How to Write the Perfect Thank You Card

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By guest blogger Kelsey Bradshaw
Kelsey is a sophomore at the University of Oregon majoring in Journalism and Facebook (wait, that’s not a real major?!). Originally a track star from Medford, Oregon, she now enjoys going for runs with her friends and working out at Eugene Crossfit. She also enjoys visiting National Parks, playing in the snow, and hanging out at the beach…double points if they’re all at the same time.

Thank you cards are something I always plan on doing really extravagantly in my head (I’m going to write them on Christmas! As I unwrap! And when the recipients open them, confetti and a miniature poodle will jump out!)…but procrastinate until it’s next Christmas and I still haven’t sent a single thank you note.

Photo by Roger Carr

Getting started is the hardest part, but once you sit down and do them they’re not as hard as previously imagined. Start with a basic thank you for their gift.

Dear Aunt Sally,

Thank you so much for the stripper pole!

If the gift was money, don’t write “money,” but rather a phrase such as “Thank you for your generosity” or “Your kindness will be much appreciated.”

Now, describe why their present was amazing. Tell them how and why you will use it in everyday life. If you don’t like it, don’t exaggerate or ignore it–instead, find something basic you like about it, like the color. Try to find a way to compliment the person while doing this.

…I just heard about a fitness class that uses these poles for exercise! You’re always so on top of the trends, Aunt Sal. I really like the way the pole shines in the light.

If you were given money, explain what the money will go to or how it will help you. No matter how much it was for, make it sound like it was an extravagant gift that could make all of your wildest dreams come true.

Your generosity will help buy me that lava lamp I’ve had my eye on for a while!

Now that you have sufficiently thanked your relative, write a line about how it was great seeing them at a specific time or how you can’t wait to see them again. If it’s not someone you are close with, use a line like “I hope you’re doing well” or “I hear you got rid of your little problem! Congrats“; and with both parties, thank them one last time before you sign your name.

…It was so nice seeing you at the reunion in May! I hear you’re still making your peanut brittle, hope you don’t glue too many jaws shut maybe you can send me the recipe! I can’t wait to see you again in March for Spring Break.

Thank you again for the stripper pole and gift card!

See, that wasn’t that hard, now was it? Let’s review:

1. Name

2. Thank you for….

3. I’ll use it when….

4. Personal reference

5. Thanks again!

6. Name

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find some miniature poodles.

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