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How to Write Thank You Notes

Updated on October 16, 2014

How to write a Thank You note that is appreciated

Just think about yourself- Do you prefer a very nice but printed card over a note with a personal feeling expressed? You might say - I don't care, it is the card that matters.

Well - others would say - a personal handwritten card is more precious.

I say - it depends on who you write it to. Some would love to have a beautiful card with a personal touch added inside. Again somebody you are close to could be more happy over an all together handwritten little note.

Personally I have received e-cards that have warmed my heart so much! My friend took the time to remember me with a card - that is precious in itself.

Personal Cards for Every Occasion

Thank You Notes to Show You Care

A personal Thank you card is not so hard to make. Either you can just write it on ordinary paper and add some hearts or kisses.


You can get a really personal card and send it. These are the kind of cards that will be kept for years to come!

Cards and ideas to say thank you

Some Suggestions for Text

Personalize It Yourself

Thank You to Office for Sympathy During Illness

Dear [Client],

I just wanted to thank you again for your incredible kindness. My husband's condition has been stressful, but being able to care for him without worrying about losing wages certainly lightens our load.

I so appreciate your concern and understanding. I won't forget this!


Dear Rachel and Tom,

Thank you so much for the Tiffany glasses. Those glasses were one of the first things Anthony and I registered for because we both loved them immediately. Now whenever we use them we will think of you! Thanks also for helping make our big day so special. It was wonderful to see you there.

Best wishes,

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, my last day at [Current Company] is [date].

Before I go, I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed my time here. Thank you all for your support, patience, and friendship over the past year. You are a special group of people and I will definitely miss you.

I can be reached at my personal email address ( or at home, 555-767-1234. Please keep in touch!

Thanks again for everything.


Thank you friends!

The gift from you is wonderful. I will treasure it always. You made my day so wonderful!

Thank you so very much!

Flowers for burial.

I really appreciate that you sent flowers to us.

I have the card among my dear departed's belongings. So I will think about your kindness for a long time.

Dear ___,

You deserve a huge thank you for being such a wonderful and loving person. You have helped and inspired me to do the things that I only dreamed of doing. You are always there for me when I need your calming manner to help me through the day!

Without you I would not be the person I am today!

I can never be thankful enough for all your support.

Thank you for everything.

Best wishes,

Useful Book on How to Write a Thank You Card - Thank You Note for My Friend

Personal Notes: How to Write from the Heart for Any Occasion
Personal Notes: How to Write from the Heart for Any Occasion

A Complete Guide to Everything You'll Ever Write, now addresses a particular gap in many people's writing capabilities: the social note required for so many life passages and important occasions. Ironically, she says, our world of instant communications actually leaves us feeling isolated, and a personal note can remedy that by helping to create a sense of connection.


Printable Thank You Cards

Another way to make a personal note is to find a card on the site here and print it out!

Thank You cards

Another way is to draw and write your card and print it on a card printer!

Card Printers

A hand written note from a friend or a child is precious...

Makes you feel appreciated and love.

Poem Card Thank you!



Thank you Notes - Use Them All the Time

Silhouette Thank You Notes Includes 12 Cards and 12 Envelopes (90066)
Silhouette Thank You Notes Includes 12 Cards and 12 Envelopes (90066)

Includes 48 cards with matching envelopes and 2 sets each of 6 note cards and envelopes


Thank You Notes For Different Situations - Sample Thank You Notes

Some are empty - you fill them with your own words

Really Nice Thank You Cards

The cards should reflect your feelings. A modest card is apropriate when thanking family and friends for flowers at a funeral.

Books with text - suggestions

Here are some really good books that help you find what to say. And you can use these not only on cards - use them when ever your own vocabulary is empty....

The Thank You Book: Hundreds of Clever, Meaningful, and Purposeful Ways to Say Thank You
The Thank You Book: Hundreds of Clever, Meaningful, and Purposeful Ways to Say Thank You

The Thank You Book teaches you what to say and how to say it in more unique and clever ways than you've ever imagined.




Wedding Etiquette cards - lots of good suggestions

Here is just the beginning of the text:

Thank You Do's and Don'ts

1. Never, Never, Never, send a preprinted thank you card. When you send a preprinted card, you are telling the person receiving the thank you that their gift didn't mean enough to you to even receive a mention in your note. A warm personalized, handwritten note, regardless how brief, tells the guest how much you appreciated the gift and how it will be cherished for years to come. Handwritten notes express sincerity.

2. Be sure to send thank you notes to friends and relatives who arrange showers and parties for you. It is appropriate to thank them for the party or shower in the same card you send thanking them for their gift.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How sweet is this lens. I really enjoyed reading it, I do like to leave thank you notes with my customers. Thanks for sharing.

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      Charlotte Realtor 4 years ago

      Ah, the lost art of a handwritten card - I really think that people forget just how much they are appreciated! Great tips!

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      VioletteRose LM 4 years ago

      I really like personalized cards which also look beautiful, the cards from zazzle look so pretty!

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      I always appreciate it when someone takes the time to write a thank you note. Thanks for sharing your tips and ideas.

