If you were a lucky recipient of some of the amazing graduation gifts we posted, then you know what you need to do now … It’s time to say thank you. I’m a big believer in thank you notes. I like to write them with a pen, on a beautiful card and send them in the mail.
In this modern age, lots of people don’t think thank you notes are necessary. People think a quick text or email is sufficient. I disagree. If someone went to the effort to do something nice for you, how hard is it to pick up a pen and say thank you? Do you have someone you need to send a card to? Even if you think it’s been too long, it hasn’t. Everyone loves getting a note in the mail, and it doesn’t matter how much time has passed. A thank you note is the ultimate way to show gratitude.
So, with that in mind, go get a pen and a note card, and let’s write a thank you note!
- Start with a name: It’s important to know who gave you the gift. If it was your grandparents address them both, if it was a whole family, write the note to the whole family!
- Express your thanks: If you don’t say it anywhere else, at least you’ve said it at the beginning. There are lots of ways to say thank you. Something as simple as “I appreciate…” or “It really meant a lot” work just as well and show the thought and effort you’ve put into your note.
- Mention the gift: This is when it helps to write a note early. Sometimes you forget what exactly the gift was! I always say a little something about the gift. If someone was thoughtful enough to give money or a gift card, I let the person know what I’m going to do with it. “Your gift was so generous. I’m going to use it to help me backpack through Europe for the Summer.”
- Mention the giver: This is where you can ask how the family is doing or if Uncle John is out on parole yet (maybe not that, but you get the idea!).
- Thanks again: I like to end a thank you note by saying thank you. Usually for me it’s just “Thanks again for thinking of me.” Here’s where you get to be you. Say what you would say if the person was there.
- Mail it: I actually have thank you notes that my sons wrote for their birthday gifts … last year! Put the note in an envelope, address it, put a stamp on it, and mail it. It’s not doing anyone any good on your desk!
Now you’re done! Way to be grateful!
I think thank you note writers are a dying breed. I do it for every gift and I make my kids write them too. It really does drive me nuts when I send a gift in the mail (lots of nieces and nephews) and you never even hear if they received it. I think it’s very important to continue an actual written note but at this point I’d appreciate even a nice email or a text! My husband says to stop sending things but I blame the parents for not teaching them properly. I sound like an old lady.
I am most definitely not an old lady…and I think thank you notes are important too! I have school age twins and I am still STUNNED by how often we bring a gift to a birthday party (and it’s often!) and get no thank you. Not an e-mail, not a text, never mind a proper note!