by | Dec 12, 2022 | Holidays | 0 comments

Looking for budget-friendly and simple gift ideas for your students this holiday season?

Look no further! The holidays can be a busy and expensive time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show your students how much you care. In this blog post, I share gift ideas that won’t break the bank and are easy to put together, so you can keep your sanity intact during the holiday rush.

Check out my suggestions for affordable and thoughtful gifts for your students.

10 Easy & Inexpensive Student Gift Ideas

The Classic Santa Hat With A Twist

Try the classic Santa hat with a twist! All you need is a dollar store and some glitter puff paint to create a personalized gift that your students will love. Simply buy each student a Santa hat and write their name on it with the puff paint. Not only will your students be excited to receive a gift with their name on it, but you’ll also love the fact that no one can say they lost their present. Plus, these hats make for a great class photo. Try this simple and budget-friendly gift idea for your students this holiday season.

Words Of Encouragement 

Looking for a thoughtful and personal gift for your students? Try creating a collage or letter with words of encouragement from their classmates. After Thanksgiving break, have each of your students write something they like about their classmates. Then, compile their words into a collage or letter and print it out for your students to enjoy. They will love seeing the kind words their classmates have to say about them, and you can even include a note from yourself as an extra bonus. This simple and thoughtful gift idea is sure to be a hit with your students.


Treat Tags – The Options Are ENDLESS

With treat tags, you can choose the tags you want to print and buy the treats that match. This allows you to create personalized gifts for your students without spending a lot of time or money.

Some treat tags are for food treats, like bananas, grapes, raisins, and goldfish, while others are for non-food items like pencils, water bottles, and more.

Click on the photo for more information and to pick up your copy of treat tags now. Try making treat tags for your students this holiday season.

Classroom Coupons

Consider giving them classroom coupons. Here are some sample ideas for classroom coupons:

  • Sit next to a friend
  • First in line
  • 10 minutes of free time
  • First choice of centers
  • 5 or 10 points on an assessment
  • No homework for a day
  • Wear a hat in class
  • Choose the class activity
  • Bring a stuffed animal to class
  • Show and tell with a favorite item

You can customize the coupons to fit your classroom and your students’ interests. The key is to make them fun and rewarding, so your students will feel like they are “getting away” with something special. This gift idea is sure to be a hit with your students and won’t break your budget.

Personalized Calm-Down Jars

Calm-down jars are easy to make and can be customized with your students’ names. All you need is water, glitter, glue, and small jars for each student. Simply fill the jars with water and glitter, add some glue to make the glitter settle, and write each student’s name on the lid. Your students will love having their own calming jar to use in times of stress, and you’ll love the fact that this gift is easy to make and budget-friendly. 

The Gift Of A Story

Try buying them books from the dollar store and making them extra special with personalized wrapping and tags. Your students will love receiving a new book to add to their collection, and you’ll love the fact that this gift is budget-friendly and easy to put together. Simply visit your local dollar store and pick out some books that you think your students will enjoy. Then, wrap them up and add tags with each student’s name. This gift idea is sure to be a hit with your students and won’t break the bank.

And A Bookmark To Go With It

How about a personalized bookmark? Bookmarks can be easily purchased in bulk on sites like Amazon, or you can make them yourself with some scrapbook paper and a laminator. If you’re going the DIY route, take the time to write each student’s name on their bookmark before laminating it. This personal touch will be appreciated by your students and will add an extra special touch to their gift. 


Snowman Soup – A Classic For A Reason

Most students enjoy hot chocolate, so sending them home with a bag of snowman soup is sure to be a hit. There are different versions available online, but the easiest way to make it is with hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, and candy canes. Simply mix these ingredients together in a Ziploc bag and label it as snowman soup. Your students will love making themselves a warm cup of cocoa, and you’ll love the fact that this gift is easy to make and budget-friendly. 

Lego Brick Crayons

By the time a few months have passed, most students’ crayons have lost their sharp points and are only usable as tiny stubs. Instead of throwing them away, make them into new crayons by melting them in a lego brick mold. Your students will love using their new “fun” crayons, and you’ll love the fact that you don’t have to deal with little pieces anymore. This gift idea is simple and budget-friendly, and it’s sure to be a hit with your students. Try melting broken crayons into new shapes for your students this holiday season.

A Personalized Ornament

Buy a pack of ball ornaments and writing their names on them with a gold or silver sharpie. This simple gesture will be greatly appreciated by your students, and it won’t take much time or effort on your part. Simply go to the nearest store and buy a pack of ball ornaments. Then, use the sharpie to write each student’s name and a message like “Love, Ms./Mrs. —-” on the ornament. Your students will love how personal this gift is, and you’ll love how easy it is to put together. 

When it comes to choosing gifts for your students this holiday season, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to make them perfect.

Your students just want to feel loved and appreciated, and any gift that shows them that will be a hit. So, don’t stress too much about finding the perfect gift.

Instead, focus on choosing something that shows your students how much you care about them. Whether it’s a personalized ornament or a simple bag of snowman soup, your students will be thrilled to receive a gift from you.

What are you giving your students this year? I’d love to hear

Over twenty plus years, my educational career has spanned four continents and two states, as well as eight grade levels!

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