If your student teachers time in your classroom is coming to an end and you’re looking for something fun and meaningful to send them off with, you’ve come to the right place! I’m sharing 20 student-teacher gift ideas.
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Some of the ideas cost nothing at all and just use some supplies you already have lying around, and some fun things you may want to purchase for your student teacher that will help them start their teaching journey. You can ask for the studen’s families, other teachers as well as admin to help pitch in for a bigger gift too!
20 Student Teacher Gift Ideas
- A picture frame with the students’ fingerprints around it with a picture of the class inside. Grab a $1.00 wooden frame from Michael’s and help the students put their thumbprints on the frame using paint. Write each child’s name under the thumbprint. Add in a picture of your class.
- Gift cards! Grab a gift card to a place that you frequently shop for items for your classroom. A TPT gift card, Target, Lakeshore, Barnes & Noble, a local teaching store, Dollar Tree, Amazon or Scholastic. I know I’d love to receive a gift card to any of these places!
- Have the students bring in a new or gently used picture book. Help him or her build their classroom library! You could have the students write their name or a note to the student teacher on the inside of the book as well.
- Make a sign for their door. I did this for my own daughter’s teacher this year at the beginning of the school year. She moved grades and rooms and so I thought it would be fun for her to have a new sign for her door. She loves it. I used an apple sign from the Target Dollar Spot during back to school time. It doesn’t have to be an apple though, the Dollar Spot usually has some kind of board that would work at all times of the year. I just used a paint pen on mine to write her name, but if you have the means to use vinyl using a Cricut that would be great too!
- Have the students make them a book. They can write about why they think they’ll be a super teacher. Nothing is better than getting notes straight from the hearts of the students! I love how @caffeineteach used the book for her student teacher by adding photos of her students as well!
6. Make a personalized clipboard. You can have the students use fingerprints to make a flower, bees or butterflies, or you can buy a customized one from Etsy. They have some amazing ones on there!
7. Give them a teacher cart. A fantastic and useful way to get them started for their first classroom.
8. Give them a teacher bag. Have the students make paint handprints on a canvas bag or buy your favorite teacher bag to use. A durable backpack or a Thirty-One bag would both be great as well.
9. Put together the ultimate teaching kit. Put together a basket, tote or crate with all kinds of things that they’ll need when they have a classroom of their own. Ideas of items you may want to include are:
a nice lanyard
hot glue gun
a good pair of scissors
hammer, screwdriver set, level
Yeti or Ozark insulated cup
velcro, 3M Command Hooks
gum, chocolate, Advil
pens, Post-It’s, tape
bulletin board supplies
a good stapler
10. Buy a book and have the students sign it. Some great options would be, Oh The Places You’ll Go or The Giving Tree. Each time they see this book later on or read it to their own class, they will think of their time with you!
11. A teacher chair! Everyone needs a teaching chair. This might be a rocking chair, a stool or a director’s chair. Whatever fits your student teacher the best.
13. Give them a cute lunch tote. Most of my co-workers bring their lunches, so wouldn’t it be fun to have a nice new lunch bag. Target has some great ones or you could even get one from Thirty-One monogrammed. Have the students each write a small note on a piece of paper and fill up the lunch tote with them. So special and they’ll think of your class every time they use it. We share some of our all time favorite lunch tote’s here that you can check out. Or you might also give them a mini crockpot to go along with the lunch tote. You can check that out here.
14. Write a letter of recommendation. Give them the gift of being one step ahead of the other candidates when interviewing for a teaching position.
15. Gift them your Scholastic points. Have them choose a whole bunch of new books to start their classroom and let them use your Scholastic points to pay for it.
16. Get them a personalized stamp. You could choose some fun pre-made teaching/grading ones, or get one personalized with their name on it. Or if they have a fun saying they like, have a stamp made with the saying on it. A stamp to stamp the inside of their class library books would be helpful as well.
17. An HP Instant Ink ready printer. Give them the gift of a printer so they can be ready to start printing all of that fun stuff they’ve purchased off of TPT. I personally have the HP OfficeJet Pro6978 at home and can’t say enough good things about the printer and instant ink program. I never run out of ink, they just mail me more each time I change a cartridge! They can use this code to sign up and they’ll receive a month for free!
18. 16 mini drawer organizer filled with supplies. The perfect way to keep everything together and organized so you know where it is when you need it.
19. Make a handprint umbrella. A useful and oh so cute gift from the students. They will think of your class each time they use it standing out in the rain while on bus duty!
20. A fun lanyard. This lanyard is a charm holder that comes with 11 pieces of school charms. So adorable!
BONUS #21: Make this adorable class gift sending them onto their next adventure with this free printable.
Do you have any other ideas to give to your student teacher? Anything great you remember receiving?