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There’s an art to writing a thank-you letter. It goes beyond saying, “Thanks for _____. I really appreciate it.” We’ll show you some thank-you letter examples and templates that will help you express your gratitude in style.

We’ve all seen the movie and television trope where one character realizes that another has helped them and has a profound realization. The helped person usually says, with feeling, “Thank you. I don’t say it often enough.” But you don’t have to wait for that wind-beneath-my-wings moment to show your appreciation for someone. In fact, you don’t need an epiphany at all, just some common courtesy and the desire to make a good impression.

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Thank-you letters aren’t just for that all-important job interview follow-up. Although it’s essential to send a thank-you after an interview, there are plenty of other reasons to send thanks. You might consider thanking people who’ve helped you with a job search, for instance, or someone you met at an event who hooked you up with networking leads. Why not formally thank a colleague who filled in for you while you were on vacation, or your supervisor, who went out of her way to help you get time off on short notice? And don’t forget to send a thank-you note to Grandma. She worked hard on that crocheted blanket! And she probably remembers a time when thank-you cards were required etiquette for such gifts.

Thank-You Letter Types and Templates

You don’t need an excuse to send a thank-you letter—just a reason to be grateful. Here are a few different situations where sending a thank-you is good form, along with some templates to help you write the perfect expression of appreciation.

Job Interview Thank-You Letter

You did it! You wrapped up an awesome interview for a job you’re eager to land. Now that you’ve made a first impression, it’s time to send a thank-you note so that you’ll make a lasting one.

Don’t forget to use your thank-you letter as an opportunity to highlight why you’re the best candidate. Just keep it subtle. Remember, your goal is to express gratitude, not make a full-on sales pitch.

Here’s a tip: Consider the company culture when you decide on the format for your thank-you letter. A structured, formal office like a law firm would be most impressed by a handwritten thank-you note. A Silicon Valley tech startup might see you as a trendsetter if you sent a quick thank-you video as an email attachment. For most situations, an email to the interviewer is a foolproof option, especially if you know the company plans to make a quick hiring decision.

Your thank-you doesn’t need to be formal. In fact, it should be sincere and personable. The goal is to thank the interviewer for his time and reiterate your interest in the position. We covered it in detail in our article How to Write a Thank-You Email After an Interview, According to Experts.

Template

Dear [Interviewer’s Name],

[Opening line thanking them.] [Personalized detail about how you enjoyed meeting them, the hiring manager, and/or the team.] [Sentence that adds value to the discussions you had, and shows your passion for the company and position.]

[Sentence about how excited you are to hear from them, which also sets you up to send a follow-up email later.] [Closing sentence that thanks them again, and offers to provide further information.]

[Sign-Off],

[Your Name]

Example

Dear Ms. Kingston,

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me yesterday to chat about the content marketing manager position at Really Big Corporation. It was a pleasure connecting with you and hearing how energized you are about the company’s content marketing and growth goals. Because of my background in influencer marketing, I was particularly interested in your innovative ideas for influencer outreach—they sparked some ideas of my own and left me with the sense that we’d make an excellent collaborative team.

You mentioned that you’ll be taking some time to make a hiring decision, so I’ll do my best to wait patiently despite how excited I am to be considered. Meanwhile, let me know if there’s any further info I can provide. Thanks again for choosing me.

All the best,

Joe Miller

Saying Thank-You to a Colleague

Is formally thanking a colleague who goes above and beyond required by office decorum? Not really. And yet, it’s a professional gesture that won’t go unnoticed. If you’ve ever felt unappreciated after helping a coworker succeed, especially if you were the unsung hero, then you already understand why a thank-you note for a colleague is a powerful tool for cementing working relationships.

Template

Hi [Name], Thank you for [specific statement about what you’re thanking the recipient for]. [Sentence about why the person’s contribution deserves your gratitude.] [Sentence explaining the positive effect the recipient’s contribution had.]

[Optional: reiterate your thanks or offer a compliment or other friendly comment.]

[Sign-off],

[Your Name]

Example

Hi Kate,

Thank you for helping me put the final touches on the launch announcement video. You gave up some of your weekend to make it happen, and I just want you to know how much I appreciate your creative talents and energy. Your contributions made a difference, and we not only hit our deadline but created something awesome.

Thanks again. We crushed it!

Cheers,

Alyssa

Thanking Friends and Family

Sometimes, we forget to thank the people closest to us for the things they do or give to us. When a heartfelt face-to-face thank-you isn’t possible, a brief letter, card, or email is an excellent way to show that your friends’ and family members’ contributions haven’t gone unnoticed.

Template

Hi [Name],

Thank you for [specific statement about what you’re thanking the recipient for]. [Sentence or two about why the recipient’s contribution was meaningful to you.] [Optional: A sentence praising the recipient for their kindness, generosity, etc.]

[Optional: Any personal closing statement.]

