The art of the thank you note

Thank you cards from Marshalls. I didn't pay full price for fabulous-ness.
Thank you cards from Marshalls. I didn’t pay full price for fabulous-ness.

Gifts, gadgets and  goodies oh my! December 25 came and went with plenty of holiday hoopla. I personally hope everyone enjoyed the day with family, friends and food (while remembering calories don’t count during Christmas).

Now drag yourself out of the hot cocoa coma because it’s time to say “thank you.”

Contrary to popular belief, a thank you note never goes out of style and is always welcome. Here are a few tips to ensure your gift-giver’s generosity doesn’t go unnoticed.

  • Be quick about it. A note takes but a few minutes to write, but will give the recipient warm fuzzies for days.
  • Be personal and sincere while mentioning what you received and how you plan on using it. Example:

Dear Grandma,

Thank you for the gifts. They are great.

versus

Dear Grandma,

Thank you so much for the katana. You know how much I love Michonne from the The Walking Dead, so this was a well-planned gift. Hopefully I won’t have to put it to use, but should the zombie apocalypse happen, I will be slicing and dicing.

  • If you receive some cash-money or gift cards, relate to the giver what you plan to use it for.
  • As you would with any email, spell check! And rmbr that gma prbly doesn’t txt enough 2 no this lingo. K bye.
  • Nervous about writing in ink because you have commitment issues? Work out a rough draft in pencil first and follow up with a pen.

While author Sarah Ban Breathnach may have been slightly exaggerating when she said, “Every time we remember to say ‘thank you,’ we experience nothing less than heaven on earth,” I think her thought process is on point. Say thank you because gratitude is the best gift you can give.

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