Adulting / April 6, 2017

How to Write a Thank You Note

How to write a thank you note | Adulting tips on Hunting for Pink Flamingos

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.

Easy Thank You Note Template

  1. Thank them for the specific thing. (Thanks so much for the Starbucks gift card!)
  2. Talk about the emotion behind it. (It was so thoughtful/kind/generous of you.)
  3. Say something specific about it. (I love their white chocolate mochas, and I can’t wait to treat myself this Monday.)
  4. 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.

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