As I was browsing ecards for teacher appreciation week, I was thinking that when I wrote about 8 creative ways to thank our teachers during a very different Teacher Appreciation Week last year, I had no idea that a full 12 months later, many of our teachers and kids would be still dealing with the ramifications of COVID-19: Remote learning, carefully spaced desks, outside “mask breaks,” and hand sanitizer — oh so much hand sanitizer.

While last year’s ideas are still great and appropriate (as are a delivery of flowers or four-pack of thank-you ice cream pints or DIY teacher gifts from the class) ecards are always thoughtful.

If you want one that’s super easy to send yet still special enough for your child’s teacher, check out Punchbowl’s free digital Teacher Appreciation eCards.

Related:Ā The best teacher gift ideas from people who know: actual teachers.

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Free teacher appreciation card during the pandemic from Punchbowl

Punchbowl offers over 30 designs that include references to the pandemic, as well as others that socially distance from the entire subject if you’d rather not even bring it up. (Hey, it’s been a long year, we understand.)

I really like that you can add your own teacher’s photo or even your child’s photo on the front of some of the cards. You can also include a free video that you upload, of your student thanking their teacher.

Or, get really creative by sending a music teacher a two-minute video of your child practicing recorder (ha), spending a language tutor a thank you in Spanish, or sending the art teacher a show-and-tell of an art project they’re particularly proud of. It will make their day.

Related: 7 Printable teacher appreciation notes to help our kids show their love and, well, appreciation

You can customize these free teacher appreciation week ecards with your own photos

Image: Kiana Bosman via Unsplash

You can also include a gift card from retailers teachers like, such as Target, Amazon, Door Dash, and even Sephora. Then your child can personalize the copy inside the card, which is so important. A thank you note should always come from the heart, right?

Free ecards for teacher appreciation week that are perfect for Covid times

free ecards for teacher appreciation week

I will say that some of the designs feel less inclusive — like one thanking a “team of teachers” who all happen to be women, or one design with lots of light-skinned hands raised in thanks, which is otherwise so cute. But the rest really do work for nearly any kind of teacher. (UPDATE: We love companies that listen to feedback! Thank you to Punchbowl for revising this card. It is beautiful).

Or at least any kind of teacher who deserves all the thanks they can get for turning a digital or socially distant classroom experience into something special for our kids.

Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 3rd. Personalize a free TeacherĀ Appreciation Week ecardĀ from Punchbowl.