A well written thank you note does not have to be complicated. It’s one of the warmest ways to show our appreciation to our friends and loved ones. Our grandmothers told us that it was necessary but once we write it, we know it’s the right thing to do and it makes the writer feel warm and cozy inside. A well written thank you note is just a small kindness, but they’re meaningful to those who receive them.
- For notes to family and friends, strike through any formal part of the name at the top of the letter to keep things casual. This is what Princess Diana did because she didn’t want her notes to seem stuffy. Striking through name on formal stationery is a quick and easy way to make it a little more informal and a sign that you are a closer friend of that person.
- Always write out the date in the far right corner, opposite the salutation and begin the body of the note directly under the “r” in “Dear.”
- Use real stationary…it doesn’t have to be fancy but something neutral so that it can be used for many occasions and sturdy enough to be sent in the mail.
- A handwritten note is ALWAYS better than any electronic substitute. A handwritten note takes more time and effort than an email but it can become a keepsake. Some of my favorite notes become my bookmarks in my recipe books so I look at them often.
- A punchy envelope liner acts as wrapping paper for your note. Make it even more personal by adding a picture…maybe include a picture from Christmas day opening the gift.
All that said, don’t get too bogged down in the details. Any thoughtful note is a good one. Send a hug in the mailbox.