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September 14, 2018 Misc. Thanks 5 comments

But if you're not one of those lucky few, feigning gratitude does the trick just as well. Force a smile, and happiness follows. Act grateful and, well.

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”
– G.B. Stern

Like any other task, I like to complete thank you cards both effectively and efficiently.

  • Effective: Making sure it has the intended result.  We’ll think through the purpose of thank you cards and how to word your thank you note.
  • Efficient: Get it written quickly.  I’ve  put together an easy template for your thank you card – so you can ensure your thank you cards can be written efficiently, but still hit all the right notes.

Don’t rush through thank you cards – they matter. I just like to make sure I have a plan.

The Purpose Of Thank You Cards

A thank you card has a single purpose: to convey your appreciation to the person who gave you a gift, or did you a favor.

This is important, because before you send a thank you card you need to ask yourself – have I conveyed my appreciation?

Here are some questions to keep in mind as you think about what you want to say in the card:

  • Is my appreciation sincere?
  • Am I holding anything back?
  • Is there something I appreciate about this gift that I haven’t mentioned?

How To Word Your Thank You Card

 

I break my thank you cards into three parts.

1: The Greeting

A lot of people rush to scribble “Dear Jane,” and decide they’re finished with the greeting – on to the card! However, the greeting is extremely important and deserves to be crafted.

Consider the different words you could use:

  • “Dear Jane,” – This is formal.  I rarely use this unless addressing family or very close friends. In that instance, the use of the term Dear actually comes across as what it means – rather than giving the impression of a thank you card written at arm’s length.
  • “My Dear Jane,” or “My Dearest Jane,” – This I typically see used in addressing significant others, or people addressing their family such as children, grand-children and and nieces/nephews.
  • “Hi Jane,” or “Hey Jane,” conveys a more casual letter and is useful for acquaintances turning into closer friends.   Depending on your relationship with the person, this informality can help deepen your relationship instead of using Dear – particularly if the gift or favor they did for you helped bring you closer together.
  • “Hi Jane!” or “Hey Jane!” – Still casual, but now – with excitement!
  • “Jane,” – I strongly recommend against doing this. With nothing preceding a name, it can come across as blunt, cold – and rushed. You don’t want to give the impression that your letter was dashed off as an afterthought.  An exception to this is if you are writing a thank you card for a work colleague, and want to ensure the card does not come across as overly friendly.
  • “Hi,” – Even worse than just their name is leaving off their name.  In How To Win Friends And Influence People, one of my favorite personal development books, Dale Carnegie writes “a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” Want to know the most sour sound? Perhaps the absence of their name where it should be.
  • So which do I recommend?  “Hey Jane!” I like my thank you cards to immediately pop with the excitement and emotion I have from the gift or the favor.  Especially if it’s around Christmas time, and people are receiving lots of Thank You cards – I want to make sure that my genuine thanks comes across and doesn’t sound generic.

2: The Body

The meat of your thank you card.  Lets talk about the words, phrasing and content you want to use here:

  • Express Emotion.  In most of my writing I stick to facts and get straight to the point. In thank you cards, this is the time to express gratitude and emotion. Unlike my usual writing, I will expand and take my time to ensure emotion and gratitude fills the card.
  • Be Specific.  While you don’t want to stick to just the facts, it’s good to point out specifics.
  • Remember The Past and Paint The Future.  While you don’t always have to do this, I like to discuss how the person’s gift and actions have improved my life – and how it is going to help me in the future. People like to know that what they have done has made a difference – so if it has, tell them!