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      It seems that the etiquette rules today have been getting lost for some folks. A brief but sincere thank-you note is always appropriate. You've provided excellent suggestions and sample cards.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Very useful lens. We had to write "thank you" notes as part of English classes in school but were never actually taught what to put in them (not that I recall, anyway). When younger, writing a thank you note for a Christmas present was a hated chore, even though it would only have taken 5 minutes - it seemed like an eternity then. Now, with so many cards available to buy or print out, there is even less excuse for not sending a thank you for someone's kindness.

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      Joy Neasley 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I have added your lens link to my "Giving Thanks" lens. Great lens.

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      castelloautore 4 years ago

      I would have loved to have seen this lens earlier. So many times it's difficult to know what to say. You have provided much food for thought. This has been bookmarked for future reference. THANK YOU.

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Learned a lot from this lens :)

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      imagelist lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great info...

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      tanaribel 5 years ago

      Excellent work. Thank you!

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      TinyMonstersCheats 5 years ago

      Its something we used to try to do but must say not so much these days. So I'll start here. Thank you for this lens. It was an interesting read that made me think a little. So thanks you once again.

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      john9229 5 years ago

      Very helpful lens on how to write the note. Nice cards!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I think writing thank you notes is a dying art. Thanks for bringing it back to the forefront.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Writing a thank you note is so important. It doesn't take too much time doing it but can mean a lot to the person receiving it. I love your Zazzle cards!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with an angel smile to this great counsel on giving thanks with a grateful heart to those who have been a blessing to us.

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Beautiful and well written lens, all cards are beautiful.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice lens, very helpful too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can't thank you enough for all that you have done for me. About a year ago I my partner split up, we had both made BIG mistakes in our relationship. He ended up moving away from me to pursue a new life. I knew in my heart that he would be the only one to make me happy. I was relieved when I found your email on a site about what you have done. I requested 1 to 2 day casting of the reunite us love spell and within 3days mark company had relocated him back to our hometown where I still lived. We immediately reconnected and move in with each other. Our wedding date is set for Summer 2012. Expect to see your invite in the mail thanks to

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      As an interesting read, I recommend it to my lenses.

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      TobyFugitt 5 years ago

      Great lens! Very helpful :)

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      HomeDecorKnight 5 years ago

      Good suggestion for writing a "Thank you note". For that I like the lens. Thanks..

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      selah74 5 years ago

      I've got at least 10 Thank you notes/letters I've been wanting to write and sent out for about two weeks now... I need a post on scheduling time to write them.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      This is a nice lens, thank you for sharing this helpful information. ~~Blessed by a Squid-Angel~~

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      gaser983 5 years ago

      You did a great article, Squidlike

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Nice 'Thank you' pieces. This is very helpful for people who just don't know what to write.

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      Monica Lobenstein 5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      A handwritten note is so important and personal, but not always easy to find the right words for. Thanks so much for the samples and resources!

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      spikeyflower 5 years ago

      These are great. I have the "Blue Elegance" cards that you recommend above, and keep them in my desk drawer at work for when someone does something special. Nothing makes people feel appreciated like a thank you card.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      It seems that some don't think a Thank You note is as important as it used to be. I think it is very important and just plain decent to write thank you notes.

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      it's so important to learn how to say THANK YOU...THANK YOU for this awesome lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      terima kasih :)

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      Anahid LM 5 years ago

      this is great lens it is important to say thank you for whatever we get from someone or something nice they do for us. All the best. Anna

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      RaintreeAnnie 5 years ago from UK

      I think Thank you notes are very important. I know I have appreciated the ones I have received and I love to send them. Lovely lens:)

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      Mary 6 years ago from Chicago area

      I am a stickler for thank-you notes & make sure the kids always right them (as I do). They are sometimes less happy about it than others, but who cares! This is just basic good manners.

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      flicker lm 6 years ago

      Very helpful lens. I'm often at a loss as to what to say in thank you notes.

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      stachelford 6 years ago

      Loved your lens about thank you cards! I recently sent one to a really nice man who got his company to send me a free replacement cap for a device his company made (I wasn't the first owner of the device so I didn't expect to get the cap for free!) He later emailed me and said that my thank you note was the first he or anyone from his company had received in over 10 years! I guess it made the rounds around the office. It's so sad that these notes are becoming a forgotten art.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful advice and examples. So often, thank you notes just seem to be skipped over but the really are so very appreciated and one of those old fashioned traditions to revive.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens full of helpful tips & information. 5 stars for a very helpful lens, thumbs up, and favoriting. Have a terrific weekend!

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago

      A great, great help.

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      Padaneis 7 years ago

      Fine and interesting lens! A little typo: you wrote "Wikkipedia" instead of Wikipedia. Bye.

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      spiritartist 7 years ago

      Nice lens and great advice!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank Irene for participating in my poll. I appreciate it very much.

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      CliveAnderson LM 7 years ago

      Thank you IreneMaria for the uplifting kindhearted comments you left on my lensmasters page. I'm pleased you found some of my lenses good enough to comment on and rank it. It is always nice to read such uplifting lenses as this one, very informative and helpful... Thank you.

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting and informative lens. THANK YOU

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Gorgeous lens and well presented material. Featured on How to Write Better. Top marks