Writing heartfelt thank you notes
Writing heartfelt thank you notes
Tips for Writing a Heartfelt Thank You Card
 
 Electronic media, while great, has done very little in the way of expressing common courtesy. Email, text messaging, social media - it’s all impersonalised communication. Sure it’s fast and convenient, but at what cost?

Once upon a time, writing thank you cards was common practice. Whether you’d just had a job interview, received a beautiful gift, or had been invited over for dinner, saying thanks through a card was simple etiquette. Today, the art of writing thank you cards has diminished, but by no means has it been lost. There is still something very special about the practice, and it pays to know how to write one well.

How to write a thank you card
Remember that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when someone goes out of their way to do something nice for you? That’s what you want to give when writing a thank you card. Your aim should be to express your gratitude and the more meaningful and thoughtful your thank you card is, the fuzzier the recipient will feel.

A good thank you card starts with the card itself. When thanking friends and family, be creative in your selection. Choose cards that either reflect your personality or your relationship with the recipient, and try to find something that will surprise and delight. When choosing professional thank you cards, opt for something that reflects your industry or fits with your profession. Your thank you card should leave a lasting impression.

When shopping for a thank you card, head to The Lucky Charm, which specialises in stationary, office supplies, greeting cards, and lottery products. You can even pick up a gift to go with your thank you card, from the extensive range of Hallmark products and gifts or Darrell Lea chocolates.

Once you have your card in hand, it’s time to think about what you want to write. If you’ve chosen a card with a printed sentiment (more than just “Thank You”), you won’t need to add too much. In this case the printed words express your gratitude. Briefly mention the reason for your card and add a simple yet warm thought.

For a gift
  • “Forever grateful.”
  • “I/we will treasure your gift forever.”
  • “Please know your generosity and kindness is appreciated.”
  • “I’m touched beyond words.”
  • “Your gift was beautiful. You made my day!”
You could also consider: What was the gift? What do you like about it? Why was it a good choice for you? How did you feel when you opened it? What do you plan to do with it?
  • “Thank you for the knitted scarf. I wore it last night and had so many comments! You sure do know me well.”
  • “I was thrilled with my new hiking boots. They’ll be perfect for my holiday.”
  • “It makes me smile to think you know me so well. I love my new purse so much. You did well to find something so unique. I know who I’m shopping with in future!”
  • “We love Ben’s little jumpsuit so much! He will look adorable. We’ll send pictures soon.”
  • “Thank you for the Bunnings voucher. I’ve just scored myself a new power sander, so I’m stoked!”

For an act of kindness
  • “You’re the best!”
  • “Forever grateful.”
  • “Forever in your debt.”
  • “It was so nice of you to help me out the other day.”
  • “Please know your generosity and kindness is appreciated.”
  • “Sometimes the simplest of things mean the most.”
You could also consider: What was the act of kindness? Why did you need help? What did their kindness mean to you? How did their kindness make a difference?
  • “Thank you for giving up your time to help me the other day. I’m touched beyond words.”
  • “Thank you for helping me move last weekend. I would have been lost without you and no doubt I would still be unloading boxes!”
  • “Thank you for helping me prep for my interview, I’m pleased to say I got the job. Couldn’t have done it without you, so forever grateful.”

For attendance
  • “Thank you for sharing this special time with us.”
  • “Forever grateful you could share this special time with us.”
  • “We’re so happy you could join us to celebrate.”
  • “Thank you for making our special day more enjoyable.”
  • “Our day was made all the more enjoyable because you were there.”  
You could also consider: What was the occasion? Why did you want them there? How did you feel when you saw them? What are your reflections from the event?
  • “We are so grateful you could witness us getting married. You are a big part of our lives and we couldn’t imagine you not being there.”
  • “I was so thrilled to see you at my surprise party the other night. I am feeling enormously loved and cherished, so thank you.”
  • “We had so much fun the other night and we know that’s because you were there. Thank you for always making us smile.”

For hospitality
  • “Thank you for having us over for dinner. It was lovely!”
  • “Thank you for including us in your special day. We had lots of fun.”
  • “Really appreciate you giving us a bed these last few days. You have a beautiful home and we really enjoyed our stay.”
You could also consider: Why were you there? What did their hospitality mean to you? What were the highlights?
  • “We had so much fun the other night celebrating your birthday. The food was amazing as always and you have some really wonderful friends. Can’t wait for the next occasion.”
  • “We are so thrilled you thought of us when planning the other night. Brad - you are the BBQ King and Sandra, I am getting that mojito recipe!!!”
  • “We are so thankful to have you in our lives and we have loved our stay this week. If we can ever return the favour, please don’t hesitate to come visit. We’d love to have you.”

For an opportunity
  • “Thank you for taking the time to speak with me.”
  • “Thank you for considering me for a position in your company.”
  • “It was great to meet you the other day. I am very enthusiastic about the possibility of joining your team.”
You could also consider: What does the opportunity mean to you? How would you feel if you got the job? What further information might they or you need?
  • “It was a pleasure meeting you and your team on Friday. After our conversation I am confident I would be a good fit for your company.”
  • “I truly enjoyed learning more about your company and look forward to hearing from you in the near future. If you require any more information please get in touch.”
  • “Thank you for inviting me to interview with you yesterday. Should you need any further information, please give me a call. I would greatly appreciate a follow-up as you move forward with the hiring process.”

You can’t go wrong with Lucky Charm
These thank you note examples are just some of the common ways you can reintroduce etiquette stalled by modern technology. Remember though, as long as your thank you card is born out of sincere gratitude, you can’t go wrong with your messaging. As for finding the right card, you can’t go wrong at The Lucky Charm.
 
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