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How to Write a Great Thank You Note in 5 minutes or less!

Thank you notes are so important Y’all. If someone helped you, gave you a gift, or their time you should send a thank you note. As adults (yes 18 and over) we really should be doing this without our parents telling us to. Here is how you can write a sweet thank you note in under 5 minutes. Trust me, you’ll feel really great sending out so many. Gratitude makes you so much happier!


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Step 1: Greeting! This generally depends on who you are writing it to, but if their entire family is mentioned be sure to include them! When I write thank you notes, I usually list everyone, just because I think it’s a nice touch!

Step 2: Say thank you for what you’re writing the note for. Phrases such as “thank you so much”, or “thank you very much”, or “thank you for” are all appropriate.

Step 3: Make a comment about what you’re thanking them for. If it’s a physical item say what you’re going to use it for if it was cash say what you’ll do with it, or if it was an experience say what it meant to you. Basically, you want to tell the giver what you’re doing with this.

Step 4: Say something nice. Make a comment about something that you know is coming up, or tell them to say hi to someone they know. Take time to write one or two sentences about their lives (I think it adds a nice personal touch).

Step 5: Thank them again for their gift, time or whatever you’re writing about. It is also appropriate to make a comment about the next time you’ll see them.

Step 6: The ending isn’t as hard as it seems. You can put sincerely, love, or whatever you deem appropriate with your signature at the end. If you’re writing to someone who you know professionally, love may not be the best one!


*Bonus Tip: To keep track of gifts for your birthday, graduation, engagement, Christmas etc, try the Day Designer Gifts Received sheet! It’s free!

Where do you get your stationery? Do you send thank yous?


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  • This is such a good post!! I feel like so many people need to read this, it’s just good etiquette!

  • I am a HUGE fan of thank-you notes! This has been stressed to me throughout my life by my parents and also different bosses. It’s amazing what power a simple handwritten note can have!

    xoxo A

  • Amy

    I have been wanting to start hand writing thank you notes! Partially so I can have cute stationary and partially because there’s something so personal and special about receiving / giving a thank you note. Thanks for sharing!

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  • This is such a great guide and I will be bookmarking this for the future. My favorite stationary is from Rifle Paper Co. Thanks for such a great post.

  • Great tips! My bridal shower is coming up this spring so thank you notes are in my future!


  • These are awesome tips! I wrote SO many thank you notes the summer we got married and I honestly haven’t written one since but they’re so important.


  • These are great tips! This is the exact format I follow on all of mine 🙂

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  • This is great!
    Thank you notes are so important and I know I will be writing a lot of them after my wedding haha.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Thank you for the reminder to do this! It doesn’t take long but is such a great gesture. I had my birthday and Christmas last month, so I should do this today!

  • I absolutely love sending handwritten notes – Target always has great stationary but I feel like I always find the best ones at stores like TJ Maxx and HomeGoods!

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  • This comes at such a perfect time! I need to write a few thank you notes for Christmas presents — thanks for sharing!!

    x Sarah

  • I think remembering to write Thank You cards is so important. One of my resolutions is to be better about sending them in a timely fashion!

  • Honestly, I love any excuse to send someone snail mail or buy someone a card, so thank you cards are right up my alley! I love these great tips. I especially love the bonus tip! Making charts is my everything, but I never thought to keep track of cards I’ve sent.