Handwritten thank you notes are ideal but nowadays emails have become acceptable. I personally like the extra effort it takes for someone to find a card (or better yet, make one!), write something, put a stamp on it and send it to me. Sending and receiving mail has become a thing of the past but like old records, I think thank you notes could make a comeback!
A few years ago, I found a box of letters my father had written to his sister. They spanned 50 years and included telegrams and cards, which included thank you notes. I cherish these letters and cards, and is a way for me to engage with my family history.
How to Write a Thank You Note
- Express your gratitude and name the gift or action you received.
- Write a sentence or two about how you benefited from the gift or actions.
- Conclude by mentioning the next time you hope to speak to or visit with the other person.
Ideas on things to say
- Happy holidays! Thanks so much for taking the time to attend our family’s Christmas party. We know it’s a hectic time of year.
- Thank you for taking me in and feeding me after my surgery. It was such a blessing to not have to worry about cooking and cleaning during my recovery. You saved the day!
- The cozy blanket you crocheted made my day. I’ll be thinking of you every time I’m curled up on the couch watching Netflix.
- We are forever in your debt for helping us through this tough time. I’m humbled and grateful for your support.
Tips and Ideas
- Make your own card! Buy a set of blank cards and envelopes and look online (or Pinterest is great too!) for a simple design that would be easy to replicate using sharpies, pens, or pencils. This is a great crafting activity!
- Personalization: these cards tend to be kept and cherished.
- Include something nice like a picture or a pressed flower.
- Write from the heart; you can’t go wrong.
However you accomplish them, just taking the time and effort will mean a lot to the person who receives the note.