My little brother just graduated from high school this week, and the past month has been a whirlwind of graduation parties and ceremonies. My brother had a huge party catered by Panda Express (his favorite restaurant… feel free to judge). And I made 7 types of Rice Krispy treats instead of the traditional white frosted cake. And for all the work put in by my parents and I, my brother got a lot of cash money. Turns out when you graduate high school you get a pretty fat check.
The payback for all the free cash comes in the form of thank you notes. My brother has been slowly chugging away at his cards for the last few days. However, it has taken him longer than expected because he feels like he doesn’t know how to properly write a thank you note. Clearly he had read my post on the importance of thank you notes, and felt like Feastly had left him hanging.
I don’t want all you readers feeling like Feastly has left you hanging so we are also going to cover thank you notes part two. If at this point you are still unconvinced of their importance, please go back and read my previous thank you note post. It was pretty convincing I believe so you might want to have a second look. Here is a sparknotes version: thank you notes are so appreciated by their receiver, and take very little effort, so they are really worth your time.
It is best to send thank you notes for even the smallest things; a dinner out that someone treated you to. Or a simple gift someone gave you to let you know they were thinking of you. Any small act of kindness deserves a thank you note.
However, you might find yourself getting frustrated about how to accurately sum up your gratification. So next time you reach a writer’s block in your thank you notes, consult these guidelines from Feastly.
1) Dear _______,
This is probably the easiest part of the thank you note process, second only to signing your own name. Make sure you spell all the names correctly, and don’t accidently address the card to another person.
2) Thank you
Say thank you for the gift, and be specific! Saying thank you for the generous gift isn’t enough, make sure you actually know what that person gave you. If they gave you multiple things list them all so they know you appreciated each part of the gift.
It’s always nice to discuss how you are going to be using the specific gift. That way the giver can see that their money went to good use. If you are planning on buying booze with the money your great aunt gave you, no need to fill her in on the details. Just say the money will be put towards the car/house/animal, you plan on buying soon.
4) Seeing them again
Discuss when you are going to see the gift giver again, or when you hope to get a chance to talk. For example: “I look forward to seeing you at happy hour this Friday so we have a chance to catch up and I can thank you in person!”
5) Thanks again
It’s always a good idea to end with expressing your gratitude once again, and saying thank you once last time.
6) Your name
If you are taking the time to write a thank you note, you might as well get credit for it, so don’t forget your name!