Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Present Ideas for the Classroom - and $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway



'Tis the season for gift giving, and the classroom is often no exception.  With everything you have to worry about this time of year, I have taken the worry out of coming up with ideas for gifts for parents, students, and teachers!


1. Scholastic $1 Books - I love everything about Scholastic including the fact that they have got you covered when it comes to gift giving!  They always have a variety of $1 books which make the perfect (and affordable) gift for your students.  This year I purchased these books for my students:



2. You're Worth a Million (or hundred in this case) Bucks! What kid doesn't love getting money?  The best part about this idea is that they will love it even more with their own face on it!  You will love it because it won't cost you a ton of money!

Created at Photofunia.com


You can upload your students' pictures to this website to create $100 bills just like the one pictured above.  I am printing mine out in the size of bookmarks to go along with their books.  I can't wait to see their faces when they see them!

You can create other pictures/posters on the site using their pictures and print them at Wal-Mart or Walgreens for another inexpensive idea.

3. Take Home Science - I also love this idea from Rachael Parlett of the Classroom Game Nook of sending home a science experiment as a Christmas Present as well!

The perfect holiday, birthday, or end-of-the-school-year gift to give your students! Take-Home science experiments that your students can take home and use with their families!:



I always like to have my students create presents to give to their families.  I think it helps them to see that Christmas is as much about giving as it is receiving, and parents LOVE getting presents made by their children.

1. Create photo greeting cards.  One present that we always give out is a class picture photo greeting card.  I send home one to every family (all of the students sign the backs of every picture), and we hand deliver them to the special people in our school (specials teachers, principal, janitors, etc.).  Here is this year's class pic.  It is darn near impossible to get a perfect picture of everybody, so sometimes you just have to go with the one that is closest - even if it includes bunny ears!


2. Put a Kid in a Snow globe  - This year we are making these.


I will be having the students write about how they got trapped in the snow globe using this freebie from my TpT store.

If I Was In A Snowglobe Writing Prompt and Graphic Organizers
3. Stained Glass Art - We have made these in the past, and both parents and students loved them!  You can find the complete directions here.




If you are a parent as well as a teacher, you may want a few ideas for showing your child's teacher your appreciation.  Or maybe, you might want to share a gift or two with your favorite colleague or team member.  If you are stuck, you may want to check my Pinterest board below for TONS of ideas!
Follow An Apple for the Teacher's board Teacher Appreciation on Pinterest.



And, don't worry, I haven't forgotten about you!  Be sure to enter my giveaway to win a $25 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card so you can gift yourself with something special too!





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