A lot of people have trouble writing thank you notes.
This is a real shame, because there is nothing more important in life than showing your appreciation for a good deed, a good gift, or a job well done.
Let's go over the basics of writing a thank you note. And below, you can check out some popular thank you note examples.
What Youâ€™ll Need
First things first. Letâ€™s make sure weâ€™ve got everything we need to write a proper thank you note.
Thatâ€™s right folks. Not a pencil, but a pen. Thank Yous are forever! Black or blue is the most common because you can actually read the ink. Don't make things difficult on your color-blind Aunt Linda.
A Card or Stationary
If youâ€™re in a pinch, you can get away with writing a note on whatever is available. But since you're taking the time to read this, you probably have enough time to procure a nice card or thank you stationery.
Chances are, you know why youâ€™re thanking someone. However, there are certain times, like after a wedding or a large birthday party, when you may not remember who gave you what.
Youâ€™ll want to use some sort of system if you need to write thank you notes for multiple recipients at once. Check out our tutorial on writing wedding thank you notes for help on organizing and executing a large number of thank you cards.
A Thank You Quote (Optional)
A good thank you note will show that you put in some effort. So, consider seeking out an appropriate quote to help sum up your feelings of gratitude. If you pick the right quote, itâ€™ll make your card look legit.
First, avoid saying anything like, "I did not expect such a nice gift." This comes off as though you weren't expecting this person to actually be generous. If someone did give you a gift that exceeded your expectations, consider using something along these lines:
"I am so thankful for your incredible generosity."
Second, when you mention the deed or gift for which you're thankful, try to make it seem as elegant as possible. So, â€Thanks for helping me cram for the SATâ€ becomes, "I Can't thank you enough for helping me study for the SAT".
One of the biggest faux pas when saying thank you is making the good deed seem less than spectacularly generous. When putting a thank you on paper, the risk goes up that much more.
3. Elaborate - Why Are You So Grateful?
After your initial declaration of thanks, youâ€™ll want to add a sentence or two elaborating why exactly youâ€™re so grateful.
1. Donation - "It is because of caring Donors such as yourself that we are able to carry out our mission."
2. Tutoring - "I just got my results back today and my math score was better by 200 points!"
3. Graduation - "You have no idea how much it meant to me when I looked up and saw you in the audience."
4. Make it Personal
Now that youâ€™ve established why youâ€™re so thankful, add something personal so that the recipient knows youâ€™ve been thinking about them. Also, by adding a personal touch, you'll prove that you didnâ€™t outsource your thank you notes to India.
1. Donation - "I was so happy to see you at the membership gala last fall. Please tell your wife Cindy how much I envied her beautiful dress."
2. Tutoring - "I learned a lot during all those study sessions at the library, but, you know, we had so many laughs it usually didnâ€™t even feel like we were studying."
3. Graduation - "You have been such a huge role model for me growing up, Iâ€™ll never forget our fishing trips together on the Outer Banks. Even if we never did catch many fish..."
5. Reiterate Your Gratitude, and Look To The Future
Alright, weâ€™re almost done. At the end of your note you should reiterate how grateful you are.
Also, consider mentioning something about the future. If you can reciprocate something of value to the recipient, now is the time to do so.
1. Donation - "Again, thank you so much. I look forward to seeing you at the next MOS event."
2. Tutoring - "I truly am so grateful. If you ever need a reference for another student, I would be honored. Just give me a ring."
3. Graduation - "So, thanks Grandpa. I canâ€™t wait to see you at the family reunion this fall. If youâ€™re around Boston at all before then, let me know! Iâ€™ll fix dinner for you."
6. Sign Off
Again, this isnâ€™t a text message. In order to complete your thank you note, youâ€™ll need a good valediction. Here are a few examples:
- Sincerely, Mark Roth, - Lovingly, Your Granddaughter, - Warmly, Diana M. - Many Thanks, Samantha