The Importance of Thank You Notes

Kate Wright, Zeta Phi, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Kate Wright, Zeta Phi, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Hello friends,

I recently had some time off to spend with my family and my aunt joked about how she would no longer be sending gifts to nieces and nephews who do not send thank you notes. Don’t worry, I’m still on the nice list but this reminded me of just how meaningful these little pieces of paper can be. It’s not the most exciting task, but writing them reminds us to be grateful and to cherish the people who show us kindness. Here are my 5 steps to writing the best thank you note.

Pick stationary that fits your personality!

I’ve linked the cards I am currently using below, but my best piece of advice is to check out TJ Maxx or Marshalls, they always have cute patterns that are super affordable. Your cards don’t need to be designer or made from the highest quality paper, they just need to be representative of you! Your cards will be even more genuine if the recipient can see your personality from the moment they open the envelop!

Thank You

Address all the important people!

This may go without saying but it’s important that no one feels left out in your thanks. For gifts, address your thanks to all of the people who signed the card to you (even the cats and dogs). When it comes to sending thanks for something less tangible than a gift, always over thank. It’s better to send cards to more people than less. If you’re staying in someone’s home it’s a great idea to send an additional card to the specific person who gave up their room.

Be specific about what you are grateful for!

Do not ever say, “thank you for the gift”. This reads like you don’t even know what they gave you but your mom made you write a thank you note. Detail exactly what you are thankful for and get creative with how you say thank you.

  • I really appreciate…
  • It was so kind of you to…
  • I am grateful that…

Add detail!

This is probably the most important tip of all. If someone gives you a gift say why you are thankful or what you plan to use that Target gift card for. People want to know that they did a good job choosing that gift and always appreciate the detail of how that fits in to your life.

Send them on time!

The ideal time to send thank you notes is within 1-2 weeks. The earlier you write them the better, but it is never too late to send a thank you so break out the cards for that Gameboy you got 10 years ago!

I hope that you find this helpful as we come into the gift-giving season! Let me know what you will be saying thank you for in the comments below!

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” ― Emily Post


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