Thank You Notes

I always get lost in tradition. There’s something embedded in the fabric of our souls, our society that weaves us all together – that’s tradition. We get so lost sometimes, but when we return home, there’s peace. That’s a little dramatic for an introduction to thank you cards – but the tradition of sending a handwritten thank you note is a lost art. It seems so rare these days when a simple text “THX” can be cleared in under a minute. How sad?

So – when should a thank you card get sent? How do you write a thank you note? What do I even need? Can my kids be involved? Do I have to?

Alright, alright – I promise it isn’t that bad. Once you sit down and begin writing, the warmth that will grow within you is extraordinary.

When To Send:

Time time frame is really contingent on why you’re sending the thank you. Classic etiquette suggests the following:

  • Receiving a gift: 1-2 days
    • Wedding gift: 6 weeks
    • Christmas gift: 4 weeks
    • Wedding shower: 1 week
  • Job interview: 24 hours
  • Graduation gifts: 4 weeks

It isn’t necessary to send a hostess a thank you, unless you were the guest of honor. I do recommend bring a bottle of wine, candy, or flowers as a thank you when you arrive to a dinner party.

What To Say:

For a gift

Dear ________,

Thank you so much for the thoughtful _________. I cannot wait to (use, create, enjoy, etc.) ____________. (This is a great time to say what you’re looking forward to doing or what memories you’ll be creating with the object, depending on what it is). 

I really appreciate the thoughtful gift. 

Hope to see you soon.

Best,

__________

For a host/hostess:

Dear ______,

Thank you so much for throwing a wonderful party – we had a great time. Dinner was incredible and we really appreciate everything you did! I’ll have to get the recipe for the ______ from you. 

Looking forward to getting together again soon.

Best,

________

Supplies:

You can always pick up great thank you notes at Target or your local Hallmark store. To start your kids of early – grab blank cards and have them color on them. Or get yourself in the DIY mix and test out your crafting. I love adding that personal touch, and honestly, it means more to the recipient of the card.

When a Text Works:

It is 2018 – and texts do come in handy to show your gratitude. Throw a text after a big party (like the Halloween party we hosted) and that should be 100% clear.

 

Happy writing!

xo love kim

 

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