When it comes to this time of year, I usually whine a little. Not because I don’t love Christmas or giving gifts, but because I have to figure out something different to do for my students once again.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE giving gifts to my students. It’s just the process of making my brain think about what to do this year that makes me often procrastinate. After getting down to the wire a few years ago, I vowed never again and right after Christmas, I purchased my gifts for the following year (ornaments). Bye-bye stress.
Crafts are not my strong suit so my kiddos will most likely never get a hand-made craft from me. Since I love to cook, however, homemade goodies have made it into the mix frequently.
The gifts I do each year often have to do with where life is for me at the moment. Don’t you agree? Some years money may be tight so gifts may be bulk-homemade and lest costly, and some years I may be too busy to put the effort into making something so I just purchase an item – even if it’s a little more costly. I would say I have spent anywhere between $1.25 – $5 per student but my comfort zone is around the $3 mark. It adds up quickly with a full studio!
Symphony Extra Large Creamy Milk Chocolate Bar.
Music Notes and Treble Clef Ornaments
Decorate your studio Christmas Tree with student Christmas-gift ornaments. Let them choose their ornament off the tree at their last lesson before Christmas Break. I really like these black ones from Amazon. Hobby Lobby has some gold sparkly versions of this same ornament as well.
These Music Snowman Christmas Tree Ornaments are my choice for this particular year. Sara over at Sara’s Music Studio made a fun suggestion to add a ribbon around the neck like a scarf. I’m not crafty, but that I can handle. Won’t it be so cute!?
*Note: At the time of this post, the price on Amazon is $22.99 for a dozen. You can get these at Oriental Trading for $15.99 but with shipping at $6.99, it makes a total of $24.36 with tax. If you have Amazon Prime it’s actually cheaper to order from Amazon!
Homemade Hot Cocoa
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix is a perfect gift. What kid doesn’t love hot chocolate? I decorated mine similar to this image. It’s simple but nice. Be sure and include the directions! Consider recipes that are made with powdered milk so students only have to add hot water. Along those same lines, don’t do the layered-type cocoa mix where you have to dump the whole container into a pot to mix.
Will the Japanese Eraser craze ever go away? I would be surprised if it did – they’re just too cute! Students will love these grand piano erasers.
Purchase a mixture of black and red and let students choose. Based on what my students chose, I would suggest purchasing 30% red and 60% black. Or if you want to keep it simple, just go for the black!
To me, just handing them an eraser didn’t seem like quite enough the year I used them, so I made “White Trash Puppy Chow” (yes, that’s what the recipe was called) and attached the eraser to the bow.
I don’t even remember what specific recipe I used. Just search Pinterest for “Puppy Chow” and you’ll get a million recipes from which to choose. 🙂
I’ve even just given my students bags of regular puppy chow without the erasers attached. It makes a fine gift in and of itself!
What are you giving your students this year?