Student Gift Ideas for Busy Teachers

Affordable gifts for students are not always easy for teachers on a budget. Here are some ideas worth considering, if you choose to give your students gifts.

1. Books
Check out sources like Scholastic and buy books of interest in bulk for a great sale! 
Remember to use your reward coupons for a discount.

2. White Boards & Markers
Check out  your local Dollar store. Whiteboards are a great gift idea to support
 printing and writing skills at home!

3. Reindeer Food
Make a batch of reindeer food for your students. It sparks their love of the holidays
and helps make the holiday season a bit more exciting as they anticipate Santa!
Click on the image below for my recipe!

 4. Hats
Hats are awesome to support oral literacy by encouraging dramatic play! 
Change up a 'hat' theme over the years.  by considering fun hats like animals,
community helpers, or even holiday themed hats!

5. Gak
Gak is an awesome homemade recipe, similar to putty, which is excellent for hours of fun. 
It is a great way to support fine motor skills in children of all ages! 
Find a recipe by clicking on the image below!

6. Personalized Clocks
Take photos of your students throughout the school year. Buy a cheap wall clock from your 
local Dollar store and replace the numbers with small printed images of each child OR place the photos beside each number.

7. Bells
Every other year we have Polar Express theme in our classroom. As a gift, Santa brings a bell with ribbon tied to it as a gift for each of the children. It is quite beautiful to see them full of wonder and walk around carrying their "treasured gift" from Santa.

8. Play Dough
I don't know about your class, but our play dough centre is always one of the busiest 
centres in our classroom. Having a "gift" of several bunches of different colors would 
be most of my students best dream come true!

9. Individualized Bookmarks
If I have a large number of students I have made individualized bookmarks for each of my students with a favorite quote, usually about reading. Many students end up using it throughout the year, especially in the older grades for their self-selected reading in class.

I hope that you can find an idea to make your gift giving easier this year!
I would love to hear about other ideas you give to your students!

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