Friday, November 25, 2011

Gifts of Giving

My class is treated to "Gifts of Giving" goodie bags just prior to our winter break. The idea originally came from Mrs. Bainbridge who does "Fill the Stockings". I changed mine a bit to meet each of my students' holiday tradition needs. The basic idea is to have students bring in a class set of goodies like seasonal pencils, candy canes, erasers, or holiday Dollar Store items. I send home a donation letter to parents, and those that want to send treats in do.  All students decorate their gift cover and glue it to the front of a paper bag. As donations come in I fill the bags with all the treats and on our last day together every student has their own "Gifts of Giving" goodie bag. You can take a peek at my sample letter below and also grab a copy of my "Gifts of Giving" cover.

Grab a copy of the bag cover:


  1. This is a neat idea! Who exactly receives the gifts of giving? The items seem school related. Are the gifts going to other students in the school or just back to the class?

    Thanks for the great idea!

    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  2. The students in my class each get a bag with goodies, but you could do it any way that you like.

  3. I like that they're school items. I prefer for them to have those than little toys. That's what they actually need day to day.

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  4. I love this! I think I'll give this a try since my kids seem to have a bit more money to spare this year.

  5. I love this, we usually do stockings but this year I want to use that money for something else. This is a wonderful alternative.

  6. Thank you for following! I love your post about your beautiful kitchen window! What a blessing to see everyday!! :)

    Classroom Confetti

  7. Hey Denise - I made a bulletin board today inspired by your No Cost Gift idea. You can check it out here:

    I also shared your amazing handout with my staff! Yay - thanks SO much.



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