68 Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Students That Won’t Break the Bank

Little things mean a lot.

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Looking for inexpensive gift ideas for students to celebrate the holidays, birthdays, or accomplishments? Look no further! These choices are affordable and fun, and your students are sure to love them. Some of them can even be mailed with a standard first-class stamp, so you can send them home if you prefer.

1. Mini stuffed animals

mini plush animals for inexpensive student gift
Oriental Trading

Give your students their own mascots to read with or take care of.

Buy it: Mini stuffed animals at Oriental Trading

2. Invisible-ink pens

Student writing in notebook with invisible ink pen

Want to encourage your students to write? Gift them with these invisible-ink pens with built-in black light, and they’ll be motivated to compose secret messages. You can snag them for just over a dollar each.

Buy it: Invisible-Ink Pens at Amazon

3. Assorted card games

Card games: Go Fish, Monster Hearts, Old Maid for an inexpensive student gift
Oriental Trading

Give each of your students a fun card game to pass the time at home over a holiday break. This set of 24 decks comes with an assortment of games, including Old Maid, Go Fish, and Monster Hearts.

Buy it: Boredom Buster Card Games at Oriental Trading

4. Leave a little sparkle crayons

Sparkle heart-shaped crayons for an inexpensive student gift
Frinn Brody’s Outpost via Etsy

You can buy these inexpensive sparkly crayons from Etsy or melt your broken crayons into a DIY version.

Buy it: Sparkly Heart-Shaped Crayons at Etsy

5. Pop fidget key chains

pop key chain as an inexpensive student gift

Love ’em or not, Pop-Its are still the reigning king of fidget toys. You can grab a pack of 30 on Amazon for less than a buck apiece.

Buy it: Pop Fidget Key Chains at Amazon

6. Pop fidget bracelet

Pop-it bracelets in assorted colors as an example of inexpensive gifts for students

How about a fidget toy that doubles as a fashion accessory? Your students will love these push-pop bracelets, and you’ll love that these inexpensive gifts for students are only about 50 cents apiece.

Buy it: Pop Fidget Bracelets at Amazon

7. Finger flashlights

Finger flashlights

These little lights are perfect inexpensive gifts for students who love Flashlight Fridays and want to bring the fun home!

Buy it: Finger Flashlights at Amazon

8. DIY craft sets

DIY Craft Sets in four varieties as example of inexpensive gifts for students
Dollar Tree

These adorable craft sets come in a variety pack of 24 featuring four different themes: Secret Clubhouse, Unicorn House, Butterfly House, and Space Center.

Buy it: DIY Craft Sets at Dollar Tree

9. Fun hand sanitizer bottles

Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Students Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer continues to be a must-have, so give your students a fun way to carry theirs around. Grab a set of these refillable bottles for a fun and useful gift for students.

Buy it: Refillable Hand Sanitizer Bottles at Amazon

10. Colorful lanyards

Safety lanyards in pink, blue, yellow, green, and orange

These bright-hued lanyards include a safety breakaway mechanism, so they’re even safe for younger kids. It’s the perfect way for them to wear their school ID.

Buy it: Colorful Lanyards at Amazon

11. Color-your-own winter mugs

DIY mugs with winter themes
Oriental Trading

Your students will love decorating their own winter-themed mug. Pair it with a package of hot cocoa for the perfect gift to keep them busy and cozy over winter break.

Buy it: DIY Winter Mugs at Oriental Trading; Swiss Miss Bulk Hot Cocoa Packets at Amazon

12. Bubble wands

Bubble wand tubes in blue, green, yellow, pink, red, and purple

Bubbles are another one of those little treats that will make any kid’s day.

Buy it: Bubble Wands at Amazon

13. Hand clappers

Colorful plastic hand clappers (Inexpensive Gifts for Students)
Dollar Tree

These are so fun to use in the classroom! Give them to each student so they can show their appreciation during presentations or book reports.

Buy it: Hand Clappers at Dollar Tree

14. Make-a-face sticker sheets

Sticker sheets with blank faces and funny eyes, nose, mouth, and accessories

One of the best things about these cute sticker pages is that you can pop them in the mail with a card or note.

Buy it: Make-a-Face Sticker Sheets at Amazon

15. Puffy stickers

Assorted packages of puffy stickers in shapes like shells, planets, and butterflies
Dollar Tree

What student doesn’t love puffy stickers?

Buy it: Puffy Sticker Sheets at Dollar Tree

16. Motivational laptop stickers

Assortment of motivational laptop stickers

These laptop stickers are fun inexpensive gift ideas for students. This set of 250 motivational stickers costs less than $15.

