How to Write a Thank You Note

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This month I'll be writing lots of Thank you notes to family and friends. Why you may ask?

Well, the other weekend a dear friend of mine hosted an amazing Baby Shower in my honour. It was such a fun afternoon with a wonderful group of friends. Lots of laughs and bubbles (or mocktails for me anyway!)

Yes, we're expecting Baby No. 3! We're beyond thrilled, as it's been a looong journey to this point. I'm now, however, on the final stretch, and time is ticking down... So much to do, lots of lists to write, I'm loving it :)

 
Free Printable Thank You Card by TumbleweedPress.Co

After receiving a gift, hospitality or other kindness, you should send a thank you note and express your gratitude. It does not need to be lengthy, it just needs to be sent and a handwritten note is always best. So I'm sharing some quick and easy steps to help you write the perfect thank you note.

The basic rule is to send a Thank you note as soon as possible, but within a month is generally accepted. Any longer than that and you'll end up starting your note apologising for taking so long, which is never a great way to start.

 

Step One: The Greeting

Check your spelling and ensure that everyone's name is correct and the right formality for the occasion.

  • Dear Aunty June
  • Dear Sally and John
  • Dear Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson

Step Two: The Sentiment

Thank the person for their gift, hospitality, generosity or other kindness.

  • Thank you for your thoughtfulness...
  • Daniel and I want to thank you for...
  • Thank you so much for the book for my birthday.
  • We had an awesome time visiting Melbourne, thank you for your letting us stay with you.
  • Peter and I were so happy you could attend...
  • Thank you for the gorgeous baby shower gift.

Step Three: The Details

Be specific about the gift or gesture and how it made you feel, how you'll use it or what you are grateful for.

  • I appreciated {gesture} it really made my day.
  • I can't wait to read {name of the book}, {author} is one of my favourite Authors!
  • We look forward to using the {gift} at our next dinner party.
  • This will go towards the {relevant item} that I've been excited to get. {cash}
  • The baby shower was amazing, you truly outdid yourself! I loved how you {specific detail}.
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Step four: Looking Forward

Mention the next time you'll see them, return the favour etc.

  • Can't wait to catch up soon.
  • We're looking forward to hosting you in August.
  • I'm excited to see you again during the holidays.

Step Five: The Closing

Choose the appropriate closing for the relationship you have with the recipient of your note

  • Always,
  • Love,
  • Much love,
  • Regards,
  • With affection,
  • Sincerely,

And you're done! Keep it simple and to the point when writing a thank you note and just get it sent. If you found these tips helpful, be sure to let me know in the comments.

Free Printable Thank You Card by TumbleweedPress.Co

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