The holidays can be expensive, but you can still give your students some amazing holiday gifts even if you're on a tight budget. Instead of cheap trinkets that end up in the trash, check out these ideas for your students that are actually useful.
Inexpensive Holiday Presents to Give Your Students
Each gift is was selected with the goal cost of $1.00 or less per student. Let's face it. The cost of presents for 30+ students adds up fast.
Check out my count down for the top five cheap gifts for students this holiday season.
Of course, the first thought is who wants gloves. However, when you really stop to think about it there are so many students who come unprepared for the winter weather.
Even in Texas, I see kiddos at recess freezing cold (its all relative) that could use a pair of gloves.
Inexpensive, stretchy gloves can make a great student gift and can be found at your local dollar store or at the Target Dollar Spot each and every winter.
Add a cute gift tag and a candy cane, and you are good to go!
4. Simple Card Games
Winter break is often a time when families are able to spend some time together. Pick up cheap card games (or your own math games) to create a gift that the whole family can enjoy and can help prevent the holiday slide.
This pair of two simple card games was less than a dollar at Walmart. You can even split the pack to make two gifts.
Add a candy cane, tag, and a ribbon to each to stretch your dollar even further.
3. Holiday Cookies
This one is for all the bakers out there (oh, how I wish I were like you!!). With two quick batches of cookies you've got your class covered.
A quick tip for those of you non-bakers (aka ME!), the yummy cookies pictured below are pumpkin cream cheese chip and were only $4 for 24 cookies at Target.
Place two cookies in a snack size ziplock bag, and they make the perfect snack-sized gift for the last day of school before break starts.
Cookie Making Alternative for Hands-on Learning Fun
Looking to make it a little more interactive?
Bring in sugar cookies and set up a decorate your own cookie station for the last 30 minutes before your students start winter
Bring snack bags and tags, and let the kiddos enjoy frosting and sprinkling to their heart's content.
2. Snow Dough
Have a few minutes and a bottle of conditioner on your hands? Then you can make SNOW DOUGH!!
Add cornstarch (and glitter if you are extra fun) to make “Snow Dough”. The consistency is somewhere between playdough and Oobleck. Create a bag of 2-3 “snowballs” for each student.
These are a great sensory tool and kids love to create their own sculptures. Be sure to choose a smell you like for your conditioner. The scent stays around for a LONG time!
1. Hot Cocoa Kits
There is nothing more comforting on a cold winter day than a warm cup of hot chocolate.
I love doing fancy hot cocoa packs for my students., like the one you see in the picture below. Of course, this does cost a little extra, but you can always use a more basic cocoa packet to reduce the cost.
Just assemble the gift by putting a packet of cocoa into the bag with a few marshmallows. If you want to get fancy, you can even grab the fun holiday marshmallows they have now. The stores near me carry Christmas tree and snowman shapes.
And a candy cane or two as a stir stick to make a sweet treat that your students can enjoy on a chilly day.
How to Get Free Student Gift Tags for Holiday Gifts
There you have it! Five super simple, easy-to-assemble holiday gifts for your students.
I've made these super easy, ready-to-print FREE holiday gift tags to make the process even easier. There are several styles to choose from. They are sized for the top of a snack-sized Ziploc bag.
Just click the image below to grab your freebie today!