Lawson Roberts Writes Proper Thank You Notes. Do You?

Let’s face it, living in the digital world the art form of the thank you note has been thrown out. That my friends is a HUGE MISTAKE. Being raised in the south, I was always taught to write the perfect thank you note after attending parties or receiving a present of some sort. That said, ever wonder what to write?

After receiving a gift, attending a dinner party, or leaving someone’s house from an overnight stay, you know you need to write a thank you note, but you might not know exactly what to say.

Most people want to send them, but it can be a huge struggle for some. They don’t always know how to put their thoughts into words.

If you are at a loss for words when you sit down with paper and pen and try to write something to show gratitude for someone else’s generosity, follow this advice. You don’t have to use fancy wording or write anything worthy of an award. The main thing you need to do is show how much you appreciate the gift or hospitality.

Of course, you’ll need to use some of your own wording, but with a basic outline, it shouldn’t take too long to jot a thank you note to let others know how much you appreciate their gift, their hospitality, or their thoughtfulness.

Before you get started, you need to be clear with the person what you are thanking them for and be specific.

If this is for a gift at a shower, birthday party, or some other event that involved multiple gifts from a lot of people, have someone jot down who gave what as you open them.

If this is for an act of service, such as someone volunteering to mow your lawn or babysit your children, be clear. Mention the gift, service, or act you’re thankful for and show what it means to you.

You might think that the importance of showing gratitude in your note is a given. However, there are some people who overlook writing a simple “Thank you,” even though that was the purpose of the note. Even if you don’t care for the gift, you should send a thank you note with emphasis on the person’s thoughtfulness.

Phrases to help with the opening line:

  • Thank you for the …

  • I am grateful for …

  • I am thankful for …

  • I appreciate the …

Don’t take the easy way out and simply state, “Thanks for the gift.” Although this is officially a thank you message, it lacks the personal touch that makes the note seem sincere. This will be the second part of the opening line or first sentence.

Here are some examples:

  • Thank you for the lovely candlesticks.

  • I am grateful for your warm hospitality.

  • I am thankful for your friendship and willingness to listen when I need to talk.

  • Thank you for watching my children during my dental appointment.

  • I appreciate the gift card to my favorite restaurant.

  • Thank you for hosting my family during the holidays.

Remember a proper thank you goes a long way.

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