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How to Write a Thank You Note

Writing thank you notes is no longer going to be a pain with these tips.

By: Sara Raffensperger, Editor, AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com
How to Write a Thank You Note
How to Write a Thank You Note
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It might seem like outdated etiquette, however, knowing How to Write a Thank You Note is a critical skill that will help you build and foster relationships. Whether you're writing to a grandparent to thank them for a gift or to an interviewer for meeting with you, knowing what to write in a thank you card will be important knowledge. We're here to help you with some tips and tricks so you will know how to write a thank you letter. It doesn't have to be a struggle to express your gratitude. People will just appreciate that you took the time to acknowledge them.

Sending someone an e-mail or texting them gets the job done when it comes to thank you letters, but a handwritten thank you note says so much more. It tells your friends and family that you went out of your way to write something for them because they're worth it.

You might be wondering when sending a thank you note is appropriate. The answer is it's always appropriate to send a thank you note. Taking the time to thank someone for something they did for you is never a bad thing. There are situations where sending a letter of thanks isn't just common, but it's recommended. Whenever you receive a gift, interview for a job, or someone does something to help you in your professional or personal life, send them a thank you letter. They're going out of their way to help you in some way, so it's always a good idea to express your gratitude for their generosity. It fosters a positive connection between you and you will stand out in their mind as someone who is polite and gracious.

How to Write a Thank You Letter

What to Write in a Thank You Card

  1. Make a list of everyone you need to thank.
    If you're writing thank you notes for birthday or wedding gifts, make a note of what they gave you next to their name so you can mention it specifically in the letter.
    Don't forget to include anyone who pitched in to help with the planning, decorating, hosting, running errands, etc.

  2. The beginning is easy. Start with your greeting.
    Dear Grandma,
    Hello, Aunt Jeannie!

    Remember to make sure that you're using the correct form and spelling of the person's name.

  3. You can get right to the point when you're writing a thank you letter. Just start by expressing your gratitude!
    Thank you so much for...
    I really appreciated it when...
    You made my birthday so special by...
    I'm so grateful you were there when...

  4. Now, this is where you can get specific. Tell them how you plan to use or display their gift. It shows them that you appreciate the thought they put into your gift. Even if they gave you cash, tell them how you'll spend it!
    I can't wait to use the graduation money you sent to decorate my new apartment.
    The surprise party meant so much to me. Having you and all my family in one place was something special that I will never forget.
    When I wore the dress you gave me to school, so many people complimented me!

  5. Look ahead to the next time you might see them or let them know that you're thinking of them.
    I'm looking forward to seeing you at Susan's wedding! When are you getting into town?
    I hope everything is going well out in Colorado. I heard you got a ton of snow last week.
    You'll have to come by for dinner next week. I'll make that cake you love so much!

  6. Restate your "thank you" in different words near the end. Add a few details to thank them in a slightly different way.
    Thank you again for your generosity. I'm so excited about this summer. I'll be sure to send you a few postcards from Rome!
    We felt so blessed to have you with us on our special day. It meant so much to us that you made the long trip.

  7. End with your regards. You can say "sincerely" to anyone, but for closer relationships and family, you might want to choose something a little warmer or loving.
    With love,
    Yours truly,
    Love always,
    Best,

What are your thank you note tips and tricks?

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As always the tips never disappoint. Writing thank you notes is as important as making the invitation in the first place. I find all these tips useful and this is worth saving especially the body of the note itself. I am keeping all these ideas as favorites on my board of random life tips and hacks.

These are awesome ideas! I always have trouble deciding what to say in a thank you card, so this will definitely help me.

Thanks for the great ideas!

Thank you cards are so important but they can be such a pain. I remember having the worst time writing out thank yous for my graduation party. I also recommend making lists at the event or when you open stuff so you don't have to sit down and think about it forevs or accidentally forget someone.

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