Christmas present ideas to give my kids?

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  1. jsais

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    I would like to give my second graders a little present for Christmas that doesn't cost too much. Any ideas?
     
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    In the christmas section, our walmart has little christmas presents that would be easy to give out to the kids. They have things like pencils, erasers, yo-yos, bouncy balls, etc. They come in packs of 10-12 items for only a dollar or two each. I bought some little christmas treat bags (from the same section), and put together a little bag with a pencil, eraser, ball, stencil, candy cane, and a few hershey's kisses. I have 22 students and overall spent about 10 bucks.
     
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    I wanted to get away from giving my kids "stuff" so for the past couple of years, I have adopted an animal in the class's name from World Wildlife Foundation. Last year it was a tiger and this year will probably be a polar bear. We have the adoption certificate displayed in the classroom and have done a lot of reading and research about why the animals are in danger.
     
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    I give a Scholastic book, a packet of hot chocolate mix, a Little Debbie gingerbread man, a few Hershey's kisses and a shiny pencil in a cellophane gift baggie with ribbon and a tag that says : curl up with a good book.
     
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    Usually Scholastic has a bunch of books in December for only $1.
     
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    I melt down a bunch of the broken crayons I've collected and pour them into candy molds. I get each student a small coloring book and that is their gift. I may print coloring pages this year to save money.
     
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    I usually use my Scholastic coupons to buy everyone a book.

    However, I LOVE this idea, and since I do a polar bear research project with my class, I am definitely going to do this next year!!
     
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    MissScrimmage--have you used any of these with your students? We participated in a live webcast a few weeks ago.
     
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    Yes - I did that last year with my grade 6s after our research project. It was fabulous. This year I'm adapting the project to work with 1st graders, so we'll see what I have the stamina for!
     
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    I have given out Christmas presents to 3rd graders when I use to teach that grade for over 10 years. The one that they were most excited about are the $1 stuffed animals that I have gotten from Walgreens and from the $1 store. I haven't seen them lately at Walgreens, but sure they are probably at the dollar stores. Even the boys absolutely loved them.
     
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    I just give each child/family a holiday card.
     
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    Brilliant, Mrs. C! I'm going to adopt a polar bear since we'll be reading the Polar Express. Love it. Thanks.
     
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    I give dollar stuffed animals every year to my second graders and the ALL love them!
     
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    I love the stuffed animal idea if I could find and include a cute poem to go with it. I would love to attach a poem that says something about "this is a buddy you can read to" or "it wants to be read to every night" or something like that. Anyone creative have any ideas for that one?? :D
     
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    I go all out at Christmas time :):

    -I take a class picture, and make holiday photo cards that I send out to families.
    -I go through the November and December Scholastic catalogs and put all of the $1 and $2 books into a word document. Each child circles one book they would like, which I "buy" with my bonus points. Costs me nothing!
    -I buy gingerbread man cookies, frosting, and toppings to decorate cookies (this is at the end of our gingerbread unit). I never tell the kids that we're going to do it ahead of time. I get everything ready at recess, and they are always SO excited when they come in and see everything!
     
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    How about something that brings the family together? You could do the cookie recipe in a jar, and the kids would have to work with their parents to make the cookies. I don't think this would be too pricey. All you have to do is pour the ingredients in the jar.
     
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    I amke them a bookmark with a photo of me and the student. I string a few beads to it.
     
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    I purchased Smencils for my kids this year. (The scented pencils.) I bought them at JoAnn's and had a 40% off coupon. Each child will get one. In total it was about $12.
     

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