My parents have always taught me the importance of writing thank you notes. I think people really appreciate the effort when you send them a handwritten note, as opposed to an email. I'm known as a bit of a thank you note guru among my friends, and I was surprised at how often they ask me for advice. I've also gotten a few emails about it, so I thought I'd do a guide with tips!
First, I always start with nice stationery. I prefer monogrammed stationery or stationery with my name. There are so many different designs on Etsy (and I love that the majority is made in the U.S.), with many at different price points. Here are some I love:
Veronica Foley--$15 for 12
Sincerely Yours Paper--$25 for 20
Nancy Nikko Design--$16.95 for 15
Rosso Stamp Co.--$28
Second, I do a rough draft on a notepad to make sure I don't mess up on my nice stationery.
I send two thank you notes per year to an organization that gives me a scholarship, since the scholarship covers 2 semesters of book expenses.
Here are some tips I stick to:
-Timing is important! I try to send my notes out no later than one week after I received the gift.
-Never mention money if you received a cash gift; instead, thank them for their "generous gift," and maybe tell them that you're excited to purchase a new comforter, jacket, etc. with their gift.
-Make the note personal and try to avoid a message that's too generic.
Here is the general outline I stick to:
1. Start the first paragraph with "Thank you (so much) for the ______.
2. Tell the recipient how you plan to use the item. I also try to say something nice about the item. If it's not necessarily my style, I focus on one aspect I love, such as the color, pattern, or monogram.
3. I start closing the note by telling the recipient that I enjoyed seeing him/her at the party, that it was so nice of them to think of me during my graduation, etc. I also tell them that I hope to see him/her at ____ soon.
4. I thank the recipient again.
5. Wrap it up with your regards.
I also have a little stamper that I stamp on the back of the envelope around the seal. I won one in a blog giveaway during college, and instead of getting my address around the circle, I got my name around the circle twice, so I could use it wherever I live! I like this one.
Are you a fan of thank you notes? Any tips that I missed? Have a great day!
Miss Southern Prep