Gifts for Students

Beginning of the school year gifts for students

What would be a beginning of the school year gifts for students? I’ve asked myself this many times, and let me just say… I love first grade, and I love first graders!  No matter what you create for them, they will think you are the best teacher EVER!  I always smile thinking about how easy it is to please them.  And I can truly say this because I’ve also taught 4th grade, and 6-8th graders – they aren’t as easy.  Just speaking my truth!  Although I really really really loved my middle school students – but one skittle because they walked in the hall isn’t going to do it for them! At least not where I teach.


Our personalized book marks came about after I created a Mother’s Day book mark with the students’ pictures and a saying.  One of my students said that they would love to have their own book mark – and TADA!!!  I wouldn’t want to disappoint. But like I said – not my idea!



These are actually super easy to use.  Back in the day, it wasn’t as easy – we had to crop into a circle, and it never really looked good.  But now – the circle is actually a hole, so it looks really professional!  Here’s what you do:

  • Grab your camera and take pictures of each student
  • Download those pictures to your computer
  • Drag the pictures onto the Google Slide or PPT
  • Crop into a square
  • Send to back
  • VOILLA! (Check out the video to see it in action)

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A new set for every month

I’m not sure about you, but I have to change things up ALL.THE.TIME!  So I created monthly book mark sets so that students will have new book marks every month.  You can check them out below.  Here’s a link to all of my book marks. OR you can click on the pictures below.

I hope this helps with the question of beginning of the school year gifts for students, or what to give students at the end of the year – give them a book mark they can take home for the summer! 


Other first day back to school activity resources…

Are you interested in other welcome back to school activity resources?  Check out some of my other blog posts below, and grab a fun freebie below as well.

I’d love to hear from you!  Did you use any of these ideas?  Do you have other ideas?  Please comment below!


Shanon Juneau

We Are Better Together