Etiquette and Manners: Thank You Notes



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Everyone loves to receive a gift, but writing a thank-you letter isn’t always as fun. Here are some tips for writing a simple and sweet thank you note.

  • Keep each note short – three or four sentences is fine. You can express your thanks just as sincerely as you can in several paragraphs.
  • Start your note by thanking the giver for joining you in your celebration (a wedding, shower, or holiday gathering.) Then thank the person for the gift, specifically naming the item (“Thank you so much for the beautiful set of wineglasses!”)
  • State how you plan to use the gift (“We really enjoy entertaining, so the glasses will get plenty of use.”)
  • Close with a cordial remark (“Hope to see you again soon!”)

Remember: Kids should say thank you, too! It’s a great idea to get children in the habit of writing their own thank-you notes by preschool age. If your child can’t write yet, transcribe the note for him, and have him write (or scribble!) his name at the end. Recipients, whether grandparents, other family members, or friends, are guaranteed to be delighted!

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If a person takes the time to

If a person takes the time to purchase a gift, if possible, the receiver, of that gift, as a courtesy, should send a thank-you note.

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