Write Thank You Cards
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Writing thank you letters or cards is becoming a lost art. Hand-written sentiments that are actually mailed to the recipient are powerful in their own way. They really show someone that you're thinking of them, and that you really do appreciate whatever it is they did for you.
There are many reasons to write thank you letters. The most common reason is that someone gave you a gift, so writing these letters after birthdays, holidays, and showers is traditional. If someone gave you a gift for a different reason, or they helped you out with something, a hand-written thank you is probably still in order.
But many people "lock up" when they consider writing a thank you letter. They don't know what to say, or how to write it. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to make it easy.
What You'll Need:
Steps to Sending Out Thank You Cards:
- 1That way, this step won't slow you down later.If you're sending many thank you notes, start by putting your return address on the envelopes and stacking them neatly.Advertisement
- 2Thank you letters commonly are written but not sent because the envelope or stamps weren't close by.Set up all of your supplies within easy reach.
- 3On the notepad, write down the name of the recipient of your thank you letter, followed by what you're thanking them for, and their address.
- 4That way they're all right in front of you.If you have many thank you letters to send due to a holiday or event, write down the information for each recipient on one or two sheets of paper.
- 5This way you know you like the way it sounds before it's in the card that's going to be sent.Write down what you want to say on a piece of paper before you write it in the card.
- 6This can help you to fill many cards quickly and without agonizing over what to say to each person.If you're writing many thank you cards for the same event, such as a birthday party, you may consider writing a short heartfelt note out on another piece of paper that you can customize with the name of each recipient and the gift you got.
- 7Make sure to address the recipient by name, and be specific about why you're sending the letter. Then sign it.Grab one of your thank you cards, and write out your message.
- 8Before you move on to the next letter, grab an envelope and write down the name and address of the recipient of the letter you just wrote.
- 9This prevents letters and envelopes from getting mixed up or you having to waste time matching letters to envelopes.Put the letter in the envelope and seal it.
- 10This way you know the thank you letters are completely ready to be mailed.Place a stamp on the envelope and set it aside in a stack.
- 11Take the letters to the post office right away so that they arrive in a timely fashion.Advertisement
- Keep some generic thank you cards around your home, and your office, if it's applicable. That way if you feel the need to write a note to someone for something unexpected, then you don't need to put it off.
- Buy a package or two of cards that could be applied to many situations so you always have something on-hand.
- Make sure you have a pen that you are confident in. It doesn't have to be fancy, but find one that is comfortable to hold and that provides a steady flow of ink.
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