20 Free or Inexpensive Surprises You Can Send Students in the Mail

Let them know you’re thinking of them!

20 Free Items to Send Students in the Mail including Bookmarks, Bracelets, and Paper Clips.

Whether you’re in the classroom or tackling distance learning this year, it’s fun to send students little tokens to show much we care about them. That’s why we came up with this fun list of inexpensive back to school items you can easily send students in the mail. Everyone loves to open gifts, and with just a single postage stamp, you could deliver some real joy!

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1. Welcome Back Postcards

It may not be the back-to-school we imagined, but we can still make students feel welcomed!

2. Friendship Bracelets

These heartwarming gifts easily fit in an envelope, making it one of the coolest things you can easily send kids in the mail!

3. Free Printable Motivation Cards

Free Printable Motivational Cards for Students

Put a smile on their faces!

4. Puffy Stickers

Buy a huge pack and send them out every few weeks!



5. Free Printable Welcome Cards

Free Printable Welcome Postcards for Teachers - WeAreTeachers

Adorable postcards to print and send home.

6. Funny Bookmarks

They say laughter is the best medicine, after all!

7. Inspirational Quote Cards

Never underestimate the power of positive words.

8. Free Printable Bookmarks

Free Printable Bookmarks for Read Across America Day

15 different options, perfect for elementary school and beyond!

9. Animal Stickers

This is cuteness overload in a mailbox!

10. Emoji Bookmarks

Older kids will appreciate these expressive bookmarks!

11. Motivational Lunchbox Notes

Designed for the lunchbox, delivered to the mailbox.

12. Flower Seeds

Keep your students growing all year!

13. Color Your Own Bookmarks

A small gift and a fun activity all rolled into one!

14. Student Postcards

Work on that teacher-student bond, even from a distance!

15. Temporary Tattoos

send kids in the mail temporary tattoos

Send these, then ask everyone to share a picture of their tattoo!

16. Animal Fun Facts Postcards

Who wouldn’t want to get one of these cute postcards in the mail?

17. Vegetable Seeds

Can you grow an indoor garden year round? Make this a fun experiment!

18. Mini Note Cards

Mini notes are something you can easily send kids in the mail to let them know how much you love and support them!

19. A Flat Version of You!


This trend started at the beginning of the pandemic and is super fun for kids!

20. Free I Spy Games

Always a favorite activity! Print these free downloadables and mail to your students.

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20 Free or Inexpensive Surprises You Can Send Students in the Mail