Do you give your students Christmas gifts?

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  1. kcjo13

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    Steal away at the coupon book! I'd even email you my coupons if you PM me your email address.

    I like the hot chocolate/gingerbread cookies (although I'd do sugar because I'm not a fan of gingerbread). That would also be cheap and easy...hot chocolate was on sale at the store for a dollar a box of 12...
     
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    There is always snowman, reindeer, penguin, etc. poop. It's cute with the little poem and inexpensive!
     
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    I buy plain ornaments and write their name and the year to give them along with a small box of crayons.
     
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    Well, I teach 5th grade, and these were the top winners for me:
    Battleship
    Connect Four
    Uno (card game)
    Guess Who
    Apples to Apples
    Trouble
    Checkers
    Outburst Jr.

    I found a cheap! air hockey game I bought for my son for Christmas one year. He outgrew it-and I took it to school. My 5th graders STILL line up to have air hockey competitions!
    I try to stay away from games that are too involved-Monopoly, Life, etc. With only a half hour, they take too long.
    Good luck!
     
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    Jenga is another popular game. I bought a Mancala game and my kids love it. They also love playing with my Knex. I bought a simple Lego set for the room, because I used Legos as an example of something and got nothing but a blank stare. Finally one kid raised their hand and said "What???" That led to a blanket of "What's that? I've never heard of them." Crazy!
     
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    I always give a book or two (yes from Scholastic... the usually have them $1 or sometimes even send me free ones). I usually give a candy cane or something sweet too and a home made card - that's it! :)
     
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    I teach high school, so things are a little different for me. But, I give all of my kids Christmas pencils and make a Christmas treat for them. I do chocolate dipped pretzels or something like that. I also have about 65 kids, so I have to go cheap to cover everyone.
     
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    I usually give them a book (this year I got some free ones, so it'll be two), sometimes a pencil, sometimes a simple bookmark I make with their name on it.
     
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    Every year I order personalized pencils with my students' names imprinted on them for Christmas. I found them on forteachersonly.com. They LOVE them and it eliminates pencil problems for a while :O)

    Someone asked about board games..... my 4th graders LOVE Don't Break the Ice, it is the number one they want to play. I have tons of decks of cards and I always teach the kids how to play Spoons, another big-time favorite. They also enjoy Boggle, Yahtzee, and puzzles.
     
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    Just bought some pencil sharpeners, bookmarks and pencil grips online at Oriental Trading. They are going to be pretty happy. I usually just go w/ a book/pencil, but I have a soft spot for my class this year. I had over half of them last year as I moved up w/ them. :)
     
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    Help

    We're lucky in that our local Rotary club gives us new books every year to distribute to our students. I just add a personalized card. It saves me the time and money involved in shopping.
     
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    Totally off topic, but isn't Spoons a drinking game? It's been many years, but I feel like maybe I played it in my college years! I'm not sure I would teach my kids that game (even without the drinking, lol).
     
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    Any game can be made into a drinking game.
    I played spoons as a child and LOVED it!
     
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    We always have a half day on Dec 24th...crazy I know!
    That morning we have hot cocoa, read & watch Polar Express, and make necklaces with a jingle bell.
     

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