Writing a Thank You Note

Writing A Thank You Note

We are reminded of how kind our friends and family are around the holidays. They throw parties, house out-of-town guests, and present fantastic gifts. With so many ways to communicate, it’s simple to send a fast email or text to express gratitude, but spending the time to compose a handwritten letter is far more significant.

Thank you cards demonstrate to your friends and family that you appreciate what they done for you and that you took the time to think on their generosity. Writing a thank you note, on the other hand, might be difficult. What do you think? Is your letter too brief? Are you droning on? Do the words reflect your true feelings of gratitude?

We’ve put together some guidelines and examples on how to write a thank you note to help you draft the ideal note. When writing your thank you note, there are six stages you should take:

  1. Greet

Begin your message by addressing it to the addressee. Check that their name is appropriately spelled. If you’re thanking an entire family, address each member individually.

Depending on your connection with the receiver, the greeting might be professional or casual. Here are several examples:

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  • Dear – This is the most formal greeting. It is best used if you are addressing someone that you respect (like an older relative) or someone you aren’t as close to.
  • Hi – This is a more conversational greeting. It’s commonly used with people you are more comfortable with.
  • Hey there – This is the most casual greeting. It can be used when thanking close friends and family
  1. Express thanks

Tell the recipient what you’re thankful for. There are many ways you can express this beyond just saying “thanks”.

  • Thank you for ____.
  • I so appreciate ___.
  • I’m grateful that ___.
  1. Elaborate

Explain why you like the present or loved the event they held. Explain what you intend to do with any money or gift cards you were given. Make it a point to express your gratitude to the person who received the thank you note.

  • I really like how _________.
  • I’m going to use this for ___.
  • I had so much fun _______.
  1. Make it Personal

Take it a step further and remind them of what you like about them, not simply the gift or the event they organized. If you have a long relationship with the thank you card recipient, you may be able to recollect a memory that the gift triggered.

  • I’m so blessed that you ___________.
  • Your gift reminded me of that time ______.
  • You’re always so ____________.
  1. Look Ahead

Let them know you’re thinking about them and looking forward to reconnecting. You can express your want to see them again or send your own invitation.

  • I hope to see you when ____________.
  • Let’s get together soon and _________.
  • I can’t wait until ___________.
  1. Sign off

End with a warm salutation and a signature. The salutation can vary depending on how close you are to the recipient.

  • Sincerely – This is not as personal as other salutations, and is good for people you aren’t as close to.
  • Thanks again – This gives you the opportunity to restate your thanks, and is a good closing to any thank you letter.
  • Love always – This is the most affectionate closing and should be used with close family members and friends.

Reasons to Send a Thank You Note

It is customary to write thank you letters not just for presents, but also for people’s assistance and hospitality, as well as after a job interview. According to an AYTM poll, the most prevalent reasons for sending thank you letters are gifts and events. However, if you truly appreciate someone’s assistance, don’t be afraid to thank them!

Writing A Thank You Note

Thank You Note Dos and Don’ts

Before you get started, here are a few more thank you note tips. Remember, you don’t have to write a lengthy thank you note to show your appreciation. A sincere, personalized note is just as meaningful.

Thank You Messages

You’re ready to get started now that you know what a nice thank you note looks like! If you’re still unsure how to convey your gratitude, we’ve included some thank you note samples. They are divided into four categories — general thank you messages, thank you messages for gifts, thank you messages for hospitality, and thank you messages for aid — to help you discover the perfect wording for your note.

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  • Thanks a million!
  • You’re the best.
  • You always know how to make me smile.
  • I’m so touched by your thoughtfulness.
  • You made my day.
  • I’m blessed to have you in my life.
  • I appreciate your kindness.
  • I’m so grateful for you.
  • Thanks for thinking of me!
  • From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
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  • You always know just what I need.
  • I love the _. It reminds me of _.
  • I was so excited to get _______.
  • You have such great taste!
  • I can’t wait to use ______.
  • Your _ made me feel so special!
  • Your gift was so thoughtful. I love it!
  • I can’t thank you enough for _.
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  • Thanks so much for hosting! I had a great time catching up.
  • Thanks for inviting me!
  • Your _ was so much fun! I’ll always remember ___.
  • I’m so happy that I could spend with you.
  • Thanks for making me feel right at home!
  • You always throw such good _. Glad I could be part of it.
  • I had such a wonderful time!
  • I always have a blast when we’re together.
  • I’m so grateful that . I couldn’t have done it without you.
  • Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule.
  • It was so nice of you to ____.
  • Thank you so much! I owe you one.
  • Thanks for always being there when I need you.
  • Thanks for your help! I’m so lucky to have you in my life.
  • Your help meant the world to me!
  • You have no idea how much _ meant to me.