One thing all teachers know: it’s not about how much you spend. It’s truly the thought that counts. We’d take a handmade card with a heartfelt message over another candle or mug any day. Here’s some ways to bring the holiday spirit at little to no cost:
Scratch Off Cards
Assistant Principal Aubree Smith shared this idea for making your own Scratch Off Cards – all you need are 1” scratch off stickers and this template. Change up the prizes on the template depending on who you’re giving them to.
Create Your Own Mix-Tape
Throw it back to the 80’s with this idea. All you need is a device and either Audacity (PC) or Garageband (Mac) to record your very own mix-tape.
Pick a selection of songs that are meaningful and either sing and record them, or download a compilation. Then export it as an .mp3 file and upload it to a cloud service like Google Drive or iCloud. Share the link in a card!
Donor’s Choose or Charity Project Support
If you or someone you know has a Donor’s Choose project, you can contribute to that in any way possible. Even $1 helps. And if your child or student is raising money for something (think Boy/Girl Scouts, 4-H or FFA, church-related projects, etc) your support could mean a lot to them.
The Gift of Time
If you’re an admin or a team leader and want to support your staff, provide coverage for an hour at some point this month. That hour may not seem like much, but it can be a lifesaver.
As for students, try giving them a free block in class to listen to music or create a craft. Learning is intense and spending time together in a creative way can help build bonds and release some anxiety.
Finally, for your own children, quality time is more important than things. The key here is quality – not just watching TV together. True, intentional time where you both select an activity to do together is a wonderful gift.
12 Days of Christmas Actions
Principal Kristy Andre shared these 12 days of Christmas cards for inexpensive ways to celebrate her staff. You could easily adapt these for your own team or family.
They include things like Random Acts of Kindness Day, Candy Cane Shake Recipe, Decorating an Ornament, Packs of Tissues, Hot Chocolate Cart, Flair Pens, and more.
No matter whether you celebrate the holidays or not, we’re wishing you a season of joy, peace, and creativity. You matter – who you are and what you do is important. May these gift ideas celebrate you and the special people in your life. Happy holidays!