Holiday Gift Ideas {Weekend Warriors}

Can you believe that the holidays are just around the corner?  You know what that means, time for gifts!  

Gift Ideas for Students and Parents

If you're starting to think about gifts for students, colleagues, or parents, then read on because my fellow Weekend Warriors and I are sharing some of our favorite holiday gift ideas!

While I know that giving my students a gift isn't a must, it is certainly something I like to do. :)  But, of course, it can be a bit challenging when you have so many people to shop for!  So, like many teachers, I turn to Scholastic.  Kids love getting new books, and I can use my bonus points to purchase all of the books I need.  It's a win-win!

Depending upon the group of students, and what Scholastic has available, I may choose books that meet each student's reading level, or I might just choose a fun holiday book that would appeal to most second graders.  

I like to wrap the books and then top them with a bow and a bookmark.  These adorable bookmarks are from First Class in 4th Grade, and they are free!

Every year, I have my students make a gift for their parents.  I have a few "go to" projects. The first is this super adorable tin can snowman that a dear friend shared with me years ago. You can read more about it here.

My second go to project is another snowman themed creation.  How cute is this snowman pot?

This is super easy to make!  Here's what you'll need:
  • terracotta pots (any size)
  • acrylic paint: white, blue, black, and orang
  • wooden furniture buttons (in the wood section of the craft store)
  • sponge brushes
  • paint brushes
  • Hersey's Kisses (optional)
Here's what you need to do:
  1. Use a sponge brush to paint the outside of the terracotta pot
  2. Paint the rim of the pot blue (you could use a sponge brush or a paint brush)
  3. Use the end of a paintbrush (the non-brush end) to paint white polka dots on the blue rim
  4. Use the end of a paintbrush (the non-brush end) to create the mouth and eyes
  5. Paint the wooden furniture button with orange paint and attach it to the pot with a hot glue gun 
  6. Fill the pot with Hersey's Kisses!  
TIP #1: I fill the bottom half of the pot with tissue paper so that I end up using fewer Kisses.

TIP #2: To help cover the cost of parent gifts, I ask families to send in small donations, usually $1-2.  I tell them we are working on a super secret project.  It helps to cover/supplement the cost of materials.

And, finally, here is a quick and easy gift to share with your colleagues (I've also used it as a student gift in the past).

Here's what you'll need:

Once it's all bagged up, attach a label and a bow.  You can grab this FREE label here.

I hope you've been able to take an idea or two away with you today!


Gift Ideas for Students and Parents

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  1. The snowman pots are adorable!!! Love the cocoa and marshmallow gift idea too!!!

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

    1. Thanks, Sarah!! We are making them again this year, and the kids are so excited!

      Have a good one,


  2. Love all of these great ideas! Thanks for sharing!
    Always Kindergarten

    1. Aw, thanks sweet friend! Thanks for stopping by!


  3. SO, SO cute! Thank you for the adorable tags too!! :)

  4. I love your colleague gift idea, thank you so much for sharing and for the freebie! Is this a link up, or is it only for your Weekend Warriors group? I'd love to link up if it's open to participate! Thanks for all the fun ideas :)

    Jungle Learners

    1. Thanks, Melissa! I'm so glad you liked the idea! Our Weekend Warrior posts are always an open link up. Simply click the blue "add your link" button above (end of post) and follow the prompts. I'm excited for you to join in on the fun! :)



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