The Art of the Thank You Note

The Art of the Thank You Note
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Stand up straight. Use this fork. RSVP in a timely manner. One of my favorite coffee table books is by Judith Martin. It’s funny, clever, and the go-to guide for all things proper (see for more). Of course, of the many topics she covers, the art of a “Thank You Note” is explored. This happens to one of my most favorite things to do and never forget.

According to Miss Manners, a simple thank you-note formula should entail:

  • An expression of delight.
  • Mention of the particular present and why it caused this delight.
  • Kind words about the giver along with the expression of thanks.

There is something to be said about a hand-written “thank you” in the day and age of email, Facebook, texting and Twitter (don’t get me wrong, social media is still one of my favorite forms of communication). However, it is not only polite to send and to show appreciation, but I also feel it’s a dying art outside of weddings and bridal showers.

Whether for a gift, a dinner or simply a “thank you for helping me with…”, sitting down, writing a thoughtful note and paying that .45 cents? (hello Forever stamps!) should be more often on the top of all our to-do lists.

And let’s be honest, not only does this show someone how much you appreciate them, but who doesn’t like getting snail mail?

Here are a few of my favorite ways to say “thank you”. How do you thank your loved ones?


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  • Reply September 7, 2012

    Kimberly N

    I actually sat up straight in my chair when I read the first sentence.

    And I agree with all of this, once I am stocked up on thank you notes and stamsp, I have NO excuse for not sending one. It cost so little and means so much!

  • Reply September 8, 2012

    Real College Student of Atlanta

    these are all so cute, love! <3

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