Buy it: Motivational Laptop Stickers at Amazon

17. Light-up tops

Three light up tops in green, yellow and blue designs, as an example of inexpensive gift ideas for students
Dollar Tree

Sometimes it surprises adults how much fun kids have playing with classic toys. These light-up tops add some extra excitement to an old-school toy.

Buy it: Light-Up Tops at Dollar Tree

18. Cartoon gel ink pens

Assorted colorful gel ink pens with novelty toppers

These adorable gel ink pens are less than a dollar each when you buy a set of 24.

Buy it: Cartoon Gel Ink Pens at Amazon

19. Mini puzzles

Assorted wildlife puzzles, such as zebra, lion, monkey, tiger, and polar bear, as an example of inexpensive gift ideas for students
Oriental Trading

Help your students build fine motor and problem-solving skills with these adorable mini puzzles that feature an assortment of wild animals. They cost less than a dollar each.

Buy it: Wildlife Mini Puzzles at Oriental Trading

20. E-books

Amazon.com page for Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site ebook

Amazon has lots of terrific children’s e-book options for a dollar or two each, and they make it easy to send a selection to a large group.

Buy it: E-Books at Amazon

21. Reading bookmarks

Reading Bookmarks in a variety of styles (Inexpensive Gifts for Students)
We Are Teachers

These printable (and mailable!) bookmarks are free, so all you need is a printer and some card stock.

Get them: Printable Bookmarks at We Are Teachers

22. Mini puzzle books

Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Students: Mini puzzle books with mazes, tic-tac-toe, etc.

Puzzle books will keep kids entertained when they have some free time.

Buy it: Puzzle Books at Amazon

23. Motivational cards

Motivational Kindness Cards with encouraging sayings

Sometimes all you need is a reminder that you’re special to make the day better. Get 100 of these motivational cards for only pennies each.

Buy it: Motivational Cards at Amazon

24. Kindness posters

Kindness Posters hanging on a pillar between two windows (Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Students)
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If you’re looking for an even more inexpensive way to spread kindness, you’ll love these free printable posters!

 Get them: Printable Kindness Posters at We Are Teachers

25. Animal bookmarks

Cardboard bookmarks with animal heads like monkey, elephant, and pig (Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Students)

These animal bookmarks are cute and a real bargain. You can get 30 animal bookmarks for a great price.

Buy it: Animal Bookmarks at Amazon

26. Emoji bookmarks

Plastic bookmarks with emoji faces in a plastic bag

Yes, more bookmarks! They’re such a good gift idea and so useful.

Buy it: Emoji bookmarks at Amazon

27. Book lover pins

Buttons with phrases about loving to read
Kokolo Designs via etsy.com

Looking for inexpensive gift ideas for students who love to read? These cute buttons have clever slogans that any bibliophile will appreciate.

Buy it: Book Lover Pins at Etsy

28. Superhero slap bracelets

Superhero slap bracelets in a variety of colors for inexpensive student gift

There are lots of slap bracelet options out there, but these might be our favorite. You can get 38 of them for a really affordable price.

Buy it: Superhero Slap Bracelets at Amazon

29. Earbuds

Ear buds in colors like purple, pink, orange, green, and red

Your students could probably use some new earbuds. Available in sets of 30 or 50 for a super-low price.

Buy it: Earbuds at Amazon

30. Miniature calm-down jars

Animated gif of plastic jars filled with color-changing liquids (Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Students)
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Have you seen our calm-down jars? These are such a good experiment, and they can also make a good gift for students. You can get miniature jars to save money.

Buy it: Miniature Jars at Amazon

31. Painted rocks

Painted Rocks
We Are Teachers

If you’ve got an artsy side, make personalized painted rocks for your students. Here are a few ideas we put together for inspiration. It’s easy with a set of perfectly smooth stones and acrylic paint pens made for rock painting.

Buy it: Smooth Stones at Amazon; Acrylic Paint Pens at Amazon

32. Stress balls

Stress Balls in the shape of a globe

You can find lots of options for stress balls on Amazon, and these globes are some of our favorites.

Buy it: Globe Stress Balls at Amazon

33. Flying discs

Frisbees in a variety of colors with pictures like sharks and tigers, as an example of inexpensive gift ideas for students

Here’s another great playground toy that makes a perfect student gift.

Buy it: Colorful Flying Discs at Amazon

34. DIY fidget toys

fidget toy teachers can make for an inexpensive student gift

DIY fidget toys are inexpensive gift ideas that are always a hit with students.

