Free / Cheap end of school year gifts for your class

Trying to hold back the tears as you say goodbye to an amazing class is a very special moment in a teacher's life. The closing of one chapter and the beginning of another can be a hard thing to process for both adults and children. Their growth and achievements need to be rewarded but what do you get a class of primary aged children? There is the simple idea of some stationary or sweets for them to take home but do those gifts mean very much? I wanted to come up with some end of school year gifts that they could keep as memories to celebrate their time in my class.

teacher advice on gifts presents for their primary school class


Make their own bookmarks and laminate: Free if school supplies them! Children can design their own bookmarks, one side drawing a picture of their favourite moment this year, and the other explaining what is it.

Photo collage for each child: Time consuming but free if printed at school. Due to GDPR, make sure it's just photos of that child with things they have done/created over the year. This could also be laminated or stuck onto a card with a written message from you.

end of primary school year gift ideas for primary classMemory booklets: Create little books by folding and stapling A4 paper/card. They can do a little self-portrait, write about their favourite lessons this year or write a little recount about the best school trip. You could add some photos from the year too. The children could write thank you notes in each other’s books (thank you for helping me in maths, thank you for being kind and sitting with me at lunch etc.). Ask the class to write about something they learnt this year, write wishes and share goals for the next year. You can download my editable memory booklet from tes.

Make their own bracelets: This is something I've seen online and maybe its more of an American thing. However, rather than buying bracelets for them, teach them how to do basic knots with threads to create their own bracelets (key stage 2 appropriate). Colourful threads are very cheap to buy in many markets/ hobbycraft etc. You could also get beads or letters to be added in with their design (These Amazon bead letters are great for doing their initials!).

Please comment below with any other suggestions that can help fellow teachers with end of term gift ideas.

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