How to Write a Thank You Note for a Gift

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When someone gives you a gift, it's customary, and polite, to write the person a thank you note. Even if you did not particularly like the gift, you should still write a thank you note to express your gratitude for their kindness in thinking of you. Birthdays, graduations, weddings and bridal and baby showers are typical times when thank you notes should be written to gift givers. Follow these steps to write a short, sincere thank you note.

Get out the pen and paper. Handwritten notes are more personal and generally better appreciated than e-mail or typed notes.

Greet the note's recipient then start by saying something other than "thank you." If you saw the person recently, mention how nice it was to see them. If not, write that you hope they are doing well. For example, write something like, "I'm so glad you were able to celebrate my birthday at the party last week" or "I hope this note finds you happy and healthy."

Thank the person for the gift. Use words like generous, thoughtful and sweet, but be sincere. Describe the gift in detail using a few adjectives. If the gift was money, refer to it as a "gift" and list an appropriate way you plan to use it. This part of the note should be two to three sentences. For example, write something like, "Thank you so much for the cute purple sweater. It was so thoughtful of you to remember my favorite color, and I can't wait to wear it to school this fall!" Or you could write something to the effect of, "Thank you very much for the generous birthday gift. I plan on buying some great souvenirs on my upcoming beach vacation."

End the note by wishing the person well if you did not begin the note that way. If you did, you may add another pleasantry, such as saying you hope to see them soon. Then sign your name.