While we're on the gift-giving subject, sometimes teachers like to provide simple, low-cost gifts for their students just to say "thanks" or to help the remember key lesson points or to celebrate certain holidays.
Here are some reliable web-sites where you can purchase token gifts items inexpensively or in bulk.
Magnetic Express (decorative magnets)
A Promotional Outlet (for larger quantities)
Oriental Trading Company (very inexpensive, even for small quantities)
Carnival Source (like Oriental Trading Co.)
Pin Mart (for lapel pins, lanyards, bracelets, etc.)
Crown Awards (for trohies, plaques, ribbons, and such)
Gifts in Bulk (for nicer gifts and favors)
Bulk Foods (for just about any food gift you can imagine)
Christian Book Distributors (great prices, especially on close-out gifts and bookmarks)
Visual Image Plus (for custom bookmarks)
Save on Closeouts (bulk liquidations and party supplies)
And for bulk teaching supplies, try these sites:
Really Good Stuff
Smile Makers (a division of Staples)
Also, don't forget about these perpetual discounters (stock changes daily):
E-bay's Wholesale/Bulk Lots (by category)
Christian Book Distributor's Gift Store Bargains
These are just some basic ideas. Maybe some of these web sites will springboard your creativity when it comes to showing your students how much you appreciate them!
'Til next time,