Post # 1
Hi there fellow educator bees,
Are any of you getting your students a little something for the holiday season? Our last day of school (before the holiday vacation) is this coming Friday, and I wanted to send my kiddos off with a small parting gift.
I was thinking of getting a bunch of mini stockings, puff painting their names on the top and filling them with some fun, small stuff. I’ve got 32 5th graders, so I need to come up with things that are “hip” and age-appropriate that won’t cost a pretty penny. Unfortunately, candy isn’t allowed at school, so that’s out. All I can come up with are those Japanese pull-apart puzzle erasers that come in cool shapes like hamburgers and ice cream cones (I’m secretly obsessed with those little things, haha).
Any other ideas?
Post # 3
First of all, do all of the kids in your class celebrate Christmas? Not all the ones in my class does so we aren’t allowed to do stockings. As for something to fill them with, Silly Bands (even though I despise them) are inexpensive and popular at the moment.
Post # 4
When I was in the classroom I used to get my kiddos ornaments. It was super cheap and they loved it lol. I would make some of them into necklaces and let them wear it if they wanted. Kids are super easy to please, especially that young so don’t stress or feel like you have to spend a lot of money if you dont want to. Oh and every year for our “winter party” I used to make or buy them big ginger bread men. Then I would buy tons of stuff they could use to decorate the men like icing, gum drops, m and m’s, you get the picture. You would have thought they died and went to heaven. It was a fail proof party. In addition to the snacks, punch, and decorating, my kids stayed occupied the entire party and had so much fun,
Post # 5
They just love those silly bandz! Weird kids! I had one student give me one for my soon-to-be born daughter in utero ‘to start off her collection’. 🙂
Anyway, one suggestion– for next year—is to use your points from book orders (Scholastic) and order them ‘free’ books. They enjoy that. This year I’m giving snowman pencils and that’s it. What a scrooge I am! We had a huge “Winter Brunch” (we have some who don’t celebrate) on Friday where we planned a breakfast menu and watched a movie of the book they just finished reading.
Every year, I rack my brain on this question at the last minute…I don’t know why I don’t just get them the same thing. * I teach 4th grade!*
BTW–I like the stocking idea. One teacher did this and got them sparkly glue pens so the kids could decorate them. Came out messy but the kids loved it!
Post # 6
I have 120 ninth graders, so all I can unfortunately afford is to buy big bags of candy and let them take their pick! I wish I could do something more personal, but it’s not exactly feasible.
I had a part-time gig last year where I had about 45 students, and I made cute little bookmarks with a holiday poem and gave them to the kids along with candy. I’m an English teacher, so that made the bookmarks especially relevant.
You could easily give them “holiday” gifts that aren’t specifically Christmas-related so as not to leave any of your students out who may not celebrate Christmas. Check craft stores like A.C. Moore or Michaels; they often have cute little things for under $1 that you could hand out! I went there the other day and they had cool erasers, pencils, notepads, etc. in bulk packs that were only two dollars. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 7
I’m a physical education teacher at 4 different schools, so unfornatly I can not afford to get something for all my kids because I prob have somewhere around 300 students. The silly bands would be a great idea though, or like pencils.
Post # 8
Hi! I teach 4th grade. I’m making a gift bag for my students (though I do like the stocking idea! I may have to borrow that :-)). Here’s what I’m putting into it:
– a Candy Cane pen (the ink smells like peppermint–these are one of my favorite things! I got these at Walgreens, 3/$1)
– a Candy Cane
– a Holiday puzzles book (I used my Scholastic bonus points on this)
– a No Homework coupon
It cost me around $0.50/student overall! It works really well! We’re not allowed to bring in home-baked goods for the kids (county health law), so that is kind of a bummer. Have you found stockings somewhere that were fairly inexpensive?
Post # 9
@keepsmiling19: oooh, i think I will bake for my students this year! (We don’t have that law so might as well appreciate it.) And a candy cane too. If I wasn’t going on maternity, I’d throw in the bathroom pass.
Just opened my student’s holiday goodie bag (yes, she included a Christmas Silly Band among other favorites) and she put me to shame so I better do a little something more than a pencil, even if I’m 9 months pregnant!! 🙂
Post # 10
With well over 100 students, I can’t afford to give them gifts! However, I do give gifts to my student workers and lab assistants.
Post # 11
I teach 2nd grade and we usually have a small winter party. In addition, I usually give them a small cellophane bag with a piece of candy or two, a wintery pencil, and a wintery bookmark. Some years I’ve ordered the little craft things (like gingerbread houses) from oriental trading and we do them in class. I don’t know about 5th graders, but silly bands and cool erasers sound like good ideas.
Post # 12
Maybe if I didn’t have 160 students… : )
I think little stockings would be super cute! I vote for a Christmasy pencil – you need something that will stick out of the stocking and then the erasers you mentioned. I haven’t seen them but they sound fun!
Post # 13
I favorited this thread so I can have lots of ideas for the future. 🙂 When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts and end of the year gifting, let’s do this again.