I have published a few posts about thank you notes from this 2014 gift guide and this 2015 post on my favorite ones, and even mentioned them as one thing you could do with your engagement photos! For as long as I can remember at every birthday my mom wrote down a list of gifts and the recipients and a few days later, it was time to start the thank you notes. I always thought it was such a chore and very annoying but as I have gotten older the time and effort someone took to get the gift is far greater than the time it takes to write the thank you note. Plus, it only took one month at college to realize getting mail – actual physical post – is such a treat.
I have not lived at home for more than a decade but I still write thank you notes when I receive gifts. This is not something Mark grew up doing and for joint gifts, we now have two sets of couples stationary that I write and he just signs his name after “Love, Kelly and” but it’s baby steps. My standard thank you note addresses the person, thanks them for the gift, gives them some specifics about the present – why I like it or how I going to use it – and then something about the future. It is not a full 8.5×11″ saga (or A4 for the Brits) but it much more heartfelt than a text or email, in my opinion. I don’t think they necessarily have to say thank you in terms of what is printed on the card. Here are some of my favorite options or what can also be referred to as custom correspondence cards but beware, they can get expensive!
1 | Minted Sandstone Personalized Stationery with Gold Foil $2.60 / card
2 | Confirm Pacifica Correspondence Cards $1.37 / card
3 | TheSwoonPaperCo Personalized Lemon Stationary $2.25 / card
4 | TheSwoonPaperCo Family Thank You Cards $2.25 / card
5 | Rifle Paper Co Personalized Flat Notes in Hydrangea. $3.25 / card
6 | Minted Floral Note Personalized Stationery in Navy $2.64 / card
And in case you are interested in the cards I have, featured at the top of the post – they are the Beach Personalized Thank You Note Stationery from local seller Claudia Owen on Etsy!
And now for what I really want to know, do you write thank you cards?
Kristen Woolsey says
Yes!!! Thank you cards are so important! My mom made sure we wrote them immediately, and that’s stuck with me till adulthood. It means so much to me when I get a handwritten note, so I feel it’s so important to send them as well.
The blue wave one that you have is so pretty!
I so appreciate when people take the time to send a handwritten thank you note. Always impresses me when I receive one. I always write thank you notes as well and have a large array of stationary at hand and try to match the recipient with the correct stationary. You show a great selection.
I love the idea of using correspondence cards as thank you notes, I had not thought of that!
I will have to order some today.
Thank you notes are a BIG thing in my household. I grew up knowing that within 2 days of a holiday or birthday that I needed to get going on nice hand written thank you notes. It was a must and my mom would be on me to make sure that they were neat and long enough.
It is a lost artform that I still hold to today and with my family.
I do not write thank you notes but this made me want to start!