Regardless of how busy I get, one thing that has always been a favorite thing of mine to do is make handmade gifts of appreciation for my kids' teachers. I have enough friends that are teachers to know that the favorite gifts at Christmas, or as a thank you at the end of the year, is a gift card tucked inside a heartfelt note.
But I don't just wait until Christmas, or the end of the year to send something nice. I like to start out the year with a little bit of sucking up. Haha. I'm kidding.
Sucking up aside, I do actually think it's really nice to send in a little note, maybe with a starbucks gift card attached, that says, "Hey, we are excited to get to know you this year, thanks for all that you do!" Last year I put together little pencil boxes full of sharpies, hand sanitizer, post it notes, etc. I think this year I'm going to keep it simple and just jot down a note in one of the cards that I've been making. And as the year goes on, when little things come up, or I notice that a teacher has gone out of his or her way to help my kid out....a hand written note might be the better way to go than just firing off an email from my iPhone. I used to work at Hallmark, so I have a super soft spot in my heart for greeting cards, stationary, and actual paper thank you notes.
I painted a ton of these cards for a craft show last year, and I keep dipping into my stash of extras every time I want to send someone a note. There are about 8 sets still available in my Etsy shop- each individual card is unique- paired with 3-5 others in the same color story to make nice little sets of 6 and 8. Click on over and check them out, and grab one before I use them all up myself!