Gifts for Teachers: Unique Ways to Say Thank You

Teachers play a critical role in our lives, and the lives of our children. With their guidance, they not only prepare us academically, but also for the world.

If you’d like to give back to a teacher at the end of the school year, over Christmas break, or during teacher appreciation week, check out Costco Photo Center’s unique gifts for teachers.

For the Sentimental Teacher: The Class Photo Collage

Most of us have been lucky enough to have had at least one teacher who makes the school year fun and exciting. Maybe they planned adventurous field trips, or brought in cool guest speakers. Maybe they just had a way of making every lesson memorable in its own way. If you’ve collected some great school photos this year thanks to an awesome teacher, create a photo collage to thank them.

Collage poster boards make excellent thank you gifts for teachers. Add a title and choose the border width and color, and have every student sign it. On a smaller scale, create a collage print that you can frame as a gift for your teacher’s desk.

For the Classroom Decorator

The best gift for teacher appreciation is one that he or she can keep right in the classroom.


  • Art for the classroom: A few students can come together and explore the Art & Image Gallery for unique photography or children’s art to order as a photo print, poster board or metal print.
  • Make a collage photo mug: Say “Thanks a latté” and make early morning class prep a little sweeter by adding up to 30 photos to a personalized mug.
  • Create a DIY photo frame: Print a smiley class photo and decorate a basic frame with school-related embellishments and a coordinating caption.

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For the Busy Bee: Time-Saving Vouchers

In addition to a tremendous amount of responsibility, teaching comes with a packed schedule of creating lesson plans, managing a classroom, grading, extra-curriculars and more. As the old adage goes, “A teacher’s work is never done.”

A unique gift for teachers is one that helps save them a bit of time. Students can offer to be the classroom assistant for the day – organizing the activities, cleaning up – whatever is needed. To get the whole class involved in this fun teacher gift idea, create a set of personalized cards as tangible vouchers. Every student will receive a card that they can submit to the teacher on the day that they are able to help out.

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For the Best Teacher Ever

The most meaningful thank you gift for teachers is an expression of gratitude. No matter what age, students can write a nice message for a teacher that made an impact on them. Let your teacher know how much you appreciate their encouragement, mentorship and inspiration. 

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