How to Create the Perfect Thank You Note

Now that the holidays are behind us, and we’ve attended our festive parties, fattened our bellies, and unwrapped gifts from our thoughtful friends and family, it’s time to reflect and relish in all the things we have to be grateful for. That’s right, it’s time for a few thank yous!

Thankful Quote

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The best way to show your gratitude is with a good ol’ fashioned handwritten note. Sending a quick email or text message is nice and can be done in a timely manner. But when you sit down to write a letter (like with a pen on an actual piece of paper), there’s a deeper level of connection that’s made between you and the person who gave you the gift. So why not take a few moments to make that happen?

There are three key ingredients to creating the perfect thank you note.

{ONE} THE CARD

Thank you card

Store bought cards are great. I promise. It’s really the message that’s the most meaningful, so don’t let a DIY card project stand in the way of sending a timely note.

If you’re able to carve out just a few extra minutes, though, here’s a super quick way to personalize a card for that sweet, gift-giving friend of yours. Here’s all you need to make the card shown above:

Double-sided scrapbook paper

doublesided scrapbook paper

Edging punch or scissors

edge punch

Pretty alphabet stickers

Martha Stewart alphabet stickers

Pack of envelopesenvelopes

What to do:

  1. Fold your double-sided paper in half.
  2. Cut the paper to the size of your envelope.
  3. Use edging scissors to cut across the top “flap”. This creates a pretty peek-a-boo design on the cover.
  4. Find the letter of your friend’s first or last name on your sticker sheet, and apply it to the front of your card.
  5. Now you’re ready to write your thoughtful message!

{TWO} THE MESSAGE

Sometimes this part trips people up the most. Where do you start? What should you say so it doesn’t sound forced or canned? Starting with a simple “thank you” is always good. Here are a few other statements to get you off to a good start:

  • You deserve a hug! I am so grateful for the (gift item) you gave me.
  • I feel so blessed to have you in my life. The fact that you took time to send me a (gift item) meant a lot.
  • How did you know I totally needed a (gift item)? You are seriously the best.

Once you have that part down, say something personal. What will you do with the gift, where will you put it, or what did the gesture mean to you?

Next, mention the next time you might see each other. Such as, “I can’t wait to see you at the reunion.” Then restate your appreciation as your close. “Thank you again for your kindness.”

{THREE} THE TIMING

Send a thank you as soon as you can. A good rule of thumb is to send a card within a month after the event. That means you have until the end of January to have your holiday thank yous in the mail.

If it’s later than that, start your note with a brief apology. “I’ve been meaning to tell you…” is a great statement to use. Be sure to follow with something personal about the gift. Has the gift really come in handy? Is there a funny or cute story to share? Those details can make the tardiness of the message worth the wait.

Okay, friends. I’m off to jot a few notes myself. Here’s to a day filled with gratitude!!

-Kate

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4 comments on “How to Create the Perfect Thank You Note

  1. Got um done. This cold sunshiny day. Silly cards and all filled with confetti. Cheers for the New Year

  2. Hi Kate!
    I love this article because today is my thank you notes day! As a teacher, my biggest challenge is writing thank you notes to alllll of my generous students and their families. I have done this a couple of ways~ I start with a template and then fill in with a personal note and print on pretty paper. Sometimes I write a poem and hand write a note at the end. Then I fold it in thirds and put the notes on the students’ desks with a hand made book mark. It’s a nice way to begin the new semester ~ with thankfulness.

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