Christmas is the time of giving and each year many teachers thank their students with a Christmas gift. Thinking of gift ideas for students may be a daunting task. Price and purpose are the two variables many teachers struggle with.
Teachers may have a great gift idea for their students, but once you multiply it by 30, the cost is too high – or the teacher finds gifts that are priced right but have no value for their students. Often teachers want to give students a gift to say thank you and to excite their young students about learning.
Gift giving ideas for primary and junior students are quite varied. Young students are thankful for a box of crayons and a colouring book, but junior students will be disappointed because it is too juvenile. It is more difficult to find a Christmas gift for junior students but it is possible.
Student Gift Ideas
Staples: Browse through the sale items at the store. Often they have 50-75% off products that were popular in September. Always look for products that are in multiples, such as erasable pens, notebooks, or erasers. As well, buy the smaller sized pens and pencils, as they are usually less expensive. Buy a selection of school supplies and create small loot bags with the materials.
Bundle 3-4 erasable crayons with a small notebook or a Christmas Activity Book. Place the materials in a brown paper bag and staple close, glue a ribbon on the front of the bag with their name.
Give each student a magnetic organizer that will stick to the side of their desk. Place an eraser, pencil, a few crayons and a candy cane inside the organizer.
Create a colouring book for the students and have it bound at school or Staples and include a few crayons and a special treat such as a candy cane.
Create a calendar that includes information about your students. Place a birthday cake on each child’s birthday and other important information such as holidays, and unique observances. Students will be excited to see themselves in print and it will aid them in learning about their classmates and how to use a calendar.
The picture on the calendar can be a puzzle that students can solve or a picture they can colour in. Have students keep the calendar at home or in the school. Office publisher is a great beginning to make a calendar. As well, the photo software such as Roxio is a great resource for creating personalized calendar.
Give an erasable pen with a notebook or a book of crosswords or jumbles. Create your own jumbles or crosswords related to your class curriculum’s, photocopy and bound. Crossword puzzle games is a good free resource for quickly and easily creating a puzzle.
Give each student a magnetic organizer that will stick to the side of his or her desk. Place an eraser, pen, a highlighter and a candy cane inside the organizer.
Make a joke book and include this with a how to on creating your own jokes, pad of paper and an erasable pen.
Create a calendar that includes information about your students. As above, place a birthday cake on each child’s birthday and other important information such as holidays, and unique observances. Junior students will also be excited to see themselves in print and it will aid them in learning about their classmates.
Calendars can include favourite sayings, jokes, inspirational phrases, and photographs of the students. Be sure to include all the students or make a calendar collage to ensure all students are a part of the calendar.