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Holiday Thank You's Made Personal

Posted December 21, 2011

Gifts and friendly catch up letters from family and friends are, of course, common during the holiday season. A nice gesture after the holidays are over is to write thank you notes to all who shared some holiday spirit with you. Here are some tips on how to write those thank you notes and when it is appropriate to do so.
Who should receive a thank you note?
If you received a gift in person and gave an instant thank you, then a thank you letter is not necessary. Think about the gifts you received in the mail or elsewhere and make a reminder of who sent the gift and what it was so you can reference it in the letter.
When should a thank you letter be sent?
Of course, sooner is better. It is fresh on your mind right after the holidays, so you are less likely to forget. Also, you will get to avoid the often embarrassing “I sincerely apologize for not writing this 6 months ago, but thank you…”.
What should I include in the letter?
First of all, always be sure to spell names correctly! Take the extra time to review the letter you wrote and make sure there are no errors…especially when it comes to the person’s name! It is always nice to mention the specific gift they give you and say how useful or appreciated the gift will be. Finish the letter by wishing them well and saying you hope to keep in touch or see them soon.
Sometimes it is difficult to choose which closing salutation you want to include. Think about the relationship you have with the person. If it is a loving family, friend or significant other, then go for the love phrases. For someone you are newly acquainted with, stick with salutations along the lines of “Best Wishes”, “Sincerely” or “Many Thanks”.
The red coral pattern on a flat note card always looks fabulous.
A handwritten note is always the way to go. However, if you find yourself struggling to make time for handwritten notes, then a phone call or email is acceptable.