Need inexpensive gifts for students?
Look no further. We’ve got 15 cool little treats that students will love and that won’t break the bank! Even better? Go in on some of these with other teachers to save more money.
(Plus, these all make great stocking stuffers for the kids in your own life.) Note that some links are affiliate links.
Bag Those Inexpensive Gifts for Students
Presentation is key! And simplicity? A must.
Get yourself a set of these cute, reusable, and good-for-the-planet burlap bags. Then fill them with some small, inexpensive goodies your kids will love. Tie on festive ribbon or a sprig of holly and prepare to dazzle!
Dice are an underrated toy that kids love and use. And these dice in dice? My students can’t get enough of them. Plus they make the cutest little sound when you roll them.
Grab the set and then put 2 or 3 dice in each child’s bag.
Scratch cards and books are very popular with upper elementary students. Get this set and grab some extra styluses. (Save the extras for next year’s kids or share with another teacher.)
Wooden Stylus to go with Scratch Art
These glow-in-the-dark stars come in a pack of 200. If you have a class of 25 kids, that means you can put 8 stars in each child’s little bag!
This one’s particularly fun if you’re doing any space studies this year.
Kids attach them to their bedroom wall to see glowing stars at bedtime!
Best figits ever! Most figits were secretly designed to send teachers round the bend. But these ones? They’re simple. Quiet. They don’t break. And they help keep kids focused.
Thank you, Marble Figit Inventor!
Butterfly plant seeds
Milkweed is key to the survival of the Monarch Butterfly!
Put a few of these seeds in each child’s bag! (This would be a great spring project too!)
Studying the butterfly cycle? This gift is a must!
Or pick some other seeds native to your area and gift those.
This set of sidewalk chalk comes in 16 colors and will brighten up any gift bag!
Great for getting kids outside in the fresh air. And if you gift these before recess, they can take them outside and play right away.
Another underrated toy, marbles fascinate kids. Even if your students don’t play marbles, they’ll love the mesmerizing cats-eye designs.
Often fourth graders will be cavalier about jump ropes, like they are above such nonsense. But make it a contest and they’re all in.
At recess, see who can do the most jumps in a row! My kids become obsessed once I tried it out on my own and got to 4 jumps. (They love showing us up.)
Make a face sticker kits
Aren’t these the cutest? Each kit has 36 sets for 36 kits! Or you could go with the holiday theme below.
These stickers are as popular as ever! Use your papercutter to slice these into strips and give your students variety.
Perfect for your writers, comic-makers, and doodlers, these lined notebooks come in a 48-pack with all colors!
Or you could grab a 12-pack of notebooks with inspirational quotes on the front. Perfect for your little dreamers who have big plans.
Best Lollipops in the World
These lollipops are so delicious, you might not want to share them.
Show your kids this video of how the lollipops are made — the two Dads who make them are the sweetest. Then surprise them with the treats afterward!
Personalized bookmarks make the perfect gift tags. And your kids will hand on to them forever!
Print them as they are below, or fully personalize with your students’s names.
Students really do love anything with their name on it!
My Yearly Tradition for Inexpensive Gifts for Students
Every week, I scout the $1 weekly deals on Scholastic. When I see something that would appeal to 4th grade, I buy a class set and save them for gift-giving.
Then you wrap them, add a couple personalized bookmarks as the gift tag, and attach 2 or 3 lollipops to the outside.
(The books below are wrapped in old road atlas paper and twine.)
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Patricia VanWyk says
For Christmas, I am giving my upper grade class 1 deck of cards ($1 per two pack at Dollar Tree) and a package of unpopped popcorn so that can play games and share a snack over the holiday break. Approximately 70-80 cents per child.
What a deal, Patricia! The popcorn idea sound perfect! You’re kids are going to love that. 🙂