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Tips For Writing Good And Memorable Thank You Notes

Updated on November 1, 2009

The thank you note is a lost art in American culture today. Former President George Herbert Walker Bush was famous for his short handwritten notes he would write to foreign leaders and members of Congress for the nice things they would do from time to time.  From what takes only a few minutes of your time, you can make someone feel appreciated for what they have done and improve your own image at the same time. Yet, so many people do not take the time to write out a simple thank you for a nice deed done or a present received.

For those who do it, here are some simple tips.

A Handwritten Note Say That You Really Appreciate What Was Done
A Handwritten Note Say That You Really Appreciate What Was Done

Hand Write The Thank You Note

In today's age of email, blackberry's and twitter, it is easy to jot out a quick thank you note over electronic media. However, this is an impersonal way to show that you truly appreciate someone else's kindness.

Take the time to write out a quick thank you note. A handwritten note shows the person you are thanking that you took the time to find the right stationary, find a pen and thnk out what you wanted to say. A handwritten note shows that you care and that your thank you is sincere.

Pre Printed Cards Are Fine, But Make Sure The Message Comes From You
Pre Printed Cards Are Fine, But Make Sure The Message Comes From You

Be Brief and Sincere

A Thank You Note does not need to be a treatise or long drawn out essay on your feelings about the person who gave you the gift. A Thank You Note should be brief. It should simply state thank you for the kind thing done and a quick message about what it meant or how much you like the gift.

While brevity is important, it is equally important that the short message sent is also sincere. This is specifically a problem for recent graduates or others who are writing many thank you cards at one time. Too often, the card simply says "thank you" and lacks a personal note to let the reader know they were being thought of when the note was written. A short sentence about the gift and what it meant is all that is needed to add a nice personal touch to a thank you card.

On a similar note, I know that Hallmark makes a card for every occasion and it is easy to think that Hallmark can convey your gratitude better than you can.  But I suggest not just signing a pre-printed card.  Why?  Its not sincere.  Sure it is a nice gesture, but it is more sincere to handwrite your message than to let Hallmark do it for you. 

It Is The Little Things That Matter.
It Is The Little Things That Matter.

If the "Todd" Can Write A Thank You Card, So Can You!!

Thank You For Reading

 It today's world it is easy to forget doing the little things.  Writing thank you cards is one of those things that in the scheme of things does not seem all that big.  However, a handwritten thank you card brightens the day of the reader and shows that their good deeds were truly appreciated.

I handwrite thank you cards for gifts and nice gestures.  My mom instilled this into me.  She used to say, "When someone does something nice for you the least you can do is sit down and write out a quick thank you."  As much as I rolled my eyes a child when she made me write out a thank you card for every present I ever received, she was right.  It is the little gestures like this that make the world seem like a better place, even if for a moment. 


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    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Thanks. As I said my mother insisted on it and she was right. Thanks for reading.

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      9 years ago from Cornwall

      My parents always insisted on writing thankyou notes you are right it is more personal. This hub will also benefit and remind me when answering to others comments on my hubs.

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I totally agree. I have noticed that the thank card is remembered more than the original gift. Don't like to say out loud, but writing thank you cards helps your own image, as well as making the other person feel good.

      Thanks for reading

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      9 years ago

      I agree - a lost art. From the other perspective, to receive a simple thank you note is such a pleasure. This such not be forgotten - a thank you note can give as much reciprocal pleasure as receiving the gift or favour.

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      lol. does the post office know what couch to deliver too? They don't know mine and that is fine with me.

      my mother was insistent to the point of vigilent. But she was right and now I bother my kids as well. I know email is easier and I can see the benefit, but it is so impersonal. Thanks for your reading.

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      9 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

      You sure do know where I live!!! Read my stuff!!! I did not just plug my recent hubs either!

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      9 years ago from California

      You're right it is a lost art. My mom always insisted on my sister's and I writing thank you notes for gifts received. I tried to carry on the tradition, but as my kids became teen agers, they found electronic messages so much easier. Thanks for the hub.

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I agree. Email is so impersonal.

      Thanks for reading. I would handwrite the note, but I don't know where you live. lol

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      9 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

      I can't stand the hallmark dribble...i do a good enough job of that on my own. 

      Thanks for the Hub. It is a good reminder to take the time to write not e-mail a note!


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