21 Student Gifts You Can DIY for a Dollar (or Less)

Yes, you really can make all of these happen for less than a buck!

It’s the end of the year, and you want to do something for your students. But you don’t want it to break the bank, right? We pulled together some end-of-year student gift ideas that you can DIY for a dollar or less a piece. This will give students something to remember their year by and it’s a fun way to celebrate all their accomplishments. Check out our favorite ideas.

1. Throw some shade

DIY for a dollar: sunglasses

You can pick up inexpensive sunglasses at the dollar store or in bulk online. Plus this website has a free printable, making it a super easy student gift.

Source: True Life I’m a Teacher 

2. Give ’em s’more

This gift will definitely come in under $1 each when you buy the supplies in bulk. You can create your own printable, or give this teacher some love and buy it from her TPT store.

Source: Lori Flaglor 

3. Owl miss you

I’m a sucker for anything with owls, and this one is super cute. You can use any number of things for the body of the owl. Be creative, and figure out what works best for your students.

Source: Mandy and Daniel

4. Time to get crazy

DIY for a dollar: straws

This is such an inexpensive and cute dollar gift idea. Plus, you know your students are going to use it! Create your own design or download it from this awesome Etsy store.

Source: Daisy Lou Arts

5. Chalk it up

DIY for a dollar: chalk

There are several ways you could give chalk as a DIY for a dollar end-of-year gift, and this is one of our favorites. Actually, this teacher has several wonderful ideas, so check out her blog.

Source: Lessons for Little Ones

6. Last-day bookmark

This is a project you can do with your students on the last day. Make a bookmark out of paint samples … so simple and so cute!

Source: Mrs. Olmstead

7. Color as you go bookmark

You can never have too many bookmarks! Download the free printable, then have your students cut it out and glue it together so they can keep track of their reading this summer. Download it here.

8. Freeze pop bouquets

These come in as one of the cheapest gift options because freezer pops like these are so inexpensive to buy in bulk. They are a great gift that truly says, “enjoy your summer.”

9. Celebrate your smart cookies

You’ve required healthy snacks all year, so now it’s time for a little treat.

Source: Caramel Potatoes

10. Practice your painting skills

Wow, what a special gift! This one just requires a little bit of paint and artsiness. Tell them it’s a lucky stone or a stone they can wish on. Or maybe it’s their reading stone to help them remember to read all summer.

11. Have a ball

You will be one of their favorite teachers EVER with this DIY for a dollar idea!

Source: Classy in the Classroom

12. Blow some bubbles

Nothing says summer like a fresh container of bubbles!

Source: Sparkling in Second Grade

13. Summer sweets

The straw is optional if you have the budget. Maybe students will be inspired by this dollar gift to start a neighborhood lemonade stand.

Source: Crafted Sparrow

14. Treats now and later

This is one of the most clever printables we’ve seen. Your students will love both the message and the treat inside.

Source: Oh Rubbish

15. Jump into summer

Encourage healthy habits and challenge them to jump at least 50 times a day! Tell them that you’ll do it, too. (Now you have to actually follow through.)

Source: Our Thrifty Ideas

16. Add some bounce

You can definitely buy bouncy balls in bulk, making this an easy and cheap gift to do for a large number of students.

Source: Literacy Loves Company

17. Stay hydrated

This is a really special DIY gift you can do with $1 water bottles and a little creative customization. Look for bottles online in bulk or at your dollar store.

Source: Hanging with Mrs. Hulsey

18. Fun in the sun

These DIY for a dollar sponge water balls are genius. Kids will have so much fun with them this summer. Better yet, show your students how to make it themselves so they have a fun craft to do this summer.

Source: A Place Called Joy

19. All aglow

Did you know you can get up to 10 glow sticks in one package from the dollar store? This gift is too inexpensive not to do.

Source: The Bubbly Blonde Teacher

 

20. Poppin’ summer

We love free printables, and this is another one that is easy to do. You can buy popcorn packages in bulk, making this a project you can DIY for less than 50 cents each!

Source: Bren Did

21. Slime ’til the end

DIY for a dollar slime

Did slime drive you crazy this year? Probably. But now you can give them an amazing gift that they’re going to LOVE.

Source: My Frugal Adventures

Stacy Tornio

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Stacy Tornio is a senior editor with WeAreTeachers. Nearly everyone in her family is a teacher. So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead.

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