Writing a Thank You Note.
Sometimes, we want to say “thank you,” but don’t know where to start. That’s where our Thank You Note Expert, Tiffany Divis, comes in. Follow her tips, and you’ll be writing thank you notes in no time.
Our thank you note specialist
Former Senior Gifts Officer and Special Assistant to the White House from 2006 to 2009, Tiffany led the State Department’s Gift Unit in gift exchanges to and from foreign world leaders on behalf of the President, Vice President, Secretary of State and their spouses. Her duties included helping write thank you notes.
Currently, Tiffany runs her own international consulting management company, TTD Resources, LLC, focused on marketing, special events and public relations, while also providing exclusive gift and presentation services.
Elements of a thank you note
A thank you note should be fun. But if you have a tough time finding the right words to show your gratitude, here are the elements you should include in your note:
2. On the left side of the page, write the greeting salutation and the recipient’s first name or affectionate name followed by a comma. Think of how you would address the recipient if you said hi in person.
My Dearest _________,
4. Explain why you are thankful for the gift and your plans for the gift. This can include why it is special to you, what it means to you, how it makes you feel, how you will use the item and/or how it helped you.
I will always think of you whenever I use it.
This will help me ___________.
How lovely to receive my favorite __________.
This special gift will bring me joy and remind me of ______________.
I plan on using __________.
I look forward to __________.
I’ve always wanted ______________.
First on my wish list is ___________.
What a difference _________.
5. Write and optional closing statement that continues the connection and is directed to the recipient of your thank you note. You can mention the past or allude to the future.
You are in my thoughts and I hope you are well.
I hope our paths cross soon.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
I hope I can repay you someday.
Seeing you again was wonderful.
6. Write a pleasant and friendly closing salutation or special friendship phrase followed by a comma or exclamation point.
Your BFF, (Best Friend Forever)
Your biggest fan!
8. Get it mailed – put a stamp on the envelope and mail it yourself! We encourage you to post your thank you notes to our website, but nothing beats sharing your gratitude by sending a card.