Do you have a special set of tableware and associated decorations that only come out for the holidays? Amazon has a bunch of Pfaltzgraff stoneware marked way down. Choose Merriweather for Christmas cheer, or Circle of Kindness for that summer cottage feel.
Tip: Consider buying some plates or platters, now, to give cookies on as teacher gifts. You’ll look like a big spender, and I promise not to tell.