It’s simply good etiquette, not to mention polite, to send a thank you note whenever someone has gone out of their way to do something nice for you or someone in your family. It may be a gift for a birthday or other special occasion, helping you out of a difficult situation, or even being there for emotional support.
Thank you cards have been, for many years, such an integral component in positive relationships. If you’re not too good at keeping up with writing letters or letting people around you know that you care about them and the things they’ve done to help you through struggles, you could wind up facing those issues alone in the future.
People may say ‘thank you’ cards or notes are not necessary, but they are polite and the right thing to do. Follow these 4 tips on writing thank you cards and you’ll end up making them perfect every single time.
Whether it’s a bulk thank you card or stationary upon which you’re going to write this letter, make sure you don’t skimp and try to save as much money as possible on them. If you buy 25 thank you cards at the dollar store, for example, it’s not saying much to your intended audience.
Make a quality investment in something nice. It’s the least you should do after what they did for you or your loved one.
Hand write your notes.
It’s certainly easy to type out thank you letters and mail them, but not only could you mass produce these letters, it’s not as personal as hand written notes. You can certainly type out what you want to say on the computer (which can help you avoid constantly crossing out words as you edit your thoughts), but always make sure you transfer that content to your card or letter in your own hand.
Make sure you rely on quality penmanship. What good will it do your intended recipient if they can’t decipher your chicken scratch? You may be sitting there thinking you don’t have good handwriting to begin with, but when you slow the process down, it will be a lot better than just scribbling through quickly to get it done.
You want to be as specific as possible. Address the person or people by name in the salutation. Also talk about exactly what they did for you that prompted this thank you card. If they bought a gift for you or a child, for example, mention the exact gift.
“Thank you so much for the $25 gift card to Toys R Us. Jacob is really going to enjoy picking something out!”
If you wait a couple of months before actually sending out your thank you cards, it’s telling those people they’re not really all that much of a priority for you. Try to get this done as soon as possible. Make it a priority because whatever they did for you was important enough for them.
When you follow these tips, you’ll be producing great thank you cards every single time.
Written by G. T. Hedlund