[Sign-off],

[Your Name]

Example

Dear Jackie,

Thank you for your help with the family reunion—you’re my hero! The time you put into booking the hall and sending out invitations to family members, not to mention organizing the potluck, took much of the strain off me this year. I learned that, when I have someone to help me, the Nolan family reunion is not only manageable but fun. If you hadn’t jumped in to save the day, I might have ended up canceling it altogether and missing the chance to reconnect with everyone.

I’d love to take you out for coffee next time you’re in town as a small token of gratitude for all you’ve done. Give me a call!

Love,

Aunt Carol

Susan P. Joyce offers sample formal job interview thank you letters and notes. You want your thank you notes to make a positive impression, and support your.

I think it is appropriate, at this late hour in human civilization, to make the case for abolishing the cult of thank you cards. I have not yet heard a good and convincing defense of thank you cards that does not rely on cheap sentimentalism and hidebound traditionalism, two virtues poorly suited to defending anything.

Thank you cards are a mainstay in our culture. After every special event and occasion, after every instance in which a gift is exchanged under some celebratory circumstances, the recipient is expected to handwrite thank you notes within a year, sometimes hundreds of them, each one of those notes generally following an absolutely banal and tedious formula: “Dear [gift giver], thank you so much for [gift]. We’re really looking forward to [using gift in the way it’s supposed to be used]. Thank you so much for coming to [event]. See you soon! Love, [gift recipient].” Lick, stamp, post, repeat for every last platter and wok.

The straightforward truth is that nobody likes writing thank you cards. In fact, I suspect almost everybody positively hates doing it. It is tedious and unfun. Grinding out note after note of identical, monotonous pro forma gratitude is not a pleasurable pastime, nor even a merely dull one; it is a good old-fashioned nuisance. Why else does tradition allow for a year in which to do so? The unpleasantness of the whole affair is built into the very custom.

Nor is it the case that very many people enjoy receiving thank you cards. They are not really meant to be enjoyed. A thank you note functions as a sort of genteel signifier: “I did this, there you go, it’s done, you can’t say I didn’t do it.” How do we know this? Because that’s how we all write thank you cards. When we receive a thank you note we know the spirit in which it was written and sent, because most of us do it in the same way: We work our way down the list, checking off each family member, grumbling and checking again to see how many more we’ve got left to complete. When you receive a thank you note, you know that it was produced with this same weary sense of duty.

Contrast that with the marks and letters of true gratitude you’ve received in your life. They are by necessity rarer, but they are self-evidently genuine and thus infinitely more precious and treasurable than the “Thanks for the kitchen shears” note you got last fall. Real gratitude is not something we give people a year to express, because people don’t want a year to express it; they want to pour it onto the page immediately to communicate how deeply and honestly they’ve been touched. A real thank you letter radiates sincerity. “We are going to love using the new towels you got us!” does not.

I am not the only one to have noticed this. Several months ago, the writer Laura Turner shared a novel gift her friends had given her at her baby shower: “The gift of no thank you notes.” Turner was freed from having to write endless thank yous for the gifts she received at her shower. This is a particularly wonderful thing to give new parents, who self-evidently have a great many more important things to do than write a note thanking you for a soap dispenser.

But the cult of the thank you card remains strong, to the point that there are more than a few people who are honestly offended at the idea of not receiving one. According to one commentator on a wedding website: “It is inexcusable to not write a thank you note. I’m to the point that if I don’t get a thank you note, there won’t be future gifts.” Writing of people who don’t send thank-you cards, another said: “I would drop these ‘friends’.” Another, grousing over her husband’s family’s unwillingness to write thank you notes, wrote: “In every other social circle … everyone is diligent with thank you cards.”

‘Diligent,’ mind you. In no other context would gratitude be taken as evidence of conscientiousness, as if it were comparable to mowing the lawn or clipping the dog’s nails.

It is a strange thing to feel entitled to a thank you note. Do you really care that much? If so, why? I have given many gifts over the years and it never occurred to me to expect anything at all in return. My friendships and family relationships have never hinged on it either way. I have never been bothered by the lack of a thank you card and I am baffled by those who are.

We should drop this silly convention. There is little point to it, and even less moral merit. We can, and should, express real thanks when the moment calls for it; it is entirely worthwhile to say thank you when it is heartfelt and emphatic. Let’s learn to tell the difference, and stop expecting each other to mistake obligation for gratitude.

 

Daniel Payne is an assistant editor with The College Fix. His work has been featured in USA TodayNational ReviewThe Federalist, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and elsewhere. He publishes the newsletter Trial of the Century. He lives in Virginia with his wife and son. 

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Whether you wish to thank a close friend for simply being wonderful, or a potential employer for a job interview, a thank you card is an effective way to show your gratitude. Emails and phone calls are also appropriate modes of giving thanks, but thank you cards are little gifts in and of themselves — they are something physical that the recipient can keep on his or her desk, mantelpiece, etc. If you want to add a little more emphasis to your message of thanks, a card is a great way to do it.

