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December 10, 2017

Student Holiday Gifts (At Almost No Cost to You!)

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

I know that my students do not get many gifts at Christmas (or even on their birthdays). Therefore, I want to give each of them something special. The only problem is there are usually 20-24 gifts that I need to get. My budget is not that accommodating, and I am guessing that you might be in the same boat as me! Therefore, I have included my favorite gifts that cost little to nothing for you!

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Holiday Crayons

I love to make crayons for my students for each holiday. Once you buy the molds, there is no more cost to you! Here's how:

1. Collect crayons throughout the school year. I have a space for broken crayons. (Side Note: Having a spot for broken crayons keeps students from wanting to throw them!)
2. Take these broken crayons and put them into candy/soap molds. Make sure the molds are filled completely. They will melt down into the molds.
3. Bake the crayons in a 250 degree oven for 20 minutes until the crayons are completely melted. 
4. Let the crayons sit for at least 2 hours or until completely cooled.

*Tip - Make sure to group like colored crayons together. I have tried to get fancy, and the crayons have looked like poop!

Holiday Candy/Soap Containers

Scholastic Books

I LOVE Scholastic! I stock up on their books throughout the school year (using bonus points, dollar books, and freebies). Some people like to give students the same book.. I used to do this but have gotten away from this. Now I keep a bin of books and let my students choose the one they want. I know that each child will find a book they are really interested in reading! 

*Personalize the books with a special bookmark!  Click the pic to see my new Editable Bookmarks.

Editable Holiday Bookmarks
Dollar Store Bulk Items

Finally, I like to make goody bags for my students. I get pencils, erasers, and pencil sharpeners from the dollar store. I add a homework coupon and a homemade crayon (or two) to a bag (also from the dollar store). 

Alternative: I know some people like to buy water bottles and clipboards (like the ones below) to personalize using a Cricut or similar product. While I have a Cricut, I never used it. Maybe next year...

While the water bottles can be pricey, the clipboards are the same price as the dollar store.

What are you getting your students?

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