In today’s world of modern technology the thank you note and the invitation have gone by the waste side…to the big-ole heap pile.
When was the last time you received a hand written Thank You card?
Better yet, when was the last time you actually sent a handwritten Thank You card?
Seems like all thank yous (if your lucky enough to get one) are very impersonal. A text message is not a sincere thank you…at least in my mind.
True Story #1:
Two years ago I was invited to a funeral. Via group text. No joke, group text!
True Story #2:
When my step daughter was little, she had to two choices:
- Write a thank you card for the birthday and Christmas gifts she received and keep the present, or
- Return the gift
It was that simple. The decision was hers.
I explained the gifts were carefully chosen for her, by people that cared about her. A thank you card was good manners and the “right thing to do”.
You probably think I am the evil stepmother.
The stepmom who made her stepdaughter write thank you cards…Individually to each person (including her grandparents).
Now she’s a senior in college; and I’d venture to bet she is one of a handful of students who can actually write a sincere thank you card.
So what does this story and my rambling have to do with today’s post?
Because I miss the personal-ness (is that even a word?) of the handwritten thank you I decided to give you a little formula and sample language you can use to craft your own personalized thank yous.
Thank You Formula:
[Salutation] e.g. Dear Grandma (Aunt Debra, Uncle Steve):
Thank you so much for the lovely [insert gift]. Your thoughtfulness is so appreciated. I can’t wait to use [insert gift] [explain how you will use the gift]
Sign your name
When you use the formula, the thank you note looks like:
I love the beautiful pearl earrings you gave me for graduation. I can’t wait to show them off and wear them during my graduation ceremony.
I love you so much for being a positive influence in my life and the example I followed to get to this point in my life.
Salutation / Closing Reference
|Salutation||First Name, Nick Name,
|Dear, Mr, Mrs, Dr. [name]|
All My Love, With Love, XOXO,
|Respectfully Submitted, With Regards,
Thank You, With Gratitude
Your thank you can be as detailed or simple as needed to convey your sincere gratitude.
Age appropriate thank yous help to instill good manners
- If your child is too little to write, or just learning to write their name: Write the thank you card for them, then have them scribble or draw a picture
- As they get older: the thank you should mention the gift … why (s)he is thankful for the gift, how (s)he will use the gift, or why (s)he loves the gift
The thank you doesn’t have to long winded or perfect. The object is to be sincere and heartfelt in your gratitude.
Quick go to Thank Yous:
- Dear Granny
Thank you so much for the lovely handbag you gave me. Aqua is my new favorite color and I can’t wait to use it and show it off.
All my Love,
- Dear Mr. Smith
Your generous donation of $1,000 will help us feed 10 families this holiday season. From the bottom of our hearts, the City Food Bank would like to say Thank You.
You are the example of what it means to have holiday spirit.
Respect and Gratitude,
- Dear Gretchen and Jay
Joe and I appreciate the beautiful crystal candle holders you gave us for our wedding. They will be a perfect addition to our “new home” and we can’t wait to display them on the mantle.
We were so glad that you were able to celebrate our love and new beginning. Thank you for being such great friends to us.
Thank you for your love and caring during the last few weeks. Your dedication to take care of me and my family as we deal with the loss of my father will never be forgotten.
I am so blessed to have you in my life and there isn’t enough words to express my loving gratitude.
I love you,
- Mr. Smith
Thank you for taking the time to interview me on July 8th for the project manager position. It was a pleasure to meet you and your staff. I enjoyed getting to learn more about ABC construction and look forward to working with you on your new subdivision project.
Now you have the:
- Thank you formula
- Saluation and closing table
- Canned Thank Yous to edit and reuse
And because you know how much I love a good printable…
Using our original photography, I created 6 different thank you cards. 4 different designs = 6 cards (2 note cards, 4 mini note cards)
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