How to Word Thank You Cards

silver thank you image by Brett Mulcahy from Fotolia.com

You can’t go wrong sending a handwritten thank-you note. Emails take little time or thought, and store-bought cards can be too general and impersonal. A handwritten thank-you card is a personal form of acknowledgment and connection, according to Mary Mitchell, author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Etiquette” and “Class Acts.” Leslie Harpold of "The Morning News" agrees that there is no more sincere expression of gratitude than the time you take in wording your own thank-you note.

thank image by Mykola Velychko from Fotolia.com

Greet the giver, advises Harpold. In our foreshortened communications today, many of us may have become accustomed to leaving off greetings and names.

best friends image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com

Express your gratitude for the gift. Thank the person and mention the specific gift, except when it involves money. Harpold recommends thanking someone for their kindness or generosity when money is the subject of your thank-you.

businesman thinking image by forca from Fotolia.com

Acknowledge the effort, expense and energy the person put into your gift. Perhaps they considered your favorite color or found out what you most needed at the time.

old soft fur warm slippers image by Astroid from Fotolia.com

Talk about how you use or have used the gift specifically. Share an anecdote from your life concerning your use of the gift that expresses your gratitude in a concrete way.

family image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com

Acknowledge how the person fits into your life, recommends Harpold. You might allude to the occasion for the gift or a meeting that will happen in the future.

old love letter image by Rog999 from Fotolia.com

Finish your thank-you note with a final thank-you and sign your name.

Most Recent

×