If you were born any time after 1985, then you’re probably part of the generation that doesn’t understand the fascination with thank you cards. It’s been drilled into our heads that they must be completed, sent in a timely manner and be formal or fancy. While a lot of this is true, there’s really no need to over complicate the process. As you know, we love snail mail – but we don’t love time consuming antiquated traditions. After weddings, baby showers, and the thoughtfulness of friends when we went through a hard time, we realized the simpler the process, the more likely we were to get those cards out.
So how do you make thank you cards work for you? Here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks!
Thank You Card Tips and Tricks:
- Keep cards available. ALWAYS. They don’t have to be actual thank you cards. We love having our Letter Club monthly cards available because you don’t need an envelope (huge win) and they can even be art once they make it to your recipient. Any card that says “thank you” in the message is a thank you card! So find fun patterns, witty sayings, or motivational prints. Anything goes.
- We always have stamps at the ready. Instead of waiting until we need stamps, making it hard to get a card out in a timely manner, we make sure we always have a stock of them. You can get them anywhere. But our favorite thing to do is order them from USPS.com because you can find some fun ones… and who doesn’t love a fun stamp?
- Spice it up. Have you ever received a super boring thank you card? We sure have. But thank you’s don’t need to just be a “thank you.” In fact, we feel they should be much more! We tend to follow this template to write fun and engaging thank you cards:
- Dear ______,
- Thank you for the ______.
- Share how you plan to use the gift.
- HAVE FUN! Make a joke, say something sweet, share something funny about that item, or talk about how excited you were to receive it. This should be the BULK of your letter.
- Discuss plans to see them again in the future or something sentimental
- A heartfelt goodbye.
Dear Kelci, Thank you so much for the adorable scarf. Now that the weather has gotten colder, I’ve been able to wear it and have had so much fun pairing it with my clothes. Your thoughtfulness is always so overwhelming. Your small gifts throughout the year mean the world to me and are so much fun to receive in the mail. I’m so glad we got to see each other last month and catch up! It’s seriously been so long – but I also feel like we were in college together a year or two ago, not 8 years! I cannot believe how quickly time passes. Wine tasting in Napa next month is going to be perfect. I’ve been practicing my wine tasting skills – hope you’re ready for it! Can’t wait to “cheers” together!
Love you! Kelly
Why not send an email?
We’ve received thank you “notes” as texts, emails, and Facebook messages. Sometimes those are totally fine, especially if it’s for a small gift – like a Starbucks card. But when it comes down to it, most gifts require an actual hand written card. Someone took the time to get you a gift and your job as the recipient is to let them know how thankful you are for it.
So what do you do to make thank you cards easy? Are you a believer or are you anti thank you cards? We’d love to know! Share below and if you’re sending out a thank you – we want to see it! Tag us @letterclub.co and #bringsnailmailback