As a child, writing thank you notes was not an option. Whenever my sister or I received gifts for birthdays or Christmas, we were expected to write thank you notes in return. By the time we reached middle school, those notes were written before we’d even put away our new toys and clothes. Today, I continue to write thank you notes, and I write them even more often and for more occasions. I am a firm believer that showing gratitude in the form of a written letter not only shows that I appreciate the service, item or experience but that I also received it (in the case of a gift). I know I appreciate receiving thank you notes, so I assume that others feel the same.
I have noticed, however, that the art of the thank you note is quickly becoming a thing of the past. I honestly don’t know if some of the wedding, baby shower, holiday and graduation gifts I sent were ever received because I never received a thank you note in return, and I admit to feeling a bit slighted. My husband constantly has to remind me that my sister and I are abnormal in our thank you note writing, which I think is very unfortunate, indeed.
You can buy thank you cards in bulk. I would like to suggest that you do so, and that you make an effort to send them to the people who do something for you or who send a gift your way. If you aren’t sure what to write, there’s no need to worry. They can be short and sweet. Here is my standard formula:
Salutation: Dear Person Who Gave Me a Gift ~
Sentence one — Thank the person.: Thank you for the beautiful pack of note cards you sent for my birthday.
Sentence two — Acknowledge why you appreciate the sentiment.: I adore the fact that they’re hand printed with my initials and can’t wait to start using them!
Sentence three — Optional, if it’s appropriate to add anything else about the gift/experience.
Closing — Confirm the appreciation.: Thanks again ~ JoAnna