Saying thanks: The lost art of thank you cards
Immediately after getting engaged, Will and I ran out and bought a bridal binder to help us navigate the wedding planning process. As I was flipping through it, I noticed a section dedicated to writing thank you cards, including a number of sample notes written from “the couple” to their “guests.”
I have been writing thank you cards since I can remember (thanks Mom!), and have grown up expecting to give and receive these special notes after every holiday, occasion or event. I just assumed this was how every family worked, which was reinforced to me when I started dating Will. (His Mum gives the best thank you cards!)
This binder section got me thinking about the lost art of giving thanks. I have to admit that I am sometimes the worst at giving thank you notes to my immediate family when we exchange birthday or Christmas gifts, but there’s nothing that beats receiving a thank you note for a gift you put a lot of effort into making or picking out.
So I congratulate you if you already send thank you cards regularly, but if not, there’s no better time to start than now! To make things easier, I have even included some great tips for writing thank you notes below.
Tips for writing thank you notes:
- Make it personal | Try to stay away from sending generic notes. While still thoughtful, it means so much more to hear that the gift was remembered and appreciated.
- Send random notes of thanks | I love receiving thank you notes for random things. Don’t be afraid to send a note to a friend who gave you support when you really needed it or a colleague who helped you out.
- Thank you notes don’t always have to be homemade | Beautiful thank you cards can be purchased from anywhere. My favourite place to buy cute cards are from Target and Michaels (specifically the dollar section), because they have such a great selection at amazing prices. (My favourite are the Green Inspired cards shown below from Target.)