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.
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
The lengthy summer break is such a great time for kids to read! A book mark is a great gift for students who will plow 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 book mark with a handwritten message. Our gorgeous new affirmation bookmark is available as a free download.
These are our top picks of gifts for students from our huge collection of bookmarks:
Christmas-Themed 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
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
Our Christmas Mindful Colouring in Sheets are a great free 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
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
These beautiful posters are part of our Positivity Resource Collection and are free for you to download! I chose to print these ones two-to-a-page and mounted them on black card for effect. A lovely touch would be to hand write a note on the reverse side. These would make great gifts for students in the upper primary years.
Crafty Gifts for Students
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Need an idea for "end of the year" gifts? Give your kids a personalized dry erase board using 8×10 frames from the Dollar Tree! These are a few of mine from last year. I make the backgrounds using PowerPoint and totally customize them to their interests and hobbies! I also give them neon sunglasses so we can all hide our last day tears!…including myself! (Link to the ones I buy in my profile) #studentgifts #endoftheyeariscoming #teachersfollowteachers
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So kids ✏️ were all missing erasers and realized it’s time for fresh ones. Saw this on Instagram a while back (thanks to the #instateacher who thought of this) I’m absent tomorrow so I included these little love notes with my plans. Yes it took a lot of time ….. but I know my kids and they will love and appreciate it. And I hope it will prevent them from losing their pencils. #worthit
Easy Gifts for Students
If you’re running short on time but still want to give your students a little gift, you can purchase kits like these from Squirrel Packs. They come in class sets and you can choose a kit that suits your year level, students’ interests and your budget.
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.