What to Say in a Thank-You Card

First, if you'll indulge me for a moment: may I just say a quick thank you for reading this piece about thank-you notes? I mean it. Thanks! See how easy that was? We here at Cardstore are here to help you get your gratitude on. This whole thank you thing? We've got you covered, so let's get inspired and get grateful!

General thanks

So when is the best time to say thank you? Anytime! If you think about it, at any given moment, there are a number of people in your life, whether it's at school, at work, or in your family right now who deserve to be thanked. And they may not have done something for you personally (not that it's always about you), but maybe they simply deserve to know that someone notices the way they've always been so kind, or to be told their smile has always made your day a little brighter. Did you know you can totally make someone's day by sending an out-of-the-blue "thank you?" Try out these two magic words in a brand-new way, and see the impact a little gratitude can have. Who wouldn't love to be recognized just for being who they are?

Dear Norma,

Just a little note to tell you "thank you" for your positivity and cheerfulness. Seeing your face and big smile behind the desk every time I come to work out always puts me in a great mood for the rest of the day!


Thank you for the gift

Regardless of the size, shape, style, or expense of a gift, a thank-you note to the gift-giver is basically the best way of saying, "Hey, you know that thing you bought me? I got it." Describing that thing, even how you're going to use, eat, or read this gift in the future, helps the recipient know that the gift is not only received, but appreciated. Extra points if the person who gave you the gift gets to somehow enjoy the gift with you! Just another reason to buy decent wine and finer chocolates if you're the gift giver. ☺

Dear Mom and Dad,

Thank you so much for the amazing juice maker you sent me for my birthday. As you know, I've wanted to try juicing for a while now, and can't wait to give it a try!! I appreciate your supporting me in my new healthy lifestyle, and by the way... nice way to get me to drink my veggies, Mom!


Thank you for the money

Sometimes the best gift to receive is the type that folds flat and fits right in your wallet... cash! How to say thanks for money can be tricky, so here are some tips. When you're writing a thank you note, it's always best to talk less about the amount and more about what you're planning to do with the unexpected windfall. If someone's been nice enough to send a few dollars your way, the right way to thank them is to focus on the thoughtfulness of their gift, and to let them know how their generosity will make a difference in your life.

Dear Aunt Kathy:

Thanks so much for your thoughtful gift! We're having a lot of fun exploring the city, and plan to use the money to have a family fun day. Both kids love the Children's Museum, and we'll be thinking of you the whole time we're there.

Ken and Caroline

Thank you for the act of kindness

Now, instead of a thing in a box, this kind of a thank you is for something someone has done for you. Examples may include helping you out in a pinch, being there for you, or thinking of you for no good reason at all. Thanking the person is a way of completing the cycle of kindness. If you have ever given someone a present, (and I really, really hope you have!), you know that it takes a certain amount of energy and focus to pick something out for a specific person, hoping that they will enjoy it, and for that amount of energy, you get something in return. When you see the smile and read or hear the words, "thank you," it helps you to see that your effort was appreciated.

Dear Tina, What a lovely surprise! Coming home from the doctor to find some sweet treats on our doorstep while Cathy wasn't feeling well made us feel so special and made Cathy feel better already. Your thoughtfulness and caring is so appreciated.

Thanks, neighbor!
The Bradleys

Thank you for the support or help

We're talking big-time gratitude here. There are all kinds of people who really rise to the occasion when someone is in need, and those people deserve hugs. Or thank-you notes. Or both. Whether they drive or cook, call or donate, where would we be without these kind-hearted people? What should you write in a thank you card to someone who has been there for you? Keep these in mind: make sure to describe and compliment the one-of-a-kind person they are, and how much their help was needed, even how you might have been up a creek without their help. Don't be afraid to speak from the heart. At first, finding the right way to thank someone may seem a little overwhelming, but begin your note with those two magic words, and the rest will come. Tell your story and it will be genuine and well-received.

Dear Isabelle,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without your time, effort, and hard work, our "Save-the-Earthworms" fundraiser would not have been the tremendous success it was. Those long hours and caffeine runs truly made the difference, and I don't even know what I would have done without your last minute hot glue gun handiwork! Seriously, I may never do another event without you by my side.

Again, my deepest thanks.

