If you’ve ever had a wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party, etc, you know that Thank You notes are a very important part of your job after receiving gifts. My grandmother always taught me to handwrite letters, and writing a proper Thank You note was something that I was determined to learn – and definitely something I will pass on to my children. I hate to see fewer people writing letters and children not even being taught cursive writing in schools anymore.
But how do you write a proper thank-you note? This site was my main inspiration when I started attempting to write thank-yous. I also like this site for those manly men out there who want to write thank-you notes too. 🙂 It’s the same information, just more manly! And Emily Post has some fantastic ideas for teaching children to write thank you notes here.
So a completed thank you note for a pair of concert tickets would look like this:
Dear Gift Giver,
Thank you for the concert tickets. An evening out without the kids is always fabulous, but attending the concert was an awesome experience and we truly enjoyed it. It was great to see you at the Christmas party, and we hope to see you again soon. Thanks again for the tickets!
When I first started attempting to write proper thank you notes, I wrote down the instructions on a note card and referred to it as I wrote until I was comfortable enough to do it on my own. Now I keep it in the cardbox with my index cards (how I stay organized) so that if I have a thank you note to write I can easily refer to it, since being pregnant has totally consumed my brain. 🙂
Of course, the most important part after the actual writing of the note is the sending – make sure to get it in the mail ASAP!
A friend of mine does awesome thank you notes with her son for his birthday party (and probably all other occasions) – she has him color on paper with crayons or markers, then cuts the paper into card size and writes on the inside for him. We gave him a toy truck for his birthday this year and the card said “Thank you for the toy truck, I like playing with it” or something to that extent. It’s so awesome to see and such a cute way to teach the children to write thank you notes too.
Do you write thank you notes when you receive gifts, invitations or advice?
Do you write thank you notes when your child receives gifts?
When is the last time you wrote or received a thank you note?
Updated 1/23/2014: It’s National Handwriting Day today – celebrate by writing a thank you note to someone you care about, and make sure to use handwriting! And eat a pie while you’re it, today is also National Pie Day. Need a cookbook suggestion? Here’s a review of a pie cookbook I love!