Do I need to write a thank you note?

By: Tim Campbell

You should never forget to say, “Thank You”. When you receive a gift, whether or not you give one in return, say “thank you.” 

A thank-you note is also in order (the handwritten ones are the best kind). It can be as short as a sentence or long as a full-blown letter. But it will lend emotional heft to an already-thoughtful gesture. Hallmark says that you should try to send your thank-you notes out quickly. For events such as parties and showers, a good rule of thumb is to send your cards out within a month after the event. If it’s later than that, start your note with a brief apology. “I’ve been meaning to tell you…”

Need more help with what to write? Here is what Hallmark recommends:

  1. Greeting.Don’t forget to make sure you’re using the correct form and spelling of the person’s name, as well as anyone else’s mentioned in the note.
    • Dear Aunt Sharon and Uncle Bob,
  1. Express your thanks. Begin with the two most important words: Thank you.
    • Thank you so much for…
    • It made my day when I opened…
    • I’m so grateful you were there when…
  1. Add specific details. Tell them how you plan to use or display their gift. It shows them that you really appreciate the thought that went into it. Even if it’s cold hard cash, describe how you’ll spend the stuff.
    • Here’s a picture of me with my new briefcase. I look so professional!
    • I can’t wait to use the birthday money you sent to decorate my dorm room.
    • The going-away party meant so much to me. Having all my friends and family in one place was something I’ll never forget.
  1. Look ahead. Mention the next time you might see them, or just let them know you’re thinking of them.
    • We look forward to seeing you next month at Lucy’s party.
  1. Restate your thanks. Add details to thank them in a different way.
    • Again, thank you for your generosity. I’m so excited about college. I’ll let you know all about it when I get settled.
    • We felt so blessed that you made the trip to be with us on our wedding day. We can’t wait to see you again soon!
  1. End with your regards. “Sincerely” is a safe standby, but for closer relationships, you might choose a warmer option.
    • With love,
    • Many thanks,
    • Yours truly,

Gratitude is the very essence of gift giving. We give gifts in recognition of our gratitude, and we receive them in an expression of gratitude. It doesn’t take the much time, so give a little thanks!

Thank you for reading!

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