A custom photo book from the class is always a perfect gift, and services like Shutterfly
make it so easy. A few ideas:
-Give each kid a page and include one photo of them, along with a quote, like their favorite memory of the school year. (This Blurb book from a preschool
is beautifully done.)
-Ask kids to each illustrate a picture of the teacher and scan them into the book.
-Take a simple pic of each kid after school using a smartphone and the Photobooth app
so each student gets four funny snapshots on each page.
-Invite the kids to all write on a topic that's special to the teacher. Here, see how a third grade class shared there take on topic, Love is...
but imagine "Dance is..." for a dance teacher, or "Art is..." for an art teacher.
You can also make a custom notebook
for the teacher, featuring a photo of the entire class on the cover page, or a piece of art made by all the children. The one above from Blurb, but also find affordable options at Minted
A play on the "family tree" idea, this custom printable for a teacher
just needs the class's fingerprints to finish it up. You can choose to
label the fingerprints or not, and even change the colors of the little
print, say if you want to distinguish between the AM class and the PM
If you've got a little more time and a crafty
parent to help out: Scan the kids' artwork onto sticker paper and adhere
to a plain end table, storage box, or even a wooden chair, as seen in
this project from Elsa Mora