How to Write a Thank You Note
I’ve written a lot of thank you notes over the past few months, and I know that I’m going to have a lot more to write soon. (We’re 85 days from the wedding!) However, I pretty much get through “Dear Grandma, Thank you so much for the gift!” and then I’m stuck.
So I went to my sister, who is the thank you note queen. (I’m pretty sure she finished her 200+ high school graduation thank yous in two weeks.) This is the formula she recommends.
- Thank them for the specific thing. (Thanks so much for the Starbucks gift card!)
- Talk about the emotion behind it. (It was so thoughtful/kind/generous of you.)
- Say something specific about it. (I love their white chocolate mochas, and I can’t wait to treat myself this Monday.)
- Thank them again.
* #2 and #3 are interchangeable.
I used her formula when I wrote my Christmas and wedding shower thank yous, and it really did make life easier. She also suggested that I could throw in things like “Thanks for all your support,” or “Thanks for being the best grandma!” to add a little more length to the card.
Other tips from Hannah:
- Always have thank you notes or blank note cards on hand.
- Always have stamps on hand.
I’d also add that I don’t use the gift or gift card until the thank you note is written and in the mail. And if possible, I leave the item in a really inconvenient place so I have more motivation to write the card and get the item out of my way.
Thanks for reading!
P.S. The thank you notes pictured are from Target.