Back-to-School Mystery Gifts

Thursday, August 1, 2019
For the past several years, I've given each of my new students a MYSTERY GIFT at
"Meet the Teacher" night for them to take home. The catch? The CANNOT open the gift until the morning of the first day of school.

What's the purpose?
I got this idea from Hope King several years ago when she hand delivered mystery gifts to her students before the first day of school. The goal is to build excitement and anticipation for the new school year. We want our kids to be COUNTING DOWN the days until the first day of school, and I have found that these mystery gifts are a way to get them doing that! I give each student that attends open house one of the gifts and they take it home with them. They stare at it for the next several days (hah!) and they are allowed to open it up as soon as they wake up on the first day of school.

What is the gift?
You can literally turn ANYTHING into a mystery gift. For several years, I gave bracelets that all matched and they represented our classroom community. For the past couple years, I've changed it up. Be creative and think about things the kiddos in your community are currently excited about. I went with bracelets several years ago because the students in my community LOVED Lokai bracelets. Come up with something fun and unique for your kids! I do try to steer away from something "educational" because I want it to be something the kids will actually ENJOY. Although new crayons are great, I doubt my kids will be SUPER pumped to receive them as a gift. ha.

What do I include with the gift?
I always put a BIG do NOT open sign on the front of the gift, and then a note inside with the item. I personally think the note should be special for your class! You can grab mine HERE.

Gift Ideas:

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  1. We still have one months left of back to school. But I am already thinking about BTS shopping.

  2. How do you individually wrap them?

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  4. Color is one of the most important expressive principles in floristry. Knowing and correctly combining colors, you can achieve the greatest emotional effect from the bouquet and create masterpieces even from simple flowers.

  5. Where did you get the boxes? Thank you! :)

  6. do you let students open the gift at home or bring to school and open in class? This is a super cute idea!

  7. Such a super cute idea. I teach Montessori and part of it is learning to wait for materials a friend may be using at the time you want it so this is perfect. I have a bracelet inside that says "inspire kindness" which goes along with our school them, 5 peppermints, and a printed message. Let's do 2021!!! Would love to send you a pic but not sure how.

    1. This is Natalie, sorry my email didn't tag.