Five Points to a Proper Thank You Note

Five Points to a Proper Thank You Note

Thank you note, etiquette, children's etiquetteThe holidays are here and one of the most important things to teach your children is how to write a proper thank you note. Showing appreciation for gifts is the only way to continue receiving gifts. Although technology has made it easy for us to connect with each other it is still important to hand write a thank you note. Follow this simple five-point step to the proper thank-you and it will never fail you.

  1. Greet the Giver– Ex. “Dear Aunt Sally,”
  2. Express Your Gratitude– “Thank you so much for the slippers,” or if you are given money write “thank you for your generosity.” Never directly mention money.
  3. Discuss use– Say something nice about the item and how you will use it. If the gift was cash, allude to how you will use the money. “I can’t wait to go to Target and get the game I have been wanting.”
  4. Mention the Past, Allude to the Future– Why did they give you the gift? What does it mean to your relationship with the giver? Let the giver know how that you care about them. “It was great seeing you this Christmas, I look forward to seeing you at my birthday party next month.”
  5. Regards– When you are signing off, you can use “sincerely, from, love, or yours truly.” Whatever feels comfortable for you to use, and be sure to sign your name at the end of the thank you note.

Just as important, be sure to get your thank you note in the mail in a timely fashion. If it takes you longer than expected to get your thank you notes out, send them anyway. It’s never too late to express thanks!

Authored by: Kari Doody

Certified etiquette trainer Kari Doody, owner of Courteous and Cool etiquette School here in the South bay, is teaching kids, tweens and teens manners for the modern world. As a mother of three children, she understands the daily issues we all face as parents. The world may be constantly evolving but , but the basic principals of etiquette still hold strong and true. For more information visit Courteous and Cool Etiquette School.

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