What to Say in Thank-You Notes

by Jennifer Malloy

Thank-you notes are kind gestures to show appreciation for a gift, a service or simply for someone’s friendship. Thank-you cards should be specific, short and to the point. They are about the giver and the gift. Send thank-you notes for wedding gifts within one month of the wedding, and within two weeks for other occasions or services. Though ready-made cards are available, writing your own message of thanks in a blank card or on stationery makes the message more personal.

Notes for Wedding Gifts

After a wedding, a new couple must face the large task of writing thank-you notes. Each gift should be named specifically, with a short note to say what you are planning on doing with the gift or how helpful it will be in your marriage. Here are some examples.

Dear Helen,

Thank you so much for the set of cooking pans. We both love to cook, and the pans have already been useful as we make our favorite recipes and discover new ones together.

Dear Uncle Paul,

We really appreciate the tool set you gave us. Scott is looking forward to using the tools as we start fixing up our new home.

Notes for Money

If you receive a monetary gift, do not thank the giver specifically for the money, as some people might see that as being tacky. Let the giver know what your plans are for the gift. For example:

Dear Joan,

Thank you for your generous gift. It will be helpful as I continue to save up for college.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Davis,

I was excited to receive your gift in the mail last week. I used it to take my fiancée out for a nice dinner, something we don’t get to do very often. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Notes for Service

Acts of service come in a variety of ways. Maybe someone brought you dinner when you were sick, or a friend hosted a dinner party. Express your gratefulness for the service and how you felt about it. A thank-you note for a party can also include something you liked about the event.

Dear Amanda,

The dinner you brought over was a lifesaver for our family. Thank you for your kindness when I was sick.

Dear Brad,

I really appreciate the time you took in making last night’s dinner party a success. The food was delicious, and I had a great time catching up with our old friends.

About the Author

Jennifer Malloy has been a writer, editor, and copy editor since 2000. She graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and creative writing. She currently works as a magazine editor for an international children's magazine.