If you are not a consummate thank you note writer, the holidays are a great time to get back into the habit. It’s also the perfect time to teach your children the importance of this valuable, but unfortunately not widespread, modern manner.
Thank You Note Basics
Thank you are always appropriate, – whether you received a physical present, attended a holiday party or were the recipient of sweet treats or a timely favor – a note is a great way to show your gratitude.
I want to make it as easy for you as possible, so I consulted my friends at Hallmark – if anyone knows about greetings, it’s my friends at Hallmark. They offer the following guidance on what to include:
- Greeting. Don’t forget to make sure you’re using the correct form and spelling of the person’s name, as well as anyone else’s mentioned in the note.
- Express your thanks. Begin with the two most important words: Thank you.
- Add specific details. Tell them how you plan to use or display their gift. It shows them that you really appreciate the thought that went into it. Even if it’s cold hard cash, describe how you’ll spend the stuff.
- Look ahead. Mention the next time you might see them, or just let them know you’re thinking of them.
- Restate your thanks. Add details to thank them in a different way.
- End with your regards. “Sincerely” is a safe standby, but for closer relationships, you might choose a warmer option.
As soon as you possible is the best answer, but within a week or two is appropriate – everyone understand the hustle and bustle of the season.
Again in an effort to make it as easy as possible for you, we have created a printable set of four simple thank you notes for you to download and complete. Click here for the PDF.
We even created a fill-in-the-blank version so you can get your children started early. Click here to download the children’s version.
And while we are on the subject… Thank You for visiting with me here at Behind the Scenes Belle. I love sharing my ideas on easy entertaining, everyday hospitality and modern manners, and greatly appreciate the time you spend with me.
Stay humble, work hard, be kind. (and say Thank You!)