3: The Closing

The closing is the last thing people read, so you should word it in a way that is consistent with the purpose of the card, and with the wording of the body preceding it.  Common closings include:

  • “Sincerely, Sid” – I don’t particularly like using this unless I want to keep my thank you card very formal and at arm’s length.  Remember, we are trying to convey appreciation and deepen our relationship – this closing accomplishes neither.
  • “Love, Sid” – I typically use this for family only. Some people may use it for family and close friends.
  • “Thank You, Sid” – All these are appropriate and some variation of “Thank You” is my most common closing. Varitions include: “Many thanks, Sid” , “Thank You So Much, Sid”, “Thanks, Sid
  • “Take Care, Sid” – I will sometimes use this if I know that the favor, present or perhaps just the person’s life a the time is genuinely difficult and I want to close with empathy.  If so, my last line in my body will lead into this.
  • When in doubt, I recommend keeping it simple – you can’t go wrong with “Thank You, Sid”

Keeping these considerations in mind, lets review my thank you card template.

Thank You Card Template

Just like any other correspondence, I like my thank you cards, emails or even conversation (for verbal thank yous) to have a thesis statement.

Excuse me? Yes, a thesis statement – a simple, condensed summary of what is in the rest of the thank you note.  My thesis statement is usually very straightforward:

I wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for ___.

I then follow that up with my emotions and gratitude.  Note in particular that I express gratitude for their actions and effort and not for the final result.

I was really touched that you took the time to pick out a gift that you knew I would like.

Using these two sentences to open my thank you card, and then bringing in the wording I discussed previously, here’s the full template. Note that items in [brackets] are optional and to be used when appropriate.

The benefit of using this template is you know that every word and phrase has been carefully chosen to ensure a personalized, gratitude filled card which will convey your appreciation, and deepen your relationship.

Sid’s Thank You Card Template

Hey _____ !

I wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for ____.  I was really touched that you _____.

[Remember The Past:  When you _____, it really helped me _____. I really appreciate what you gave me/did for me.] [Paint The Future: With your gift/help, I can now _____.   It truly has made a difference in my life.]

Thank you so much,

Sid

Handwritten, Typed, Or Email?

Finally, how should the card be written and delivered?

Physical vs. Email: I personally don’t like receiving physical mail-  but other people don’t feel the same way:  especially with thank you cards.  Most people still prefer actual thank you notes.  Because of this, if someone has done something exceptional for me or given me an exceptionally large gift I will send a physical card via snail mail.

Typed or Handwritten? I think (mistakenly or not), email can give the impression that I’m rushing to say thanks, and can come across as insincere. So for that reason, when in doubt I recommend handwritten.

Nonetheless, for close friends and family who know me well, I typically send mine via email.

So, get out there, enjoy the presents you receive from friends and family – and make sure to take a few moments to tell them thank you!

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Do you write a thank you note for a card?


You have received a birthday, for congratulations, a sympathy card, a holiday, your wedding, or other occasions. Should you send a thank you note for the card?

Receiving a card usually does not require a thank you note in return. Most people do not write thank you notes for cards but that doesn’t mean you can’t.

if you feel like you should or just want to, go ahead and send a thank you note card. Not sending a thank you note for a card is only a general guideline.

You might want to send a thank you for a card when:

♦ You are touched or otherwise impressed by the card. This could happen if you’ve received a birthday card for the first time as an adult. Perhaps your own immediate family does not send birthday cards. Then you get married or start dating someone. There may be people in the significant other’s family that start sending you a birthday card each year. If you are moved by this, by all means, send a thank you note card. This will also let the sender know that the card was appreciated and impacted you.

♦ You were surprised that you received the card from this particular person. Perhaps it is a new friend or business contact. Send a card to keep the relationship going.

♦ Someone sent you congratulations note when you started a new job. A follow-up thank you note could be used a networking opportunity.

$$$ If there was money or a gift card with the card you DO need to send a thank you note for the monetary gift. I’ve written a guide on how to write a thank you note for money with some examples which can help you get started.

♦ Someone came to your wedding and give you card only – no other gift. You should still thank them for coming to your wedding. Even if a gift was not in their budget they still choose to spend their time at your wedding.

