You’re ready to write a really good thank-you note, but what do you actually say besides, um, thanks? Consider…
- What do you appreciate about your gift-giver aside from the gift they sent?
- What do you like about the gift? How/when/where will you use it?
- If you are writing a note to recognize someone’s hospitality, what did you find particularly delightful about your stay? What experiences/conversations did you treasure?
- What future encounters with your gift-giver do you warmly anticipate?
- If the gift was from your registry, why did you want it?
- Will other people benefit from your receipt of this gift? How did they respond?
- How does the gift make you feel? Encouraged? Inspired? Loved? Capable? Relaxed? Pampered? Giddy? Nostalgic?
- Will the gift make your life easier or more enjoyable in some way? How?
- Does the gift remind you of anything noteworthy? A shared experience with the giver, perhaps?
Don’t feel the need to answer all of these questions every time you write a thank-you-note; just pick a few that you can answer with genuine gratefulness. Specificity will keep you honest and attentive; use words other than “good” and “nice” and “thanks.”
Additional tips or prompts for writing thank-you notes are welcome in the comments section. You can also comment about other things. Like how much you like my blog name (thanks, Jaimie).
This post is part of a two-part series. To read part one on “preparation,” click here.