How To Write A Thank You Letter

by Patsy M. on February 20, 2014

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Having trouble thinking of exactly how to write a thank you letter? Well, first of all, congratulations for having such good manners! Secondly, just say how you feel. Maybe it is easier for you to start with an outline; remember who, what, when, where and how from grammar school?

Gracious Thank You Card

• Who gave you the gift? (very important to personalize)
• What was the gift? (nice to mention in the letter again to make more personal)
• When was it given? (for which occasion)
• Where was the gift given? (was it a party?)
• How will you use the gift? (mention what the gift meant to you)

Dear Aunt Betty,

Thank you for the ear buds you gave me for my birthday. I will remember you every time I plug in to listen to my favorite tunes. It was wonderful seeing you at my party and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Love,
Your Niece Barbie

Also, keep in mind what not to do.

• Do not write a generic thank you letter and Xerox it for mass mailing.
• Do not go on and on, just get to the point and write a sincere thank you letter.
• Do not sound phony. If you don’t like the gift you can thank the giver for their thoughtfulness and generosity.
• Do not wait too long so send your thank you note

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda H's February 24, 2014 at 9:36 pm

It’s so sad that kids today don’t even know how to write thank you cards, or letters anymore. Don’t they teach this dying art in school anymore? I guess with cell phones and email they have no reason to learn. What a shame.

Ana February 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm

It is so rare to get a thank you these days – and half the time it just comes in the form of a text message. I really appreciate it when I get a handwritten note.

Shannon February 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I make my kids (ages 12 and 14) send thank you cards before they can enjoy the presents they receive. I figure if they aren’t learning this in school, it has to come from me. They will appreciate this at some point in their lives.

Hillary February 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I feel it is a courtesy that the parent should teach the child. When my son was a little person, I would ask him to “SPEAK” over the phone and thank everyone and anyone who gave him a gift. He is now a father and teaches his children to personally thank for their gifts.

Annie March 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

I think a hand written note is such a great personal touch. I agree that its so much better than receiving a text.

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