Imagine this scenario.
You’re pulling up the calendar on your phone and you suddenly realize winter break is only a week away and you don’t have any holiday gifts for your students.
Immediately you feel your heart rate increase as you try to decide what to do.
Of course, you know there is no rule that says you have to have a holiday gift for your students.
In fact, many teachers in your school choose not to and you don’t judge them at all!
But, you want to. You’re just short on time and you don’t have any ideas.
Or a lot of extra money for that matter.
This situation happens ALL the time! So I asked the teachers in my Facebook group what they like to gift their students and I have compiled all of their ideas together!
This first suggestion was definitely a teacher favorite.
If you have time to order and wait for shipping, check out these personalized pencils. You can get a 3 pack for 99 cents!
Your students will love getting pencils with their names on them!
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Other inexpensive and easy ideas for holiday gifts for your students:
- Stockings from the Dollar Store
- Coloring Books from Dollar Tree
- Holiday pencils and erasers
- Fuzzy socks or holiday socks
- Water bottles
- Toy Cars
- Play-Doh (Check out this mega multipack!)
- Yo-Yos like this multipack
- Holiday candy or treats
- Bouncy balls (You can get a huge pack here!)
- Mini flashlights like these
- Candy canes
- Winter erasers from the Target dollar section
- White boards and markers
- Ear buds
- Ornaments or bells (ties in with Polar Express lessons)
- Ornaments you make in class as a class craft (so many inexpensive or free ideas on Pinterest)
- Mini journals like these and a gel pen to write with
- Blankets from 5 Below
- Small board games (You can sometimes find inexpensive multipacks of board games)
- A holiday card to open on January 1st wishing them a Happy New Year
Mrs. Bacon shared this idea: I bought a bulk package of kid sized gloves. Inside each bag is a pair of gloves, a packet of hot chocolate, and a candy cane sticking out.
Other ideas that can help save money:
- Ask friends and family if they would like to adopt a student. You can make a list of books or simple toys and share that wishlist with each person.
- Make an Amazon wishlist of items for your class. Share the wishlist with your friends and family and see if any of them would like to help fund the class gifts!
- Make homemade personalized bookmarks out of cardstock for your students.
- Make class coupons. (No homework, wear a hat, bring a show & tell item, bring your favorite game for indoor recess, etc…)
Hope these ideas can help! What do you like to gift your students? Share with us in the comment section below!
While you’ve got winter on the brain…Check out our Winter Read Aloud suggestions and no-prep activities to go with them!