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Survival Kit for Life: An End of the Year Gift for Students

One of my all-time favorite end of the year gifts for students is this聽Survival Kit for Life.聽I have given my students this special gift for several years now and it is always a great way to end the year! Recently it got a little face lift as well as options without food and a shopping list! This gift is always such a special way to end the year and let my students know how much I care for them and leave them some reminders as they go on from our classroom!

Survival Kit for Life: An end-of-the-year gift for students
I’ve always done this in the past using small sand pails from Michaels, but this year I saw a cute idea using these colorful聽water bottles from Michaels and decided to give it a try! (Thanks to The Bubbly Blond Teacher for the idea! The survival kit printable and items all fit nicely into the water bottles! Also, I tried out Alisha’s idea of 聽writing my students’ names on the bottles using a Sharpie Paint Pen. I practiced on paper first and then just wrote their names with a few聽swirls and accents at the end of the letters! I don’t know if they names held up after a wash in the dishwasher, but they looked cute when I gave them to my students and they were beyond excited about their customized gifts!
Survival Kit for Life: An end-of-the-year gift for students
One thing that I聽especially love about the聽Survival Kit for Life聽gift is that it is meaningful and fairly inexpensive.聽Some of the items you may need to buy, both others you may already have at home or in your classroom!
Survival Kit for Life: An end-of-the-year gift for students
After opening up and laying out all the materials, I load the water bottles (or sand buckets, or whatever I decide聽to use as the “container” that year) assembly-style! It is pretty easy and quick!
Survival Kit for Life: An end-of-the-year gift for students
Survival Kit for Life: An end-of-the-year gift for students
When I use sand buckets, I sometimes punch a hole in the tag and tie it to the handle with a cute ribbon. I did this for the water bottles and it worked, but I later decided that it would probably be easier to just include the label inside the water bottle. That way I wouldn’t have to worry about them falling off!
Survival Kit for Life: An end-of-the-year gift for students
If you are looking for a fun and easy end-of-the-year gift for your students, you can get the tags here! There are three different versions to choose from (one sans PopRocks and one without any food) as well as an editable version!
Survival kit for life end of the year gift for students
I don’t know about you all but I am always sad to see my students leave on the last day of school after the whole year we spent learning and getting to know each other! I always read this tag to my students when I give them their gift and there are always tears… from both me and them! Just a word of warning if you get emotional on the last day too!
Want a quick and easy student gift for your students? Check out my Student Gift Sticker Cards! All you have to do is print them out and add a sticker or two!
To see the Survival Kits with sand buckets and another great end-of-the-year freebie gift you can see my post here!
  1. I love these water bottles! Do you remember the brand or how much they were at Michael's? I'm hoping I can find them!

  2. Crystal Nell says:

    I love this idea!! Love the water bottle and the message!! Love it!!

  3. Hannah says:


    Love the water bottles! Where did you get these from?

  4. TJ says:

    I just bought water bottles from Wal-Mart for 88 cents each. They had a cute saying on them or some type of graphic. So glad to come across an idea.

  5. These all the water bottles are super. I like them. I have also purchased these types of bottle for my child.

  6. Kelli says:

    Love this idea! Where did you find the star sticky notes?

    • Molly says:

      They are from an office supply store! I think it was Staples! I just checked on Amazon though and you can find a lot of cheap options on there too!

  7. Debby says:

    Hi where are the Water Bottles from? Love the idea!

  8. Martie says:

    Hi there,
    I love this! I want to use this with my students, but I would like to edit if
    I cannot find a few of the items in the poem.
    Is there a way to edit the items?

    • Molly says:

      I was hoping to have an editable version up before the end of this year, but I wasn’t able to complete it in time! I’m hoping to have one available next year!

  9. Angelica says:

    I can鈥檛 find these water bottle anywhere! Please help

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