One tradition I love to uphold is writing thank you notes. Yes, they can be time consuming and make your hand hurt if you have to do many at once, but there are few ways that better express gratitude than a kind, well written thank you note.
Here are a few things I think are important when writing a heartfelt note of thanks.
1. Pretty Stationary
While a sheet of notebook paper will do the job, nothing really takes the place of a pretty piece of stationary. Whether it has your name, monogram, or a simple design, make sure it's something you've picked out and feel proud putting in the mail.
Don't send a "thank you" email! Take a minute to sit down and hand write a note to someone who has given you a gift or taken the time to do you a favor. It doesn't matter how bad you think your handwriting is. It's so much more special than anything electronic!
3. Be Specific
Be sure when you're writing your note to mention the "what" (the specific gift they gave you or the favor they did for you) and the "why." Why was it so special to you? Why did it make your day easier? How will it be used or make a difference to you? The recipient of the note will love to hear how useful a gift may be to you beyond the initial time you receive it, or how the favor they did for you made such a difference in your day/week.
4. Express Gratitude
This goes beyond the gift or favor. Be sure to let the person you're writing to know how special they are, or how much their thoughtfulness means to you. I love knowing that aside from a gift I send, that the recipient enjoys having me as a friend or family member. I am grateful for my friends and family, so it's nice to know it's reciprocated!
5. Sooner Than Later
My general self-imposed rule is to mail a thank you note within 2 weeks (or longer for showers and weddings). However, life sometimes gets in the way! If you feel that it's too late to send a thank you note, send one anyway! It's better to send a late note than to not send one at all. You can even mention how busy you've been in the note, but that it in no ways is indicative of your appreciation.
What do you try do keep in mind when you write thank you notes?
Until next time - -