38 Thank-You Notes for Christmas Gifts From Your Students 

Use these original thank-you note message ideas to show appreciation to your students (and their parents) for holiday gifts.

Updated November 8, 2023
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The holidays can be a magical time in the classroom, and when students give holiday gifts to their teacher, it can be really special. Whether you're a preschool teacher or you spend your days instructing older kids, finding a meaningful way to say thank you to students for their Christmas gifts is important.

You don't want to sound generic, but you can only say, "I'll treasure it" and "thoughtful gift" so many times. Add a little variety to your thank-you notes for holiday gifts with a few of these ideas. From expressing thanks for gift cards to showing appreciation for those adorable handmade gifts, there's a little bit of everything to choose from.

Cute Ways Teachers Can Say Thank You for Holiday Gifts

Take a moment to show the families of your classroom how much they mean to you this Christmas with a thank-you message to students and their parents. These are sure to give your students and families a giggle, especially if you work with younger grades. Make it more personalized by adding what you'll do with the present or how well it will fit into your classroom or home.

The classroom present you sent sparkled and shined. What a wonderful gift to call mine. Thank you.
  • The classroom present you sent sparkled and shined. What a wonderful gift to call mine. Thank you.
  • Here's a thank you from me. Your precious gift filled this teacher's day with glee.
  • You truly went out of your way to make this teacher smile with your gift.
  • Talk about making my Christmas merry and bright! Thank you for finding a present that was just right!
  • Just having you in my classroom is enough joy, but thank you so much for this gift for me to enjoy.
  • You sparked my holiday spirit with your magical teacher's gift. This Christmas gift is amazing!
  • You brought a little joy and wonder to my day with your beautiful Christmas present.
  • Thank you so much for the delicious Christmas treat. It made this teacher's day so sweet!
  • Thank you for this gift — I can't say enough. Your gift so warmed my heart, it made not crying tough.
  • What a truly wonderful Christmas surprise! I really couldn't believe my eyes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now I can remove it from my Amazon cart!

General Thank-You Notes to Students for Christmas Gifts

The season of giving might be making your heart feel sentimental, but with all that's happening during the holiday season, your brain might not be cooperating when it comes time to write out thank yous. Try one of these ideas for thank you notes from teachers to students for Christmas gifts, or use them as inspiration for writing your own creative message.

Your cozy gift truly warmed my soul this Christmas. I can't thank you enough for warding off the school's winter chill. Keep being an amazing student!
  • Your gift made my heart grow three sizes today. I can't tell you how thoughtful it was and how much I appreciate it. It shows me how truly special I am to you as your teacher.
  • You really know your teacher. Opening your gift gave me the biggest smile! Thank you so much for making my day shine a little brighter.
  • You truly wowed me with your Christmas gift. I will appreciate it always. It just goes to show how considerate and smart you are! I know you will do amazing things. Thanks so much for the gift and being in my class.
  • It was so kind of you to get me such a fabulous gift this season. Your generosity made me so grateful. It will definitely come in handy in class this year.
  • To say your gift made me chuckle would be an understatement. My smile will last into the next school year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
  • Thank you for making my stars shine a little brighter this year. You are an exemplary student who I know will achieve big things.
  • It truly warmed my heart to receive such a thoughtful and precious gift this holiday season. Thank you so much for taking a moment to think of your teacher. I appreciate it more than words can express.
  • You're bringing festive back! Your gift will make my holiday décor the talk of the teacher's lounge. Thank you for going all out to bring this teacher a little holiday cheer!
  • My Christmas tree looks amazing with your gift. It was so very thoughtful and beautiful! Thank you for being a true gem in my classroom!
  • Your cozy gift truly warmed my soul this Christmas. I can't thank you enough for warding off the school's winter chill. Keep being an amazing student!

Thank You Notes to Students for Handmade Holiday Gifts

Who doesn't love a handmade gift? The fact that the giver put in the time and effort to make you something original makes it extra special. This is especially true if these are the students you spend time with daily. As you're sitting down to say thank you, don't get tongue-tied. Try a few of these different thank yous — they are sure to highlight your sentiment for those homemade gifts.

