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 cutting it a little too close a few years ago, I vowed to stop waiting until the last minute. (Year-ahead purchases have even become normal.) 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 in the moment. Don’t you agree? Some year’s money may be tight so gifts may be bulk-homemade and less costly. On the flip side, if time is more of the commodity, I just purchase an item – even if I end up spending more.
My comfort zone is anywhere between $1 – $5 per student with $3 being my sweet spot. With a full studio, the cost can add up quickly!
Hershey’s Symphony Creamy Milk Chocolate Bar is a really great and easy option. Depending on your budget, there are two sizes:
The GIANT version is also fun to give and is around $2.50 apiece. (At the time of this post, they were not available in bulk on Amazon but can likely be found in your nearest grocery store.)
One of my favorites from over the years is these Resin Sheet Music Snowman Ornaments.
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 may end up paying more depending on shipping.
P.S. Sara’s Music Studio made a fun suggestion to add a ribbon around the neck like a scarf. How cute would that be?
Homemade Hot Cocoa
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 a small Japanese eraser didn’t seem like quite enough, so the years I did that as my gift, I also made Puppy chow and attached the eraser to the bow.
I don’t even remember what specific recipe I used at that time but it was definitely a white chocolate one.
What are you giving your students this year? Share together in the comments!
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