Put aside the fact that the Elf is a creepy little shit and you have to keep up with moving his creepy little ass on a nightly basis, I refuse to barter and bribe my child into good behaviors that she should already be practicing and let's be honest - that's how it gets used a majority of the time.
My daughter's enrollment in day care which equals your steady paycheck is my thanks to you for a job well done. In addition, throughout the year, we donate snacks, food and personal time to the Maddy’s classroom and always contribute to the classroom supply fund as needed along with clothing drives, bake sales and book fundraisers. Because of this, I don't feel too bad not doing individualized gifts for teachers. I feel we do enough for our child’s teacher and facility during the year to help. Not doing teacher gifts isn't going to hurt anyone.
Let’s get candid for a moment. When you receive a Christmas card, you have that initial, "Oh how cute!" moment but then what? It gets tossed in a pile with the others and thrown away a month later. I'm too cheap to spend any amount of time and money on things people are just simply going to trash, and don't even get me started on the dreaded "Look what we've done this year" letter. You will see no Pinterest-pressured holiday card from us. Furthermore, fighting the four-year-old to get a card-worthy picture simply isn’t worth it. I’d rather subject myself to listening to a lifetime of Frozen songs than deal with that.