching May 7 – 13, 2017, we’ve found 5 local foodie-inspired, mouthwatering gifts with the hope that the way to an educator’s heart is through their stomach. Read on to see where to score some A+ offerings from coffee and chocolates to pasta and jams.

Photo: Baker & Olive

Baker & Olive
A self-styled “tasting pantry,” Baker and Olive sells everything from infused olive oils to raw honey and balsamic vinegar. You’ll also find an array of cheese and meat as well as salt, mustard and kitchenwares. Why not show your sweet side with a jar of blueberry honey?

Extra credit: Talk to a salesperson about the best food and tea pairings for the honey you buy to include on your teacher’s gift note.

Multiple locations around San Diego including:

12925 El Camino Real
San Diego, Ca 92130
Online: bakerandolive.com

Photo: Eclipse Chocolate via Instagram

Eclipse Chocolate
This artisan chocolate shop was started by chef William Gustwiller who actually studied sculpture in college! Their cacao is sourced from Guittard Chocolate in San Francisco and certified fair trade. You’ll find traditional bars as well as unique treats like Salted Caramel Matzo, vegan truffles and Smoked Almond Toffee.

Extra credit: Show your creative side with Eclipse’s Build-a-Bar where you can create a customized chocolate bar and include ingredients such as cranberries, lavender sea salt or crushed coffee beans. Or, get your kid’s teacher a gift certificate so he/she can attend a Build-a-Bar event to create their own chocolate bars.

2145 Fern St.
San Diego, Ca 92104
Online: eclipsechocolate.com

Photo: Lofty Coffee

Lofty Coffee
If anyone needs a caffeine boost to make it through the day, it’s a teacher. They deserve their strong cup of Joe to come from sustainable, superior beans purchased at a local coffee roaster. Lofty Coffee offers a variety of beans from Africa and Central America, including organic options. Keep your teachers buzzing with a bag of Ethiopia Konga or Keeping It Classy Espresso.

Extra credit: Pick up a hydro flask, which keeps coffee hot for up to 6 hours.

97 North Coast Hwy. 101
Encinitas, Ca 92024

132 S Cedros Ave.
Solana Beach, Ca 92075

444 W Cedar St.
San Diego, Ca 92101
Online: loftycoffee.com

Photo: Jackie’s Jams

Jackie’s Jams
This local El Cajon jam shop makes batches of delicious spreads by hand from locally sourced fruit. Options run the gamut from sweet (apricoty jam or mango raspberry) to spicy (mango habanero and zippy jalapeno). There’s a perfect jam for every palate.

Extra credit: Pick up something extra special from the Baron Family Reserve line such as Truffle Fig or Plum Lavender.

Jackie’s Jams
Hillcrest Farmers Market
Online: jackiesjams.com

Photo: Brooke Lark via Unsplash

Mona Lisa Italian Foods
If your teacher prefers savory to sweet, why not visit Mona Lisa Italian Foods in Little Italy? The restaurant and deli also has a marketplace packed with Mediterranean delights, including Italian cookies, balsamic vinegar, fresh pasta and a variety of pasta sauces. Tricolore farfalle? Now that’s using your noodle!

Extra credit: Pick up a jar of authentic, original Nutella manufactured in Italy, its country of origin, to add a sweet touch to your gift.

2061 India St.
San Diego, Ca 92101
Online: monalisalittleitaly.com

What’s your favorite way to show your kid’s teachers your appreciation? Share in the comments.

—Michelle Franklin