Last year when I started the blog, one of my blogging friends gave me the great idea to write a post on teacher gift ideas. It was actually a popular post, but man….when I look back to that post it gives me the shivers. I have come so far in one year! This year I thought it would be fun to do a spin off of last years gift list and focus this years list on student gift ideas.
I’m not one to want to spend a lot of money on student gifts (or my classroom for that matter). Not because I am mean or selfish…I mean…kind of. I have a budget and I do my best to stick to it. In years past when I didn’t have a line item for school items in my budget I would go crazy.
Now I am more of the mindset of giving my kids experiences or items that have a purpose. I am past the cute baggies of pencils, candy, and erasers. Maybe I am wrong, but I don’t think many kids really are that grateful for those things and I don’t want to waste my money (OR TIME!) putting those things together!
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Okay…I think I got on my soapbox a little up there. Sorry y’all….
Anyways, this week I have compiled a list of ten things you can give or buy your students (cheaply) for Christmas gifts!
Student Gift Ideas
1.Scholastic Books- This is a super easy gift to give, especially if you have credits in your account! I have been able to gift my entire class a book using my points. HELLO FREEEEEE!
3. Homemade Ornament– Making Christmas ornaments serves as a double whammy…it takes up some time with your kids during those last couple of days before break and it serves as a gift to them (and their parents!)
4. Mini Notebooks for writing– I have wanted to give little notebooks like these to my kids the last couple of years at the beginning of the school year for a writing tool. But I never have. This would be a perfect gift to give your students on the day before break as a way to write little notes about all that they do while they aren’t at school. Then, they can bring them back to use in writing projects for the Spring!
5. Reusable Water Bottles– This is a pricier option for sure. But it is a great “gift” that can be used at school to help keep your kiddos hydrated.
6. Twelve Days of Christmas Countdown Activities- This isn’t as much of a gift as it is a couple week long celebration. You could always pose it to your kids as a “mini gift” you are giving them each day until you leave for Christmas break!
You can do simple things like lunch in the classroom, ten minutes extra recess, watch a Peanuts video, etc.
7. Random Acts of Kindness Challenge– One of the most important things we can “give” our kids is the lesson of giving over receiving. This RAK challenge allows you and your kids to work together to do little kind things over the course of the holiday season.
8. Play Dough– I think this would be a really fun way to incorporate a STEAM project in class on the last day before break and then “SURPRISE!!! You get to take the play dough home!”
These last two are “class gifts” and this is one I am considering very seriously for this year!
9. Class set of flashlights– “Flashlight Reading Friday” is a super simple way to include novelty and excitement in your day. I am thinking about buying a class set of flashlights to “give” my students. They don’t get to take them home or anything, but it is a fun gift we get to use the rest of the year in our classroom.
*updated to add that I DID give my students this for Christmas last year and IT.WAS.A.HIT! My kids LOVED Flashlight Friday. And it was a super easy “gift” that I could “give” them. Best part? Hang on to them for next years Christmas gift…They’ll never know the difference!
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Teacher Gift Ideas
And of course, I had to throw in a few more teacher gift ideas. You can read the list from last year, but here are a few new things to add to that list!
1.Night Tree by Eve Bunting– I love, love, LOVE this book! It is such a sweet book and I think any teacher would enjoy it!
2. Lavish Leather Earrings– These are all the rage in our school district right now! I know your child’s teacher would LOVE a pair of these! (And they are reasonably priced.)
3. Redeeming Beauty Minerals– I met this lady a couple years ago at a conference. She makes mineral make up and it is gorgeous! A pretty eye shadow color or gift certificate to her website would be something any teacher would love!!!!
4. Mercy Candle Co– I am OBSESSED with these candles. Join their email list because they do a lot of flash sales and their candles smell DELICIOUS! Plus, they give a portion of the proceeds to various charities.
5. Cute Tee- I am a huge fan of Milk and Honey Tees– they make super soft and super cute shirts. I think I want to contact them about making a teacher shirt! 😀
We are only a few days out from leaving our sweet babies for the holiday season. Giving a gift really is not necessary. I firmly believe that the kids don’t care whether you give them a gift or not. They just want to know that they are loved and cared for. So take these ideas, make them your own. Give your babies Jesus’ LOVE this Christmas season.
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Until next time,