Thank You Card Examples

by Barbie Carpenter

Thank you cards are a thoughtful way to express your gratitude. Thank your wedding guests for giving you a gift or a business for interviewing you. Choose wording appropriate for each occasion when composing your thank you card. Rather than using generic wording, personalize your note by talking specifically about the gift, event or interview. Your recipients will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Gift Thank You Cards

Whether you received a gift for a birthday, engagement party, wedding or retirement party, you should hand-write a customized thank you card to each guest who gave you a gift. Name the gift specifically—“Thank you for the place setting.” Then, talk about how you look forward to using the gift, or identify why you like this gift in particular—this text will make guests feel good about their purchase. For example, your thank you note can say, “Tim and I look forward to using our place settings when we host Thanksgiving next month.” In this note, you can also take time to express your gratitude for the guest attending your event, if you had one—“We had a wonderful time at our wedding and were thrilled you could join us in celebration.”

Event Thank You Cards

You might not feel obligated to send a thank you card to the host of an event you attend, but the recipient of such a note will surely appreciate your kindness. Send the thank you card to the person, couple or group hosting the event—address it to all of the hosts. Name the event—“Thank you for hosting the Fourth of July barbecue at your lovely home.” Then note something memorable about the event—“The food was fantastic and the company even better. We especially enjoyed your fireworks display.” Close by opening the door for a repeat—'We would love to see you and the kids again soon for more fun.”

Job Interview Thank You

You might not think of a thank you after a job interview, but it's the closing piece of Emily Post's interview-etiquette list. You don’t want to be over the top, so keep this note short and to the point. Address the note to your point of contact at the business; if a group interviewed you, send them separate thank you cards. State your appreciation for the interview—“Thank you for interviewing me yesterday for the position in public relations.” Talk about the company based on something you learned in the interview—“I enjoyed learning about your company’s public-relations initiatives, particularly the events you are planning.” Finally, discuss future contact—“I look forward to hearing from you soon about this position. If you have any additional questions for me, please do not hesitate to call.” Sign your full name at the end of the card, and repeat your contact information to make it convenient to call and offer you the job.

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About the Author

Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.