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The How-To Lounge: Writing a Thank You Note

Writing a thank you note is always a polite way of showing your appreciation, and a sure fire way to make someone feel special. Unfortunately thank you's oftentimes slip through the cracks, but for those that remember their manners, a thank you goes a long way. For those who need a refresher on how to write a perfect thank you note, I am here to help.

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  • Although sending a quick e-mail or making a phone call is more time efficient, the personal touch of a hand written note will leave a much more memorable mark
  • Being timely is important, but the saying "better late than never" applies when writing thank you notes
  • Thank you notes are most commonly written after receiving a gift, but they are also appropriate after a job interview, being a guest at a dinner party or a wedding, and can be written as a token of friendship and support
  • Thank you notes should be short and to the point
  • Make sure to add personality to your note and let the recipient know how much you loved your gift or how much you enjoyed his or her party
  • If you are sending a thank you note to a potential employer, spell out why you are thanking them and be sure to reiterate how much you appreciated their time
  • Sending flowers is another way to extend your gratitude, but don't forget to add an additional thank you on the card

Regardless of your reason for thanking someone, make sure to thank the person again before signing your name, and don't forget to check your spelling!

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MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 10 years
This is such a classy thing to do and so few people do it!! I will teach it's importance to my kids just as my mom taught me.
Robyn-Tang Robyn-Tang 10 years
All the way for hand written notes! I do miss the traditional way of things. It's so important to say thank you. I definitely need to pass on a few thanks.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Dear, I'm so glad you wrote this! I'm all about sending hand written thank you notes. They are such a special touch and people really enjoy receiving them.
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
I love writing thank you notes! I'm one of the only people I know who regularly uses the postal system to send notes to people! I think Canada Post and Hallmark cards must make most of their profit off of me ;) . My parents taught me from a young age to write personal thank you notes to people. They said if you don't want to write a thank you then you can't accept the gift! I guess it stuck with me, & my sister is the same way.
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
I think this is a great reminder, I need to do this more often.
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