I purchased small MEAD planners with the clear plastic protector on the outside from my local Wal-mart. They are only $1.97!!
Then I created my own personalized cover with photographs of my boys and used a glue stick to glue it to the outside of the original cover.
Make it extra special by marking family birthdays, vacations, and special dates. I like to add mark all birthday by including the ages and addresses so gift & card giving becomes easier for the recipient!
Rework: To modify this idea for a staff gift, insert a group photo of your class and mark special dates like school vacations, parent-teachers conferences, and student's birthdays.