♦ Because you want to! If you really like sending cards, by all means, send a thank you for the card. But do not expect a thank you for your thank you note (that could turn into a never-ending cycle!).

♦ Another idea is to send a letter in return. You can mention the card in your letter, and then go on to write a letter.

♦ If you are in a situation where many people are giving you gifts and cards at the same time who have regular contact with each other, such as students, you might want to write a thank-you note to those that only give a card as well as to those that give a gift. This way if people talk to each other everyone will be able to say they got a thank-you note from you.

♦ If the card you received was handmade, you could recognize it with a note or an in-person thank-you. Hand made cards can take lots of time and the person may have made a card design that was with you in mind. For example, I love cats and would feel very touched if someone made me a handmade cat-themed card and then mailed it to me!

Have you ever sent a thank you note for a card? If so, what was the occasion and why did you send it?

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The Value Of A Well-Written Thank-You Note

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The general rule is to 1) describe what the person did for you and 2) say what kind of positive impact it had on you. You can be simple or creative about what you say, but those are the basics.

For a get-well scenario you can start by saying things like:

Dear Aunt Betty/Caleb/Sis,

  • Thank you for the get-well balloons.
  • Thank you for the flowers you sent me while I was at the hospital.
  • Thanks so much for thinking of me while I was recuperating. The jade frog is adorable.

Or more creatively:

  • Wow, what yummy banana bread!
  • How did you know that James Michener is my favorite author?!

Then say something about how you were affected by their gift:

  • Your kind gesture was truly appreciated.
  • Your thoughtfulness meant a lot to me.
  • The beautiful flowers really cheered up the room.
  • It was great having an exciting novel on hand to distract me.
  • It/they were just what I needed.
  • I can’t tell you how much it meant to know that you were thinking about me during that difficult time.

Then, either elaborate on your feelings and the impact of the gift, express a hope for the future, refer to the relationship in some other way, or you can just sign off simply.

Optional elaboration:

  • People kept commenting on how lovely the flowers were.
  • Now that I’m feeling better I hope we can have lunch together soon.
  • I’m going to keep the frog on my mantel to remind me of your friendship.
  • Your kindness/friendship means a lot to me.

Then sign off:

  • Warmly,
  • Warm regards,
  • Sincerely,
  • Love,
  • Hugs,
  • etc.

Hope that helps!

These get well soon thank you notes are designed to express appreciation for well wishes you received while recuperating. Always send a.

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When to Send a Thank You Note



Wondering when to send a thank you note?

We have compiled this list of common occasions when you might consider sending a thank you card.

The second column will help you determine whether or not a thank you note is necessary, and the third column will give you an idea of the acceptable time frame for sending your thank you cards.

Click on any occasion for a full overview of etiquette, as well as thank you note examples for that particular occasion.


Common Occasions to Send Thank You Notes


More Possible Occassions

Here is a list of less common occasions and people that you may consider sending a thank you note.

Though not necessarily dictated by etiquette, it is always a nice idea to write a thank you note for someone if you think they deserve it.

Occassion
(Click for Overview)
Why You Should Consider Sending a Thank You Note
To TeachersTeachers are instrumental in shaping our children's minds. Despite all of the responsibility, teachers are often undercompensated and underappreciated. If a teacher has done a good job, you know they will appreciate a written thank you.
When Saying FarewellIt can be a good idea to send a thank you note to those who have been helpful, when leaving a job or moving to another city.
To Your PastorPastors deserve our thanks They play such a pivitol role in our communities, and ask for little in return.
To Your Mother or FatherConsider writing thank you notes to your parents. No need to wait til mother's or father's day.
To CoachesSimilar to teachers, coaches often go above and beyond to help our children.
To a MentorIt's a good idea to take the time to thank someone who has mentored you.
To Hospital StaffHospital staff have some of the hardest jobs immaginable, working long hours in stressful situations. Thank the Doctors and Nurses who have worked hard to keep you well.



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