How to Write a Personal Thank You Note
Writing thank you notes can be learnedWriting thank you notes has become an obsolete practice. To the most recent two generations, thank you notes went out with moncler usa the stone age. The best we can hope for from the majority of young people is a “thx” in a text or in a tweet. But for those who are interested in starting this archaic, but most needful activity, this hub is for you.
Because of the effect of this digital age on our culture, where diminutive composition has moncler outlet online become the norm, many don’t really know what a thank you note looks like. Here you will find some tips, advice and samples to school you on how to express gratitude in the written word. The focus will on writing personal thank you notes for gifts, hospitality, kindnesses, cheap moncler jackets womens etc.
Writing implementsWhen in doubt, for adults, ink is best. For young children, it may be safest to use pencil if they are still learning to write. Ink just looks nicer. cheap moncler jackets If you want to be creative and artistic when uk moncler outlet writing a personal thank you note, different colors of ink are a nice touch, especially if you hand cheapmoncler make your card.
Hand written notes are best because they are more moncler outlet personal and reflect time and thought. However, type written is acceptable as cheap moncler coats mens well. Not everyone has legible handwriting or printing. Some are hindered by disabilities moncler womens jackets or other challenges that would hinder the process of writing a note by hand. If you are going to type your note you will not likely be able to type on a card. However, you can type a message and slip it into a note card. a colorful or elegant sheet of stationery, card.
The GenX er’s and Millenial’s don’t generally know what stationery is, so for that purpose I offer a definition and image.
Stationery, in the broader definition, is writing materials, such as paper, pens, pencils, ink and enveleopes. In the context of this hub, stationery is paper of certain size with accompanying envelopes. They come in varying sizes but are most often smaller than a standard sheet of notebook or computer paper. moncler outlet online They are also known as note paper or letterhead.
CardsMany choose to say thank you with a card. If you want to convey that you’re not interested in putting any time or thought into the note, then buy moncler outlet sale a card with a thank you sentiment already in it, sign it without any personal note, and send it. This is not to say buying a card with a beautiful sentiment of thanks is wrong, but it is moncler online store best, if you write a something in it to personalize it, especially if the sentiment already imprinted on the card is one sentence or a few words, such as THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTFULNESS.
The best choice of cards would be a card that is blank inside. This allows you to write what you would like to say, not what Hallmark thinks you should say. These uk moncler sale kinds of cards can come in a package (usually 10 12 note cards) with the words THANKS moncler sale online or THANK YOU on moncler outlet woodbury the cover and blank inside to write your own message. They are very small cards, decorative, and come with envelopes. I always have a stash of these cards in my desk and I use them often.
If you want to send a very special thank you, buying a blank card off the shelf with a beautiful or humorous image is a good way to go. The image could be of something the recipient likes, such as animals, hearts, flowers, angels etc. These are usually larger than the packaged cards. I recently bought three cards from a friend who is a photographer and makes them into cards.
If you are the creative, artsy type, hand discount moncler jackets making cards are the best of all. What can be more personal and meaningful than to receive an artistic, handmade card. I received a handmade card from a friend I stayed with, thanking me for being her guest (never received one of those before). In the meantime, my thank you card was en route to her mailbox. It was such a treat to receive her handmade card as I knew she put a lot of time and consideration into it.
If you have the resources, cards are a good choice for a thank you note. The colors and images make it a brighter thank you to the recipient.
Date your moncler uk outlet noteWhy bother with putting a date on your note? The cheap moncler jackets mens reason is that the recipient will remember the occasion when he looks at it in the future. I keep what I call a “warm fuzzy file.” It consists of notes of thanks, birthday cards, drawings and photos with sentimental value. They are encouraging and heart warming. I am always disappointed when there is no date to remind me of the occasion if it’s not coming to me.
Dating for personal than you notes can be written in any form you choose.
The greetingNow it is time to get started with the message. The greeting need not be fancy. Most people will begin their note with “Dear Rebecca.” That is standard and appropriate in every situation. If you are addressing it to an intimate friend or family member, a more casual, or expressive greeting can be used, like using a nickname or term of endearment, but keep it appropriate to the person and situation and don’t be too flippant or silly as it detracts from the serious heart of the message, which is your gratitude.
Start with the thank youThe opening is the most important part of the message. You want to get right to the point, which is to express your gratitude and recognize their thoughtfulness, kindness, and/or generosity. Let’s say Aunt moncler sale outlet Wilma sent you a handmade quilt for Christmas:
I am so thrilled with the quilt you sent and I so appreciate your taking all the time and care that moncler sale went into making it. I feel so honored.
There are many variations that you could use, but you want to make it more interesting and meaningful than “Thank you for the quilt.” If you are not the creative type, it will be fine, but if at all possible, try to make it a little more enthusiastic. Here are some more examples:
Thank you so much for the amazing quilt. What a treat. I am so thrilled.
How can I moncler outlet store say adequately thank you for the beautiful handmade quilt. I am so deeply touched for the time, labor and love that went into making it. What a privilege to receive one of your famous works of art.
To receive a handmade quilt is a really moncler outlet prices big deal. Even if you don’t like it, you can at least appreciate the love, time, and labor that went into it; so Aunt Wilma needs a very enthusiastic thanks. A simple “Thank you for the quilt. It was very nice of you,” sounds rather ho hum and generic. She is using words that reveal the extent of her emotions “thrilled,” “deeply touched,” “honored,” “privileged.”
It is not going too far by expressing your being honored. Quilts are expensive, and time consuming to make. It can be a painstaking process. Aunt Wilma does not pound out a quilt a week, and she seldom gives them away because of cheap moncler sale the cost, time, and labor.
Now if Aunt Wilma sent you a scarf from Walmart, you might not go quite that far, but you do want to make it meaningful:
Thank you so much for the beautiful scarf. It was so thoughtful of you.
Thanks for the nice scarf. It was nice of you.
Do you see the difference? The first one uses the words “so much,” “beautiful scarf,” and “thoughtful.” Whereas the second one is nondescript and general. Stay best moncler jackets away from generic, general words like “nice,” “neat,” or “cool.”
Of course there are other situations for which you write a thank you note. But the same guidelines apply. If you went to a dinner party or stayed the weekend with a friend, thank your hostess/host for her/his/their hospitality and recognize their kindness in having you.
Thank you so much for your hospitality this weekend. Rick and I so enjoyed our stay there. It was so kind (generous, thoughtful, etc) to have us to your home for the weekend.