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One of the first observations you might make is that saying thanks to someone in writing is usually referred to as sending a thank you note, not a thank you letter. A note of thanks should focus specifically on the gift they gave you and not become a lengthy letter relating personal events.
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
I so miss receiving thank you notes. Here are some tips to write a short thank you note for a gift, meal, or a unexpected service done:
By Bobbie from Rockwall, TX
When you throw a bridal (or baby shower), buy a pack of thank you cards for the guest of honor. During the party, pass out the envelopes and have everyone put their address on one. When the bride (or new mom) sends the thank you notes, they're already addressed!
By LRP from Lowell, MA
To help encourage timely Thank-you cards after a party, Baptism, etc., I began addressing the thank you envelopes while I was addressing the invitations, when the energy level was still high. After the party, it is much more fun to just focus on the thoughtfulness of the gift and then just stuff it into the right envelope!
By Karen G.
To those grandparents who never get a thank you note from their grandchildren for gifts, leaving it up to your children to teach them might be futile. I suggest that instead, your grandchildren may become more interested in writing notes if they have personalized stationery, stamps, and an address book of their own, like a grown up.
You could give them this as a gift (filling in the important addresses for them) and clearly, their thank yous will now mean so much more than if they'd been forced to send them by their parents.
By Patti from Holyoke, CO
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I love Christmas and especially like to thank my mail man and trash men by making healthy zucchini white chocolate chip cookies. I wanted to write a little thank you note to attach. Is there a note I can use for a template?
Why not just "wing it" from your heart? Write the first sentence, thanking the person for his/her job well done; use the second sentence for saying how much you appreciate their service; and the third sentence wishing him or her a delightful holiday season and happy and healthy new year. I understand you mean well by asking for a template, but the best thank you notes aren't templates, they are real words of individual gratitude, thoughtful insight, and well wishes. If you simply speak from your heart, a template is not necessary.
"Thank you for sending a kind message to those that offer you routine services. You may think your works are merely routine and/or required, but I truly appreciate your efforts with sincere gratitude. Wishing you and yours the best. The world is a better place because of your kindnesses."
I wrote that last paragraph to you, sincerely, but without a template. I truly hope it helps you look at "templates" in a colder light. You are already so far ahead of the curve by giving a gift of food, why spoil it with a "template" message? You don't need a template, your heart is already in the right place to simply "wing it!" I have every confidence you can find the right words to make your service workers' day, week, month and year by simply speaking from your heart.
Be sure to check with both the post office and sanitation department before gifting to these two hard working groups. Sometimes they are not allowed to accept gifts.
You could try quotegarden.com for some poetry etc if that would help. but I agree with KansasCindy, just say it from your heart. Your own words are always the best. Something like: Thank you for all you do, I appreciate it greatly, Have a happy holiday season and thanks again.
I agree with KansasCindy about making the thank you handwritten from the heart in a note or even a simple Christmas card. You could place a sticker or draw a little holiday tree or ornament on the envelope seal for an added touch.
I would also like to add that, as much as you would like to give someone your homemade cookies, they might just get thrown away because they really don't know you well enough to trust you (sad but true in this day and age). Perhaps you could get them an inexpensive wrapped box of chocolates or sealed package of cookies instead with a handwritten card? I don't know about sanitation workers but US Postal workers are definitely allowed to receive gifts as long as it's not cash.
First, I'd not mention the Zuchini if those are men. Just smile sweetly or leave a note of appreciation. There's something about veggies in cookies they just don't normally eat or appreciate. If they don't want them, give them to a neighbor who's expecting. You're a dear.
Also, they aren't supposed to accept gifts, I'm told. I read that most postmen are ex-military now, trained to watch for folks who might be stronger, bolder Christians and are to report them all. I confronted mine one day and learned that I had read correctly. He was embarrassed to admit it but he did. He was replaced by another more serious and quieter one shortly thereafter. One reason this nation is in the mess it's in is because Christians were told to be silent and were too kind to ignore that demand.
It's time to speak the Truth in love, and pray for all who need it, regardless, because Jesus returns soon just ahead, and it's a dangerous time to do nothing but be silent and let it all happen. "The prayers of a righteous person availeth much."
There's real power in prayer and this nation needs all the help it can get, right? You're wanting to give credit where credit it due, so give all glory to Jesus who is the One who
most deserves it for all the good He has done before this nation tried to kick God out of everything.
God bless you. "-"
I worked briefly for the post office as a carrier. They can accept gifts $10 or under. Gift cards from your local grocery store are always a good idea. And a handwritten note saying you appreciate their hard work every day and wanted to say thanks, is all that needs to be said.
You are kind to think of them! That job is more stressful than people realize.
Deeli, I hate to disagree with you! Perhaps hubby and I were imprudent to joyfully receive and enjoy the homemade treats from his paper route folks a couple of years ago, but then, he did get to know them more than the usual paper carrier or mail carrier would. That's just his personality. These service personnel might also be diabetic. You wouldn't know unless you'd had some contact or conversation. Few people have or take the time to do that these days.
I do agree with LyndaGail to a point: other than whatever physical reward we want to give those who serve us, prayer is the best thing we can do. Jesus is coming soon even many who aren't professing Christians see the signs. They're just not interpreting them the same way.
What is the appropriate time line for a grandchild to write a thank you note for a birthday present? Thank you.
As a grandmother I know I would like to receive a thank-you note period-heck, just an email would be fabulous! Oh well:) He does say thank-you during phone calls.
A month is about as long as it should take for a grandchild to thank Gran for a gift-even an unwanted one. But don't blame the little one if you don't get a handwritten thank-you because parents are not diligent about thank-yous anymore. Haven't been for a long time actually; I remember how shocked my mother-in-law was when I made sure my son hand wrote a thank you back in the early 80's.
From one Grandma to another - good luck on that one! Things are not like they used to be. We have to keep up with the texting and the social networks, otherwise we are "out of the loop". Maybe the answer is to just e-mail them "good wishes" for their birthdays.
As soon as they receive it - and absolutely before they play with or use the gift or spend the money!
The sooner the better on writing a thank you note. But just be sure to do it. Even months later is better than never - probably 10-11 months is a bit long.
Probably within a few weeks, but hardly anyone writes thank you's anymore. It's a great lesson for a child, though.
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Our grandson Mason just had a birthday and we sent him a card with money inside and this is what we got back from him. Needless to say, we loved it and thought it was a cute idea to send as a Thank-you Card.
By Trudy from Springfield, IL