  • What a precious gift from the heart! The fact that you took the time to make me such a wonderful and considerate gift filled my whole heart with Christmas spirit. Words can't express how truly fabulous you are as a student.
  • Your gift knocked me right off my feet. The thought and craftsmanship are spectacular. I know exactly where it will fit in. Thank you so much for blessing your teacher with your creative soul.
  • Your gift is something I will forever treasure. I just know I will think of you every time I look at it. Thank you for taking the time to create a gift so truly unique.
  • I didn't even know I needed your gift in my life until I opened it. I've always wanted something like this, and the fact that you took the time to create it for your teacher has me in awe. Thank you so much for being such an amazing person and gracing my heart with your thoughtfulness.
  • Your beautiful homemade gift made my day! I can't thank you enough for taking the time and effort to create something so perfectly me. Thank you so much for showering my heart and classroom with your generosity.
  • Thank you doesn't seem like a big enough gesture for the time and effort that you put into such a beautiful teacher's gift. I will keep it with me always to remind me of you!
  • Wow! Your gift truly delighted me. It is a true masterpiece that I will cherish always. Thank you for making the effort to bless me with such a wonderful classroom Christmas gift.

How Teachers Can Say Thank You to Students for Gift Cards

Sometimes students and parents don't realize how wonderful a gift card is for a teacher. You can only store so many coffee mugs and candy, right? After a few years, you're donating them to make room for new ones. Gift cards, however, never go out of style. Make sure you tell your students and parents how much you appreciate the gesture.

  • You knew just what I needed! Thank you for providing me with a gift card to treat myself. It was so generous and thoughtful of you to think of your teacher. Now to figure out what to get!
  • It was perfect! Thanks so much for the gift card to my favorite coffee place. You are warming my heart and feeding this teacher's caffeine addiction! I truly appreciate the gift.
  • Wow! Thanks so much for a gift card to my favorite restaurant. How did you know that I love this place? You get an A+ for listening skills. I'll be stuffing my face this holiday season thanks to you.
  • All the other teachers are going to be so jealous of this gift card. It was so generous of you. I can't wait to figure out what to buy with it. Just having you in my classroom was joy enough.
  • Your Christmas gift card touched my heart. It was much needed to help restock my classroom! I'm truly thankful for you!
  • You couldn't have chosen a more perfect gift than this gift card! You are such a special and unique individual with a caring heart. It's such a pleasure to have you in my classroom.

Thank You Messages From Teachers to Parents for Christmas Gifts

Let's face it. Typically, parents are the ones buying your gifts. So, you want to make sure to include them when it comes time to give thanks. And they are part of your school family. From helping in the classroom to field trips, you make a connection. Try out these appreciation notes for parents to show them how much they mean to you.

  • Parents like you truly make this job worthwhile. Thanks so much for thinking of me this holiday season. I'll use the Christmas present you got for me so much. Your family is one of a kind!
  • Your family astounds me with your giving nature this holiday season. Your gift was truly out-of-this-world amazing. My classroom will appreciate it for years to come.
  • I know exactly where your child gets all their awesomeness. Thank you so much for the sweet treat. It was a delicious addition to my holiday. I appreciate you and all you do for my classroom.
  • I was beyond thrilled to open the gift from your family this season. Thank you for bringing joy and warmth to my home. It made my heart smile. Happy holidays and thank you so much.
  • Adorable! Your gift was truly charming. The minute I saw it, I knew just where to put it. Thank you for filling my heart and home with warm wishes this Christmas! You are such a truly special parent and a fantastic classroom family.
  • Thank you for feeding my holiday collection with your gorgeous gift. It truly brightened up my year and made me feel so appreciated. Your family livens up my classroom.
  • I'm beyond grateful for your Christmas gift. It was such a thoughtful gesture. Please accept my deepest gratitude and know how much I appreciate your amazing family and all you do throughout the year for the school.
Quick Tip

To make your thank you note to parents extra special, add a sentence or two about the value that their child adds to your classroom. 

Cute Printable Christmas Thank-You Card

You don't even need to find your own Christmas thank-you card. Use this cute printable thank-you card and choose one of the messages above or write your own personal thank-you message to students for holiday gifts. 

Helpful Hack

If you need any help printing, just check out these Adobe printable instructions.

Give Your Students a Thank You From the Heart

After writing your 20th thank-you note, the idea bin might run a bit dry. Who blames you? That's a lot of thank yous. Try out a few of these unique thank-you ideas to refresh your brain and still give your students a thoughtful message to show your appreciation.

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38 Thank-You Notes for Christmas Gifts From Your Students