There is nothing more personal than a hand-written “Thank You” note when expressing your deepest gratitude. A thoughtful card with hand penned thank you’s is always a polite and proper way to show your appreciation.
I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Avalon in one of the Suites at Haven and I decided to leave a little thank you note for our hosts for being so kind and generous for letting us stay there for the weekend. (More on that later.)
Stationary || Notebook || Favorite Candle|| MatchbookHere are a few helpful tips on how to write a thank you note.
How to Write a Thank You Note:
- Handwritten versus type: With the digital age in full swing, most thank you’s come about via email but I find that the hand written note is much more well received. Penmanship, while isn’t the most important, needs to be legible and words spelled correctly.
- The Header: This is the part of the letter that addresses whose eyes are supposed to read the note. If it is addressed to one person, they should not share it with others as the writer has clearly made the note to only said person. In this case I was writing a thank you to the entire team of staff that accommodated us.
- Indent: Your indent should start at the “r” of the “Dear” in your header.
- Pretty Paper: Okay okay- I said appearances of penmanship didn’t matter, but to go the extra mile invest in some beautiful stationary. I picked these cards up from Crafted that just opened a pop up shop in the Avalon. They are beautiful gold-foiled letter pressed thank you cards and they make quite the sophisticated statement.
- Sign and Date: Be sure to not forget a salutations at the bottom of the card. I like to sign letters with the phrase “All the best,” as it suits my style of writing and is a wish for well-being to my recipient. Although not pictured, do not forget to date your note in case the recipient doesn’t get the letter for quite some time after you’ve sent it.
- Leave it somewhere noticeable if not mailing: This is key. If you are not able to mail the envelope to your recipient or if you are leaving it for your host after a weekend stay, be sure to leave it somewhere that they will be sure to see it. I left it propped against the peonies they provided us in our room clearly visible on the counter.
There you have it! Six simple steps to help you navigate proper “Thank You” etiquette when writing your next thank you card. But as a reminder, any thank you note is better than no thank you note!
Do you have any other tips for writing Thank You notes? If so, leave them in the comments below! I would love to hear your thoughts.