November Writing Prompts: 30 Ideas About Gift-Giving and Gratitude—
The focus on gift-giving during the holiday season can be a little overwhelming for adults sometimes—but for kids, it’s one of the most exciting parts of the year. This year, invite students to think about gift-giving from a new perspective. Instead of focusing solely on what they want, students should also spend some time thinking about the reasons we give gifts and what it means to give.
In these new November journal prompts, students will write extensively about both giving and gratitude. It’s easy to overlook the motivations behind gift-giving and to forget to be thankful during the hectic holiday season. By taking time to slow down and reflect on these important holiday traditions, students will have the chance to understand the deeper meaning behind giving gifts. They’ll write about new ways to practice gratitude while also examining the feelings they experience when they receive gifts. Students will also think about the types of gifts they’d love to give and creative new ways to give of themselves.
30 Ideas About Gift-Giving and Gratitude
- When does the holiday season arrive? What events put you in the holiday mood?
- Write about three non-material gifts you can give this year. Who would you give these special gifts to?
- Write about three things that you are thankful to have in your life. Why do you appreciate these items?
- Have you ever received a gift that you didn’t like? How did you respond?
- What kinds of gifts will you give this holiday season?
- If you could give your parents any gift, what would it be? Why?
- What is the holiday spirit all about?
- Have you ever given someone a gift as a surprise? Why did you give the gift?
- What are the best types of presents to give?
- How can you practice your gratitude?
- What does it feel like when someone thanks you for a gift?
- When do you like to give gifts? Why?
- Why do we give gifts during the holidays?
- How can you give to people who are less fortunate than you?
- What are some creative ways you can give to others this year?
- Would you rather give someone a gift or receive a gift? Why?
- What does it mean to give?
- Do you prefer to give gifts that people have asked for or that you think they might like? Why?
- What does it mean to be thankful?
- Have you ever gotten a gift from a person that you didn’t know very well or didn’t like? What did you do?
- What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
- Do you think people deserve presents during the holidays? Why or why not?
- What is the most memorable gift you ever received? Why was it special?
- What would you do if you received two of the same gift? Why?
- How do you thank people when they give you gifts?
- What types of gift-giving traditions does your family have?
- If you could receive any gift this holiday season, what would it be? Why?
- Write about a time when you received an unexpected gift. How did you feel?
- What are some creative ways to show your gratitude this year? Will you use any of these new methods?
- Make a list of your holiday wishes for others. What would you like to see other people receive this season?
As the holiday season arrives, bringing plenty of gifting and gratitude with it, encourage students to think about the meaning behind these important traditions.
Until next time, write on…