It’s the end of the year, and you want to give special parting gifts to your students without breaking the bank. We pulled together some end-of-year student gifts that you can DIY for about a dollar each. These tokens give students something to remember the year, plus they’re a fun way to celebrate accomplishments.
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1. Throw some shade
You can pick up inexpensive sunglasses at the dollar store. Plus this website has a free printable, making it a super-easy student gift.
Buy it: Kids Sunglasses at Dollar Tree, Adult Sunglasses at Dollar Tree, Neon Sunglasses on Amazon
Source: True Life I’m a Teacher
2. Give ’em s’more
This gift will definitely come in under $1 each when you buy the supplies in bulk. You can create your own printable, or get one from Etsy.
Buy it: S’more Gift Tags on Etsy
Source: Lori Flaglor
3. Owl miss you
These super-cute owls will give your students a personalized treat. You can use any number of things for the body of the owl. Twix candy bars will help make this fun treat come to life!
Buy it: Twix on Amazon
Source: Mandy and Daniel
4. Time to get crazy
End-of-year student gifts should be put to use, and you know your students will love these crazy straws! Create your own design or download it from this awesome Etsy store.
Buy it: Crazy Straw Printable Tags on Etsy, Loop Silly Straws on Amazon
Source: Daisy Lou Arts
5. Chalk it up
There are several ways you could give chalk as a DIY end-of-year student gift, and this is one of our favorites. Buy chalk in single packs or in bulk from the dollar store along with chalk bag toppers from Etsy.
Buy it: Chalk at Dollar Tree, Chalk Bag Note on Etsy
Source: Tidy Lady Printables
6. Last-day bookmark
This is a project you can hand out on the last day. Make a bookmark out of paint samples … so simple and so cute!
Source: Mrs. Olmsted
7. Freeze pop bouquets
These come in as one of the cheapest gift options. Get a 100-pack of ice pops for under $10! They are a great gift that truly says “Enjoy your summer!”
Buy it: Freeze Pops on Amazon
Source: Trish Long-Keith
8. Celebrate your smart cookies
Buy it: Craft Rocks on Amazon
Source: Teachers Resource Force
10. Have a ball
You will be one of their favorite teachers EVER with this DIY idea! These beach balls come out to under $1 each.
Buy it: Beach Balls on Amazon
Source: Classy in the Classroom
11. Blow some bubbles
Nothing says summer like a fresh container of bubbles! You can get bubble wands at Dollar Tree at only $1 for two. This is an end-of-the-year student gift that’s hard to pass up!
Buy it: Bubble Wands at Dollar Tree, Bubble Wands at Target
Source: Sparkling in Second Grade
12. Summer sweets
Inspire students to start a lemonade stand or make a cool drink to kick-start the summer. Use crazy straws from the dollar store and attach to Kool-Aid packets for a fun gift.
Buy it: Krazy Straws at Dollar Tree, Kool-Aid on Amazon
Source: The Crafted Sparrow
13. Jump into summer
Encourage healthy habits and challenge them to jump rope every day! Tell them that you’ll do it, too. (Now you have to actually follow through!) Jump ropes from Amazon or Dollar Tree come out to a dollar or less each!
Buy it: Colorful Jump Ropes on Amazon, Foil Jump Ropes at Dollar Tree
Source: Our Thrifty Ideas
14. Add some bounce
You can buy bouncy balls in bulk, making this option an easy and cheap gift for a large classroom.
Buy it: Bouncy Balls on Amazon
Source: Literacy Loves Company
15. Stay hydrated
This is a really special DIY gift you can create with $1 water bottles and a little creative customization with an acrylic pen.
Buy it: Water Bottles at Dollar Tree, Acrylic Pen on Amazon
Source: Hanging with Mrs. Hulsey
16. Fun in the sun
These DIY dollar sponge water balls are genius. Kids will have so much fun with them this summer. Better yet, show your students how to make them themselves so they have a fun craft to do this summer.
Buy it: Sponges on Amazon
Source: A Place Called Joy
17. All aglow
Did you know you can get up to 25 glow sticks in one package from Dollar Tree? This gift is too inexpensive not to create.
Buy it: Glow Sticks at Dollar Tree
Source: The Bubbly Blonde Teacher
18. Poppin’ summer
Just popping in with a quick note! You can buy popcorn packages in bulk, making this a project you can DIY for less than 50 cents each.
Buy it: Popcorn on Amazon
Source: Bren Did
19. Slime ’til the end
Did slime drive you bananas this year? Probably. But now you can give students a gift they’re going to LOVE. DIY this slime along with your students or purchase it on Amazon for 50 cents apiece! Add some mini plastic fish for just a few cents more per student.
Buy it: Slime on Amazon, Plastic Fish on Amazon
Source: My Frugal Adventures
20. We built a great year
Students can build STEM skills and create at home with these adorable $1 block sets! Print off a quick note and these are ready to go.
Buy it: Building Blocks at Target
21. Because this year flew by
Feed into some summer fun with a Frisbee!
Buy it: Frisbees at Dollar Tree
Source: Teach Me T
22. A bunch of smarties
Something sweet for the end of the year!
Buy it: Smarties on Amazon, Clear Gift Bags on Amazon
23. Let’s color
Send your students off with an activity they can do this summer. Many assorted coloring books can be found at the dollar store. Plus, get this gift tag for free.
Buy it: Color Books at Dollar Tree
Source: Pocketful of PreK
24. All smiles
Students are sure to love these emoji pins! Pair it with a note saying “I’m all smiles because we had a great year!”
Buy it: Emoji Pins on Amazon
25. Class friendship bracelets
What a sweet way to remember the year!
Buy it: Woven Bracelets on Amazon