Cheap and Cheerful End-of-Year Gifts for Students

cheap and cheerful student gifts

Written by Bronwyn

As the end of another year rolls around, we’re all busily finalising assessment and reporting on our students’ learning – and perhaps not focusing on gifts for students just yet.

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In a matter of weeks, we’ll be farewelling our classes. For some of us, this will mean handing our kids over to other lucky teachers within our schools. For others, it will mean saying goodbye as they head off to high school next year. No matter where our students are destined, we wish for them to have a safe and happy summer break!

The end of term four is a perfect time to give our students a parting gift; but what can we give that is meaningful, inexpensive and easy to create?

Gifts for Bookworms

gifts for students from teacher student gifts end of year

The long summer break is such a great time for kids to read! A bookmark is a great gift for students who will plough through books over their break (and a gentle reminder to less enthusiastic readers to pick up a book or two!). You can even personalise each bookmark with a handwritten message. Our gorgeous new You Are You bookmark is available to download here now.

These are our top picks of gifts for students from our huge collection of bookmarks:

Christmas-Themed Gifts for Students

Gifts for Students

These Christmas packs are so easy to make, and most of the contents can be bought at your local dollar store. Include some stationery; it’s always a big hit as a student gift. Pop in a couple of decorations and a sweet or savoury treat, and you’ve got a lovely little pressie for each of your students! I re-purposed our Christmas Desk Name Tags to make these cute gift tags.

Early Years Student Gifts: Playdough

Gifts for Students

Little children love playdough! If you’ve got the time or the inclination, you could make each of your students a little bag of playdough. You could even pop one of our great playdough mats together with it. If you’re pressed for time, you can purchase pre-made themed kits or multi-bags of small Play-Doh tubs.

Colouring Kits for Holiday Fun

Gifts for Students

Our Christmas Mindful Colouring in Sheets are a great resource which can be used to create colouring gifts for students. All you’ll need to add is a little packet of pencils or crayons. Either tie the sheets together with twine or pop them into a little gift bag.

Not a Christmassy class? We have a large collection of general colouring pages for you to choose from when compiling your colouring kits.

Primary School Graduation Gift

Gifts for Students

If you’re teaching grade six, and planning to farewell your primary school graduates, here’s a lovely gift full of meaning: our Primary School Graduation Gift.

For each pack, you’ll need to include…

  • Our downloadable Student Gift Tag.
  • A ruler (to keep them on a straight track).
  • A pencil (to help them be life-long learners).
  • A pencil sharpener (to keep their minds sharp).
  • An eraser (to help them repair their mistakes).
  • A rubber band (to help them snap back when life gets them down).
  • A chocolate (to remind them that life is sweet).

Inspiration Posters for Students

Gifts for Students

These beautiful posters are part of our Positivity Resource Collection! I chose to print these ones two-to-a-page and mounted them on black card for effect. A lovely touch would be to handwrite a note on the reverse side. These would make great gifts for students in the upper primary years.

Personalised Pencils

Gifts for Students

Easy Gifts for Students


Use our We Had a Ball gift tag and attach it to a beach ball and permanent marker for each of your students. The idea is that by the end of the school year, they have a beach ball that has been signed by each of the students in their class, and of course their teacher.


You could also attach the gift tag to bouncy balls or juggling balls. A fun gift that students can enjoy during the school holidays.



A cute little play on words! Attach this gorgeous student gift tag on to a pair of cute sunglasses for your students to wear around on the last day of school.

Check out the rest of our printable student gift tags:

No matter which parting gift (if any!) you decide to give your students, remember that the greatest gifts you’ve given them aren’t material.

We hope you have a relaxing and rejuvenating break, with plenty of time to reflect on all of the wonderful work you’ve done with your students in 2019.

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Shandell Gammon

Great blog Bron! 👍❤️

Shandell Gammon · Dec 1st, 2019

Holly (Teach Starter)

Thanks for your lovely comment, Shandell. I have passed them on to Bron. Have a lovely Christmas break.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Dec 11th, 2019


Thank you, so much for the time and effort that all the staff at teacher starter put in to make our work days go smoothly.
Have a happy and relaxing break with family and friends.

Annie · Nov 27th, 2018


Thank you, Anne, for your thoughtful comment. We love hearing amazing feedback like yours. Wishing you and all of our amazing teachers a wonderful, well-earned summer break!

Bronwyn · Nov 28th, 2018

Alison Schubert

Thank you!! Any advice on favoured gifts primary school teachers enjoy receiving from parents at end of year?

Alison Schubert · Nov 25th, 2018


Hey Alison, great question! The teachers here in the office unanimously agree that gifts from the heart are the most treasured. Perhaps a Christmas tree decoration with a message tag attached, or a small token chosen by the student.

Bronwyn · Nov 26th, 2018


These look amazing! Thank you

Emma · Nov 22nd, 2018


You’re most welcome, Emma! Thanks for your positive comment. Have a great week.

Bronwyn · Nov 22nd, 2018

Harriet Preston

Wow i will defintiley be using these for my kids at the end of term

Harriet Preston · Nov 21st, 2018


Hi Harriet! Thanks for your lovely comment. Wishing you and your students a wonderful end to the year.

Bronwyn · Nov 21st, 2018

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