A thank you note should begin with an opening that addresses the person by name. The first few sentences should include some comments that relate specifically to the gift they gave you. You want to mention things like the color of the gift or some identifying factor so that your note doesn't appear to be a generic version of a thank you that was sent to everyone who gave you a gift.
Next, you should tell the person how you plan to use or display the gift. Before ending the note, mention how pleased you were to see them at the party, cookout, family gathering, or whatever the location was when they gave the gift to you. Depending on your relationship with the person, you could also mention something about hoping things are well with them or that you hope to see them soon. The note should be signed in a manner that is appropriate for the relationship you have with the person you are sending it to.
By VeronicaHB from Asheboro, NC
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Also, it is important that you send the note within seven days of receipt of the gift. I do not allow myself to use/display/eat (etc.) whatever the gift is until I have written and put in my outgoing mail the thank you note related to that gift. I've done that forever and I cannot remember if it is something my mother taught me (you cannot use this until you write the thank you note) or whether it was something I disciplined myself to do at an early age. Everyone knows the anger of sending or giving a very lovely gift that goes unacknowledged! How does that make you feel?
It engenders many emotions in me (take your pick): "I guess I'm not that important to this person"; "They didn't like my gift"; "They didn't receive my gift - now what do I do?"; and it goes on. I do not want to create any of those feelings for anyone that thinks enough of me to give me a gift.
And in this day and age, I am often met with comments regarding how pleased they were to receive a handwritten note! Or how nice that I sent a note, because others didn't (say, at Christmas), or they sent an e-mail and my written note was so special (they never used to be special!). All in all, this posting is perfect, just with the caveat of timeliness in sending that all important thank you note. Trust me, you'll feel positively virtuous in this day and age!
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