Learn more: DIY Fidget Toy at Super Mom Hacks

35. Game boards

Printable basic game boards with plastic markers, dice, and drawstring bag
We Are Teachers

Grab our free printable game boards and use them to create personalized games for your students. Pair them with some colorful dice and you’re ready to gift!

Get it: Printable Game Boards at We Are Teachers

Buy it: Colorful dice at Amazon

36. Coloring books

coloring books for inexpensive student gift
Dollar Tree

Coloring books aren’t just for younger kids—older students still love to color. Or you can buy coloring books with more intricate designs for middle and high schoolers.

Buy it: Coloring books at Dollar Tree

37. Doodle pads

Small doodle pads in a variety of colors with pen and swipe-to-erase feature

Kids can sketch away, then swipe to erase with these mini doodle pads. They’re less than a couple of bucks each when you buy in bulk.

Buy it: Doodle Pads at Amazon

38. Dig a Dozen Dino Eggs

Dinosaur eggs with excavating tools and small plastic dinosaur inside (Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Students)

You know your students will get a real kick out of these dino eggs! They’re a couple of dollars each when you buy a set of 12.

Buy it: Dinosaur Eggs at Amazon

39. Children’s books

Multiple books for different age ranges span out on a light blue background.
We Are Teachers

We mentioned e-books above, but if you’d like to give traditional books, there are all sorts of ways of finding them at affordable prices. Dollar Tree sells them for a $1.25 each.

Buy it: Fun Facts Books at Dollar Tree; Classic Fairy Tales at Dollar Tree

Learn more: Where To Buy Dollar Books

40. DIY Bouncy Balls kits

Set of Create Your Own Bouncy Ball Kits with molds

Whether you send these home for families to try or use them as an in-class science experiment, they’re sure to be tons of fun.

Buy it: DIY Bouncy Balls at Amazon

41. Happy journals

Selection of kraft-covered journals with happy sayings

Give them a place to jot their happy thoughts and fun memories. These little notebooks are about a dollar each when you buy 24.

Buy it: Happy Journals at Amazon

42. Fun sticky notepads

Sticky note pads with inspirational sayings (Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Students)
Dollar Tree

Sticky notes are incredibly useful in any classroom. Give kids their own cute pads to use when they want to send a cheery message to a friend.

Buy it: Inspirational Sticky Notes at Dollar Tree

43. Kawaii squishies

Kawaii Squishies in a variety of colors and shapes

These are so popular with kids of all ages. Your students will love choosing one, or you can choose it for them along with a special note. Consider turning them into desk pets too!

Buy it: Kawaii Squishies at Amazon

44. Six-color pens

An assortment of six-color pens

What’s old is new again with these retractable pens with six colors of ink. They make great gifts, and they’re affordable when you buy in bulk.

Buy it: Colorful Retractable Pens at Amazon

45. Personalized pencils

Teacher holding pencils personalized with a printer and clear tape
We Are Teachers

You can order personalized pencils from places like Amazon. If your budget is a little slimmer, learn how to make them yourself with a printer and clear tape. Then just buy solid-colored pencils.

Buy it: Shiny Rainbow Personalized Pencils at Amazon; Solid-Color Neon Pencils at Amazon

46. Pull-apart erasers

Colorful erasers in the shapes of food like doughnuts and watermelon

Pair these adorable food pull-apart erasers with your personalized pencils. Get a pack of 30 at a great price.

Buy it: Pull-Apart Erasers at Amazon

47. LEGO brick crayons

Recycled crayons in the shape of LEGO bricks

This is such a clever way to use up old bits of crayons. Grab this mold and make some yourself!

Buy it: LEGO crayon mold at Amazon

48. Scrabble tile names

Scrabble tile name badges

Make initial necklaces or create a nameplate students can use anywhere.

Learn more: Scrabble Tile Ornaments at Joes2ndact.blogspot.com

Buy it: Scrabble Letter Tiles and Wood Craft Sticks at Amazon

49. Punch balloons

Colorful punch balloons in pink, blue, green, and more

Give kids a way to work off some of their energy after sitting at a desk for hours each day.

Buy it: Punch Balloons at Amazon

50. Globe beach balls

A set of six beach balls that look like globes (Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Students)

Combine a little learning with your inexpensive gift ideas for students. These inflatable globes are fun to throw around but can be used for reference too.

Buy it: Inflatable Globes at Amazon

51. Mini building block sets

Building brick animals like elephant, giraffe, rhino, and more

Have you met a kid yet who doesn’t love LEGO? These mini building block kits are basically the same thing, but you can get 12 of them for less than a couple of dollars apiece.

