Writing a thank you card is one of the best ways to let someone know you care. In the midst of our busy week, taking the time to sit down and write out a simple thank you card to someone in our lives allows us to slow down, take a deep breath, and fully appreciate those around us. One of our main resolutions for this new year is being more thankful, and this has everything to do with being aware of our surroundings and recognizing the joy that our loved ones bring us. Writing a thank you card is a wonderful way to strengthen and affirm our relationships, bringing one another up through kind words. Here are a few ways to write a meaningful thank you card, with the hopes of brightening someone’s day.
Straight away, you want to address what your recipient did for you. Did they buy you coffee or give you a birthday gift? If so, address the specific gift itself, even if it wasn’t something physical. Reiterating what they gave you lets them know that you remember their gift and truly appreciate it. Often, generalizing comes across as insincere, so it is best to avoid generic phrases as much as possible.
Explain how it benefited you
Next, you want explain how the gift specifically benefited you. If they gave you $20, how did you use the money? It’s always nice to hear how your gift is utilized. This way you are affirming the value of what they gave you, as well as their insight in giving you a gift that is useful to you. If they gave you a t-shirt, for example, you can explain how much you admire it and that you wear it often – if you do.
Connect it to your relationship
Now that you’ve painted a wonderful picture of their gift, detailing the gift and the practical effect of it, now it’s time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Connect the gift to the meaning of your relationship – whether it’s strictly professional or very personal. Emphasize how thoughtful it was of them, how their gift contributes to your friendship or working relationship. Explain how grateful you are for such a selfless, caring friend, or how thankful you are that your neighbor has always been there for you. This part of the thank you card holds the most weight.
Finish with some encouragement
We’ve found that the best way to end a thank you card is with encouragement. Wish them well. Tell them that they are on your mind. If they are a close friend, tell them that you’re thinking of them and miss them. Add some positivity and encourage them in their current endeavors, if you know of any. Wish them luck on their exam or adjusting to a new move, reaffirming that they’ll do great. Add a personal detail that you know about them or something that’s going on in their lives. Turn it around and put the emphasis on them, even though they are the ones that gifted you with something. This is adds a sentimental touch as you conclude your card.
Picking the perfect card
One of the most important parts of this process is picking out the perfect card to gift. You can’t go wrong with any of the beautiful cards from Basic Invite. They have a gorgeous, vast array of stationery to fit your every need and occasion. With nearly unlimited color options and over 1500 card designs, you’re able to customize your card for your very special occasion, and you are able to instantly preview your creation on their website. Also, Basic Invite is one of the few companies that allows you to request a printed sample before you make your final order. This way you can ensure the custom stationery meets your needs. Be sure to check out their website to find the perfect thank you cards and wedding thank you cards.
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