Saturday, January 10, 2015

Tis The Season For Thank You Notes

Last Saturday it rained practically all day, it probably goes without saying that it was a pretty nasty day. There is an upside to everything and a rainy Saturday just happened to be the perfect day to stay in, keep warm by a fire, sip on warm refreshment, and write some thank you notes.

In the age of the Internet and email it is always exciting to receive an email/instant message from a friend you haven’t heard from in awhile or someone new you just meet. Thank you notes, in my opinion, is one thing that email should never replace – could you imagine getting a thank you note via email…the thought alone makes me shiver. I love the fact that when you email someone you can press the “send” button and know that it is waiting in their inbox for them to read. With snail mail it may take a day or three for someone to actually receive your letter versus the seconds it takes an email to arrive, but a hand-written letter just seems to come across as more thoughtful and special than email.

After the holidays are over one thing that is always on a to-do list is to write some thank you notes. To help you out with your holiday thank you notes here are a few tips:
  • Never assume an in-person ‘thank you’ is enough: Chances are that in between the time you receive a gift or attend a party you will run into the gift giver/hostess and the time you send out thank-you notes, you will more than likely run into the gift giver/hostess. Of course it is only appropriate to thank them in person when you run into them, but be sure to follow-up your in person ‘thank you’ with a handwritten thank-you note; the verbal acknowledgement might have gotten lost in the excitement of running into one another, plus a thank you note is always a nice gesture
  • Personalize the note: Personalize it by what you are actually saying. You can personalize a thank you note by referring to a future event your looking forward to seeing that person at or state what you are going to use their gift for.
  • Write neat: An Illegible note won’t do you much good, so take your time and make sure the recipient will be able to read your hand writing.
  • Better Late Than Never: Everyone knows that the holiday season is a busy time and that it might take a little longer to get around to certain tasks. It is better to send one a little late than not sent one at all.
  • Stationary: Every thank you note deserves to be written on some beautiful stationery. Incase you are in need of a stationery re-stock here are a few favorites of mine.

18 comments:

  1. Totally agree with the importance of sending of thank you cards. I also think when you have cute stationary handy, you're more likely to send them.
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

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    1. I so agree about the cute stationary!

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  2. It is very important to send written thank you notes. I fear it is becoming a lost art. I cherish the ones I receive and keep the special ones in a wooden box. I love what you wrote today!

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    1. I am so happy to see that you enjoyed this blog post and thank you for your kind comment! I hope thank you notes via snail mail never comes to a stop, but you are right - hand writing a letter is becoming somewhat of a lost art.

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    1. :). Hope your weekend is treating you well!

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  4. I totally agree! Thank you notes are always a must! They are especially important after you've had an interview. I sent a Thank you note after an interview and I think it really helped me get the internship! These never go out of style :)


    http://ncolesnotes.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you notes are always a nice touch to send after you've had an interview - I think they make you stand out a little bit.

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  5. Love this! As soon as I could write, my parents taught me the importance of a Thank You note. I'm not a fan of these email Thank You's nowadays.

    http://thisblondestory.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm not a fan of email thank you's either. I think sending thank you's via the mail adds a little extra touch of thoughtfulness!

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  6. a hand written note it´s always a good way to say thanks you and even more if it´s come in cute stationery, I love the Global greeting one ;)

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    1. I really like the Global Greeting one too - Rifle Paper Co. has such cute designs!

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    1. Hope you have an amazing new week as well Kenny!

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  8. so true! i'm about to write some thank you notes for my bday gifts!

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    1. I hope you had a great birthday weekend Vett!

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  9. Just love this post! I think I taught my daughter well; she writes wonderful thank yous AND started a stationery business several years ago - Small Field Papers - it's been quite a success because, thankfully, many people still realize the importance of a handwritten thank you or note!

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    1. I will have to look her company up - I am always on the search for a good stationery company!

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