While etiquette does not require teachers to purchase gifts for their graduating students, some might want to. Even so, most teachers do not make enough money to purchase pricey gifts for their students. Expensive gifts are even more difficult if a teacher wants to purchase gifts for multiple students. So choose small, thoughtful gifts to wish graduating students good luck.
Bake a batch of sugar cookies and give them to your students as graduation gifts. These inexpensive treats are a good idea when you are giving gifts to the entire class. Cut the sugar cookies into simple circle shapes, or find a cookie cutter that looks like a graduation cap. Frost the cookies and write something on them with frosting, such as "Congrats" or "Class of 2011." Put the cookies into a decorative plastic bag and hand them out to the students.
Give each student a bookmark as a going away gift when they are leaving your classroom and possibly heading on to another one. Select bookmarks with inspirational messages on them. Alternatively, give the students bookmarks in the school colors with the school logo on them.
When the students are graduating from middle school, junior high school or high school they are likely heading on to a higher level. Give each student a reference book that might come in handy their next year of schooling. For example, choose pocket dictionaries, thesauruses or college paper writing reference books.
Send your students off with awards. Create certificates that award the students different honors and frame them. Choose serious awards, such as "Most avid reader" or "Math whiz." Another idea is to create lighthearted awards, such as "Most likely to become a comedian."
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