Okay, I'm a fan of a lot of stuff. Puppies, clean sheets, black olives, coupons. But I have a couple things that are my favs.
1. KIDS ARTWORK! It's the only artwork I own. Not entirely true but it's a statement I use broadly. I'm that person that has a rotating gallery of frames that showcase my kids' artwork. In all seriousness, I love their art and I believe showing it off is good for everybody's self-esteem.
2. BLANK NOTECARDS . You can use those bad boys for any occasion. Birthday? yes. Graduation? yep. Congratulations on the new job? you betcha. Sorry to hear about the wart? Absolutely!
3. RUBBER CEMENT. I'm almost positive I have mentioned this somewhere on this here little ol' blog but I'm too busy to research that. It is the best bonding agent for paper and it's super fun to peel away. It just is.
4. HAND WRITTEN, SENT IN THE MAIL, THANK YOU NOTES. While I spend a good amount of time on the computer with email, Facebook, Pinterest blah de blah blah, I still LOVE getting snail mail. So, making my children write thank you notes is pretty much the reason for which I live. I'm a task master for this. It will make them better adults, I'm sure of it.
Elvis is a year older. He's got some thank you notes to write! I picked a piece of his artwork that makes me smile and made copies of it. Slapped the copies on some blank notecards I had around the house with trusty rubber cement and we are 1/3 of the way there.
Elvis completed four thank you's in 15 minutes. He's proud of his accomplishment. The gift givers will be psyched to receive the thank you and I am proud of his work.
I know you can buy something similar at almost any big box store these days. Don't bother. Make your own from original artwork and about 5 minutes on the computer. You can customize the inside to fit your child's personality.
Okay I'll get off my Emily Post soapbox. Rock on people.