Growing up, I don’t remember writing Thank You notes. I’m not sure why, we just didn’t. It’s not like I didn’t say Thank You, the cards just weren’t a thing. Now that I am older, I am teaching my children to write Thank You notes.
Sending a Thank You note let’s the gift giver know that you appreciate their gift. More than that, it also lets them know you received it at all. It could have been lost in the mail, or stolen, for all they know. The Thank You card serves as a message that they received your gift. It also lets them know you liked the gift.
Different ways to say “Thank You”
- Phone Call
- Facebook message/Wall post
- Facebook/Twitter private message
There are so many ways these days to say Thank You. Of course the most heartfelt will be in person, but that’s not always possible. So, what is acceptable these days? What feels right to you?
It probably depends on how well you know the person or where you know them from. However, any type of Thank You is better than none, so start somewhere.
Tips to teach your child to write Thank You notes
Tip 1 – Take notes when opening gifts
You may think you’ll remember afterward, but 9 times out of 10 you won’t.
Tip 2 – Be prepared
Have Thank You cards, stamps, envelopes and addresses ready so you don’t have to go searching.
Tip 3 – Do it right away
Why wait? Oh right – procrastination. Have them write the Thank You cards right away. Your gift giver will appreciate the thought sooner rather than later.
What to write in a Thank You note
Here is a good outline of what to include in your card:
- Thank you.
- What the gift was
- What you plan to do or have done with the gift
- Your appreciation
- Sign your name
Sample Thank You note
Hi Aunt Nora,
Thank you so much for the lovely hand knitted scarf. I love it dearly and it will come in so handy on cold days this winter. Thank you again for your kind gift.
One day, your children will thank you for teaching them how to show appreciation to others for the gifts they receive in life. It’s more than a silly card in the mail – they really start to appreciate their gifts and the thoughts behind them. That’s a very valuable life lesson to learn.