It seems as though the art of writing thank-you notes is being forgotten by many. Two years ago I went to a good friend\’s wedding, bought an expensive gift – yet I never received a thank-you. Thank-you notes are a courteous gesture to let the gift giver know you appreciate what was given to you. My mum taught me to always write a thank-you note anytime I received a gift. The holidays have come and gone so buy some fabulous stationary, and get your thank-yous out! Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
• Put the full date in the top right corner
• Include a salutation depending on your relationship with the recipient. \”Dear Aunt Lori\” for a closer relationship, or \”Dear Mrs. Lori Smith\” for one that is more formal.
• Indent your first paragraph just like you would for a paper.
• Use a closing such as \”Sincerely,\” \”Love,\” or \”Warmest Regards\” followed by your signature.
Some other help:
• Always hand write your thank-you note (emails are tacky).
• Get your note in the mail as soon as possible!
• Treat money and gift cards like any other gift. If you know what you will be purchasing with the money include that in your note. Never indicate the specific amount you received.
• Not just when you receive money but with any gift explain how you plan to use it.
\”This candle will look great on my end table\”
• Don\’t just say, \”Thank you for the gift.\” Be personal say, \”I can\’t believe you were able to find a jewelry box I had been looking all over for one.\”
• Reiterate your gratitude again at the end of your note.
• Never put fewer than three sentences.
• Remember it\’s the thought that counts! Even if you do not like the gift write a note!
• Buy stationary. Cards with complementary envelopes look much better than folded notebook paper stuffed in a plain envelope.
• Don\’t exaggerate. It may be obvious if you say, “The monogrammed soap is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!” Most likely you’ve seen better, so simply say, “The monogrammed soap was very thoughtful and will be perfect for the powder room.”
Do you write thank-you notes? Do you have any tips to share?