Buy it: Mini Building Block Kits at Amazon

52. Miniature game tins

Miniature Games made in mint tins
We Are Teachers

Save up those tins or just buy empty tins in bulk. You can create the games we did with our free printables.

Buy it: Mini Tins at Amazon

Get it: Printable Games at We Are Teachers

53. Mini notepads

Mini notepads with LEGO brick themed covers

Colorful mini notepads make a practical, simple gift for kids of all ages.

Buy it: Mini Building Block Notebooks at Amazon

54. Bendable pencils

Flexible pencils tied in knots, as an example of inexpensive gift ideas for students

These flexible pencils will wow your students for less than a quarter each. They’ll get a kick out of bending them into fun shapes.

Buy it: Colorful Bendable Pencils at Amazon

55. Plastic Bendy Tubes

Plastic bendy tubes in assorted colors
Dollar Tree

Kids love playing with these plastic bendy tubes. You can get packs of two for just over a dollar apiece when you buy in bulk.

Buy it: Plastic Bendy Tubes at Dollar Tree

56. Mini puzzle cubes

Hands solving Rubix Cube style puzzle cube, as an example of inexpensive gift ideas for students

Challenge your students to solve this Rubik’s Cube–style puzzle. They’ll have fun while building dexterity and problem-solving skills. Buy in bulk and they’re less than a dollar each.

Buy it: Puzzle Cubes at Amazon

57. Unicorn Putty Slime Galaxy Eggs

Galaxy slime putty in clear plastic eggs

These vivid putty and slime eggs are surefire inexpensive gift ideas for students.

Buy it: Slime-Filled Eggs at Amazon

58. Mini rainbow springs

Mini Rainbow Springs

There’s something irresistible about spring toys. Pick up a bulk pack for pennies each.

Buy it: Mini Rainbow Springs at Amazon

59. Magic speed cubes

Various configurations made with Magic Speed Cubes, as an example of inexpensive gift ideas for students

Students use their imagination to turn these magic speed cubes into snakes, dogs, and more fun shapes.

Buy it: Magic Speed Cubes at Amazon

60. Thank-you notes

Thank You cards in a variety of colors

Knowing that their teacher sees them for who they are can make all the difference for some kids. You can write thank-you notes on any kind of paper or grab a set of greeting cards.

Buy it: Thank-You Cards at Amazon

61. Mini water-ball yo-yos

mini waterball yo-yos for an inexpensive student gift
Oriental Trading

OK, even we would like to have a mini water-ball yo-yo. Fun for fidgeting, the playground, and collecting.

Buy it: Waterball Yo-Yos at Oriental Trading

62. Bendable fidget toys

bendable fidget toys for inexpensive student. gift

These quiet fidget toys are great for students to use while they need to do something with their hands (like if they fidget when they’re reading).

Buy it: Multicolored Fidgets at Amazon

63. Pop-It ball

fidget balls for inexpensive student gifts

Another version of the Pop-It fidget, this time in a ball that students can use as a fidget or to actually toss.

Buy it: Pop-It Fidget Balls at Amazon

64. Homemade bath crayons

child drawing in the bath with crayons

For younger students, send them home with a way to draw and write during bath time. All you need is soap, warm water, and food coloring.

Learn more: Bath Crayon Recipe at Feels Like Home

65. Homemade play dough

homemade play dough for an inexpensive student gift idea

Who doesn’t love play dough? Cook up a few batches, color it with your school colors, and send students home with a small jar or bag full.

Get the recipe: Homemade Play Dough at Domestic Superhero

66. Mini stamps

mini stamps for students

Tiny stamps are fun for students to mark answers correct or give each other stamps in an autograph book.

Buy it: Stamps at Amazon

67. Stretchy fidget toys

stretchy toys for an inexpensive student gift

Another fun fidget toy that students can’t get enough of: little people that stretch in all directions.

Buy it: Smiley Stretchy Toys at Amazon

68. Hatching dinosaurs

mini dinosaurs that hatch out of eggs for an inexpensive student gift

We had to include another egg toy. This one hatches when put in water.

Buy it: Hatching Dinosaur Eggs at Amazon

What’s your go-to when you need inexpensive gift ideas for students? Come share on the We Are Teachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Plus, check out our list of inexpensive classroom rewards you can get at the dollar store.

These inexpensive gift ideas for students are great for end of the year, birthdays, rewards, or a prize box!