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How to write a thank-you note in 5 easy steps

It’s easy to think of thank you note writing after the holidays as a chore, but it is truly training for a life-long skill. Sure you may start with thank yous to Grandma for lego sets and socks, but later, the same skills will be tapped after staying at someone’s home, following a college or job interview, or anytime someone goes out of their way to be kind.

Both my husband and I were taught to write thank-you notes. “Don’t even think of using GI Joe without thanking your Aunt first.” As a part of the letter-writing generation, we also taught our children this skill. We stressed to them that there is no technological way to replace the art of writing a thank you note. No text, no emoji, not even an email will suffice.

So, after a little research and a lot of experience, I’ve broken down the thank-you note writing process into 5 easy steps.

1. Send your thank-you note as soon as possible.

2. Tailor your greeting:

  • Dear Mrs. Maisel,
  • Hi Grandma and Grandpa!
  • Hello Sophie,

3. Express your gratitude for the gift/service (think about the time they took to shop or help):

  • Thank you so much for the ___________.
  • Thank you for your generosity.
  • I am grateful for your kindness.

4. Tell why you love the gift, how you’re going to use it or why you enjoyed the experience:

  • The earrings you sent are perfect. I wear them all the time and receive lots of compliments.
  • I’m going to save the money you sent for a bike I’m planning to buy.
  • Thank you for your hospitality. Staying in your cozy home, made our holidays special.

5. Say thank you again and choose your valediction (sign-off words)

  • Sincerely,
  • Kindest Regards,
  • Fondly,
  • Best Regards,
  • Respectfully,
  • Love,
  • Warmly,
  • Many Thanks,

It’s never too late to thank someone for thinking of you when you’re sick, sending you a hand-made scarf when it’s cold, or for giving you a shot at a job. The hardest part is starting. So run to the Dollar Store for a pack of thank you cards, find some stationery, or grab a 3×5 notecard and simply say thanks. 

 

2 thoughts on “How to write a thank-you note in 5 easy steps

  1. Thank You for taking the time to remind us how this can absolutely put a smile on someone’s face! Who doesn’t love snail mail!

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