How to Write a Simple Thank You Letter


January is National Thank You Month. Makes sense; it just happens to fall right after holidays where lots of gift giving happens all over the globe. Few things mean more than a hand written thank you note to convey real appreciation for a gift you received, making this a great skill to teach your kids early  in life! 

A written thank-you tells the giver that you appreciate the gift because through the time you take to say write, stamp and mail the hand-written note.

Writing a note takes little effort, and you consider the following items in any note you send.

  1. Greeting –  “Dear Aunt Maeve,”
  2. Express gratitude for the gift. –  “Thank you so much for the beautiful necklace.”
  3. Discuss how you are going to use the gift.  “I have a wedding I am attending and the necklace you gave me will be perfect with the blue dress I am wearing!”
  4. Mention the past and talk about the future.  “Thank you making the trip from CA to MI! I know it can be tough traveling so far and I appreciate you making the trip! I hope we can get together again very soon!”
  5. Grace. – “Thanks again for such a thoughtful gift.”
  6. Regards. –  “Love, Courtney”

Your thank you note doesn’t need to be long, but it does need sincerity.  

Take the time to say thank you (with a note) the next time you receive a meaningful gift and the giver will never forget it.

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Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.
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Shannon
5 years ago

As social as we are, I still think hand written thank you notes are a beautiful personal touch. I still write them!

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BrandyEllen
11 years ago

Thank you’s are great! My daughter has gotten into the habit of providing Thank You Cards to ppl that after any special event she knows to grab her crafts and make personal Thank You cards. Everyone loves them. It’s so funny how two small words can make someones day bigger!
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brandyelllen@writingsofawahm.com