- May 4, 2018 at 5:50 PM #47986
At the end of the school year, I like to give each of my students a small gift. Do you have any suggestions for worthwhile gifts that cost only a few dollars? I could go and buy some candy or little trinkets, but is there something that would be more valuable to my students?
- May 5, 2018 at 10:52 AM #47988
I completely understand the question! Since I love to read and deliberately look for ways to encourage that love in my students, I like to give books. I had hoped to give Rascal this year since we read Little Rascal (the shorter, but original version of Rascal), in reading class, but the price is higher than I expected. I aim to stay under $5.00 although it doesn’t always work that way. Pollyanna is under $4.00 and I will likely give that one to the girls, but am still looking for an excellent read for boys under $5.00.
Other years I gave each student one of the mini photo albums you can buy for $1.00 along with a number of photos from the year and then let them arrange their own album.
- May 5, 2018 at 10:06 PM #48006
Recently I found a compass/whistle on Amazon for under $5. My boys were thrilled. Some hammers and screwdrivers at Wal-Mart cost less than five.
- May 7, 2018 at 9:30 PM #48018
In our local area we have several sources for reduced priced books-often they were overstocks or slightly imperfects. It is a hit and miss as to titles but I like to keep my eyes open there for books that would work.
Some teachers in middle grades have done a class photo in a mat that students can sign as a class remembrance.
One teacher kept her eye open in thrift stores and discount stores (T.J Max, Ross, etc.) for mugs.
Sometimes you can get music CD sets from Christian Book Distributors that can be broken up and are a pretty good value. Twin Sisters Products are one brand that we’ve used in Kids Clubs as a gift. Make sure you know what you are getting though. Sometimes things like this are junk, too.
One year I gave markers and a tablet with blank sheets of paper to my artistic class of first graders. Water colors could fit this category also.
Oriental Traders has a lot of items that don’t break the bank–if you watch carefully.
I have traditionally done a printed “scrapbook” of pictures I’ve taken through the year for my first graders. I watch for sales but even then this can get a little pricey. I don’t get it put together until school is out so I am pretty cheap at the end of school and for other occasions. Sometimes for the end of the year good-by gift, I divide out the candy I have left in my stash and maybe add a few stickers.
- May 19, 2018 at 8:00 PM #48356
Most students of all ages seem to appreciate nice pens. Older boys tend to like the stainless steel Zebra pens, which can be bought in large quantities like this and this. For smooth writing, Uniball Jetstream pens are really nice. I’ve noticed that many girls like having pens with unusual ink colors.
My school-age children (ages 7 and 9) have received water bottles and plastic travel mugs, and were very happy to get them. They are used regularly.
- May 24, 2018 at 9:42 AM #48423
When I gift books to my students I like to explore Ebay and abebook.com. I usually do not end up with new books, but the availability of old out of print books for very cheap is exciting. Often books are bought and shipped for around $4.
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