Color Me Happy

Kids Coloring CardsKids are always being asked to write a note or draw a picture for someone. It’s part of being a kid. Whenever I’d ask one of my boys to write a thank you card, I’d get the big, melodramatic sigh and the sad-eyes look, and then he’d slowly drag out the crayons and construction paper and say, “Okay, what do I draw?” Not exactly the artistic type.

If only we’d had these super-cute coloring cards in the house, it might have been a whole different story! Our designers came up with these fun thank you card ideas for kids, knowing that when kids have cards they can call their own, there’s no stopping them. Each card can be personalized with your child’s name, either on the front or inside, and when you mix in a fun activity like coloring, and you’ve got a winner!

The illustrations are adorable, from the Fill-in Robot Kids Coloring Cards to the Princess Castle Thank You Coloring Cards. Some even allow you to upload your child’s photo into the artwork. I’m betting that these thank you card ideas for kids will make moms just as happy as the kids, when it comes time to write those thank you notes!

Keep reading our blog for more kids ideas on how to make writing thank you notes fun! Order your child his or her own personalized coloring cards or other fun kids thank you cards today.

College Care Package Ideas to Make Mom Happy

Handwritten NoteMy son left for college at the end of August and left a big hole in our family. I don’t miss his messy room or dirty socks, but I do miss our conversations and being in touch with what’s going on in his daily life.

He doesn’t seem to miss me much, if the number of times he’s contacted us is any indication. I know he’s having a great time and is busy with new experiences. Like all moms, I want him to be happy and make friends, but to know that if he’s sad or lonely or just having a bad day, we are still here for him.

I have decided to send him a care package and have been asking other moms for care package ideas. I will fill it with lots of his favorite snacks, the sandals he left under his bed, a new set of earbuds for his iPod, a throw pillow for his dorm room, a pound of coffee, and a gift card for his favorite takeout restaurant. Then I’ll top it off with a little note on my personalized note card (that I made just for this purpose) that says “packed with love” on the front.

He won’t expect it. He doesn’t need it. But he will like it, I’m pretty sure. Just picturing the smile on his face makes me feel better already.

Be sure to shop our stationery collection for personalized note cards to top off your care package ideas.

Creative organization ideas for back to school

Personalized LabelsKids heading off to school have lots of stuff. Moms who have kids heading off to school want to make sure they come home with the same stuff. We’re always looking for creative kids organization ideas, and this solution repurposes one of our favorite items, our personalized address labels. These cute little stick-on labels can be personalized in your kids’ choice of colors and designs, printed with either their name or their name and address or phone number, and used for a multitude of kids organization ideas.

Whether the kids are in kindergarten or college, stick-on address labels can be used to ID school supplies such as notebooks, binders, pencil boxes, lunch bags, even lockers. In college dorms, colorful name labels can help roommates organize their space by identifying storage bins, cubbies, closet shelves & drawers, and to keep track of their stuff such as books and electronics.

While you’re at it, use them around the house to organize kids’ toys, label storage bins, boxes, cubbies and more. Once you have a set for each member of your family, you’ll want to stick them everywhere!

Keep reading our blog for more kids ideas. Or start picking out and customizing their very own address labels today!

Back to School Ideas for Mom

Stationery for MomSometime around mid-August, as the summer winds down, it’s like someone throws a switch and suddenly we feel a nostalgic longing for new shoes, a new sweater, and a new box of crayons. Whether you’re eight or thirty-eight, the start of the school year signifies a new beginning, a time to get organized and get down to business.

We sort through the kids’ closets to see what fits and what doesn’t. We clean out cluttered desk drawers, throwing away dried up markers and broken pencils to make room for fresh new ones. And for those of us at Pear Tree, this includes Mom’s desk drawer. Kids aren’t the only ones who need new supplies for the school year. Re-stocking our stationery drawer is one of our favorite back to school ideas.

Personalized note cards, thank you cards and address labels are back to school ideas we can’t do without. For the new teacher, personalized book markers or note cards make a thoughtful beginning-of-the-year gift. Even if we don’t have kids in school, cleaning out our desks and freshening up our stationery collection just feels right at this time of year.

Book stickers instead of apples for the teacher

Teacher Book TagsAnyone with a child in elementary school knows that keeping track of schoolbooks is almost as hard as keeping track of kids. Books sent home for reading assignments have a way of disappearing under the bed or between the couch cushions and reappearing a year later, at which point Mom has to figure out where they belong. That’s where our fun book stickers come in handy as great teacher gift ideas.

Book stickers are personalized stickers you place inside the front cover of a book to identify whose it is. Teachers love book stickers because they are a quick and friendly way to ensure that their books make it back to the right classroom no matter where they are found. Moms who are looking for unique teacher gift ideas, whether at the beginning of the school year, around the holidays, or at the end of the year, can’t go wrong with a set of book stickers personalized for their child’s teacher.

Many schools hold book drives or book sales as fundraisers during the school year, which is also a great time to give book stickers. During these events families purchase books for their kids and teachers purchase, or receive as gifts, books they need for their classrooms. A percentage of the profits goes toward the school or PTA/PTO projects. If your school has a book drive, think about supplementing your gift of a book for your child’s classroom with a set of book stickers for the teacher. It’s better than an apple any day!

Shop our teacher gifts collection for book stickers, note cards, mini note cards and more. And keep reading our blog for more creative gift ideas for teachers, as well as everyone else in your life!

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