Thank you for the hospitality

The list of thank yous, especially for a hospitality situation can be effusive, but also completely genuine at the same time. Did they provide you with a bed, a roof over your head, dinner, endless hot water and clean towels? Don't forget about the smiles, laughs, and conversations you shared. ☺ Add to these your own personal highlights from your time together, and you're sure to be invited back without having to wash the dishes! (We hope. You did remember to make your bed, didn't you?)

Dear Jeff and Wendy,

Your coffee was sublime, the concert was outstanding, but spending time with you was the absolute best. Thank you for making your home feel like a 5-star getaway, and please know we'd love to return the favor whenever you're in town!

See you again soon,
Nick and Carolyn

PS. Can you please send us the cinnamon scone recipe? Delicious!

Thank you for pet-sitting

Anyone you trust enough to take care of Fluffy the cat, Spot the dog, or Zippy the three-toed gecko is important enough to receive a thank-you card. Thank them for their care of your beloved pet, and let them know how much you appreciate being worry-free about your furry or scaly friend. What if you wrote the thank you from the pet's point of view? How super-cute would that be? Remember to enclose a picture of the happy pet saying, "See you next time!" Awwww...right?

Dear Callie,

Bow Wow, wow wow wow. BOW wow Woof Woof Woof! Bow wow wow, Woof Woof.

Furriest regards,

PS. My owner would also like to say how wonderful you are as my caring pet-sitter, and she will be calling you again soon to come over to play! Can't wait!

Thank you for being a friend

I know - you have that song stuck in your head, right? But seriously, this kind of gratitude is this gift that keeps on giving. Pour your heart into a small little note, make a list of the ways that friend is there for you, add a bunch of way-back-when memories, and not only will your friends feel loved and appreciated, it's a great practice for you, too. Remember gratitude is good for us.

Dear Meg,

Can you believe that we'll have been friends for twenty years this September? Time sure has flown since we were rah-rah-rah-ing on North Westenburg High's gym floor together. There are so many times I've thought to myself since then how lucky I am to have you as a friend. I feel lucky to have a true friend who really understands me, and I hope you always know how much your friendship means. Here's to the next 20 years, and more!


Thank you for teachers and coaches

Teachers and coaches are making the world a better place. Specifically your world. Teachers and coaches constantly give of their time, their wisdom, enthusiasm, and patience, and are always a little short on time or cash (or both). Add a thoughtful gift card inside an upbeat, complimentary thank-you note for these everyday heroes to let them know you notice how hard they're working. Gift cards for restaurants and movie theatres are always appreciated, and can give these people a well-earned night off!

Dear Mrs. Thompson,

I just wanted to let you know how much Junior is enjoying 2nd grade this year, and how much I appreciate the time and attention you have spent with him on his level 2 reading books! I've noticed such an improvement when he reads at home, and his confidence is growing by leaps and bounds! Thanks so much for your dedication to helping Junior day after day. As he likes to tell me, "Mrs. Thompson is my favoritest!"

Kindest regards,
Mrs. Taylor (Junior's Mom)

Thank you for the work / business

A high-class, quality move right here. Sending a potential customer or loyal customer a thank-you note for their business builds upon a good relationship and turns it into a great one. Throw in a discount for the next time they use your business, and now your thank-you note is doing your work for you! (Did you have any idea these little cards were so versatile?)

Dear Valued Customer, (or try to use their actual name for a more authentic connection)

From each of us here at Yolanda's, we wish to express our deepest gratitude for your continued business. Making customers like you happy is the icing on the cake! Please let us know how we can serve you better in the future, or better yet, bring in this note for a 10% discount on your next purchase of a custom cake!

Sweetest regards,
Yolanda's Yum Factory

Thank you for the interview

This thank you is serious business, the kind of business you want to be in. Want to know how to write a thank-you note for a job interview? You've come to the right place, grasshopper. The interview thank you should be mailed no later than two days after the interview, and it does only two things. It puts your name in front of the person you interviewed with again in a different, positive way, and second, it shows what good manners you have! Be brief, thanking the interviewer for their time, add a line about how interested you are in the position, and leave any contact information in case they call you up to offer you the job! It can be as simple and short as:

Dear Mr. Sapirstein -

Thanks so much for speaking with me about the editorial internship at the ABC Stanza Company. I enjoyed learning about the opportunity, and appreciate being considered for the position.

Thanks again!
Your name

Regardless of how you share your gratitude, be authentic, be you, and your attitude of gratitude will almost certainly be contagious. ☺

P.S. Thank you for reading!

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