Steps

  1. 1

    Buy or make your card. Making a card is a good show of appreciation if you have time and supplies. If you buy a card, make sure that any writing on the front or inside the card is appropriate (don’t buy a birthday card by mistake!). If you cannot find a pre-made thank you card that you like, consider buying a blank card with a nice design on the front.
    • Supplies for making your own cards are available at craft shops and some department stores, as well as some dollar stores.
    • Basic supplies for making cards include good card stock (nice thick paper); a paper cutter (if you invest in a cutter, make sure it also has a scoring blade to help create a neat fold in your cards); a glue stick, glue pen, glue dots, or double-sided tape dispenser (or a combination of these); decorative paper; ribbons and/or other embellishments; fancy pens; and envelopes.
    • Many craft supply shops, department stores, and dollar stores have card-making kits, which may be a better option if you are new to card-making and do not want to spend too much money on supplies.
  2. 2

    Consider the nature of the card. You’ll need to adjust the tone of your card depending on who you are thanking.
    • If you’re thanking a professional connection such as a potential employer after an interview, your note will likely address the employer using “Mr.”, “Ms.”, or “Mrs.”, and then demonstrate your understanding of the job as well as your ability to do it well.
    • If you’re thanking a colleague for a gift or favour, you would likely address them by their first name, acknowledge the gift/favour, and then tell them how you enjoyed it/how it helped you.
    • If you’re thanking a close friend or family member, the card will likely be much less formal, maybe even with some humour in it.
      • In the example we’ll use throughout this article, you’ll be thanking your friend Pat for helping you move to a new home. As she is a close friend, your options for a card are limitless. Choose a card that is tailored to her tastes — if you’re always laughing together, you might consider buying or making her a humorous card.
  3. 3

    Write a draft on a spare sheet of paper. Before writing in the card, write out a draft of what you’d like to say. Make sure you’ve perfected it before writing it in the card. While writing your draft consider who you are thanking, what you are thankful for, and why you are thankful for it.
    • Continuing from the aforementioned example, you want to thank you friend Pat for helping your move. You are extra grateful to her because it was a stressful day and you didn’t have much help. Her help was invaluable, and you want her to know how much you appreciate it.
  4. 4

    Be specific. Any details you can give will make the card more meaningful. Acknowledge the specific ways in which that person helped you, and explain why you are so grateful.
    • In thanking Pat for helping you move, instead of just writing, “Thank you for helping me move!”, specifically outline one or two things that she did that were especially amazing. Let’s say that she was particularly helpful in packing up your kitchen. In fact, you couldn’t believe how skilled she was at ensuring that your dishes were packed safely and with maximum use of space in each box.
    • How specific you get will depend on how much space you have inside the card. If you don’t have a lot of space to write in, keep your focus narrow.
  5. 5

    Keep it short. Unless you’ve purchased an enormous novelty card, you probably won’t have a tonne of space for your message. Consider the space while writing your draft. You may even want to cut a piece of paper to the size of the card and write your message inside of it to ensure that it fits before finalizing it inside the actual thank you card.
    • An example of a final message might be, “Dear Pat, Thank you so much for your help on Saturday! My entire kitchen made it to my new place without a single wine glass breaking, and that’s thanks to your insane packing skills. I don’t know what I would have done without you, and I just can’t thank you enough! Big love and hugs, Sally”
      • If you have enough space, you could also add something about making Pat dinner once you’ve settled into your new home.
  6. 6

    Write your thank you message inside the card. Once you’ve finalized what you want to say, write it neatly inside the card. If you know that you’re a messy writer, slow down and really try to make your writing as legible as possible.
    • If you really struggle to write legibly, consider typing out your note, printing it, and then pasting it inside the card. A written message feels more sincere, but it’s more important that the recipient can read your message.
    • Even if the card has a pre-printed message inside of it, your “thank you” will be more sincere if you add your own personal message beneath the pre-printed one.
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    Decide how you will sign off. Again, this will depend upon to whom your card is directed.
    • If you are writing to a potential employer or professional colleague, some appropriate closing words include “All the best”, “Regards”, “Warm regards”, “Many thanks”, or “Looking forward”.[1]
    • Some professionals recommend avoiding closing lines like “Yours truly” or “Sincerely”, as they sound dated and cheesy; they also recommend against saying “Thank you for your consideration”, as this suggests that you are already anticipating rejection.[2]
    • If you are writing to a close friend or family member, you can really close it however you like, for example, “Love”, “See you soon”, “Miss you”, “Can’t wait till next time”.
      • In the example given in this article, the writer (Sally) signs off with “Big hugs and love”, which is appropriate given her close relationship with her friend Pat. That sort of sign-off won’t always be appropriate with a close friend, though. It really depends on your specific relationship.
      • If you and your friend do not say “love you” and do not hug, signing off with “Big hugs and love” would sound pretty strange! A more appropriate sign-off in that case might be, “Talk soon!” or “Let’s hang soon!”, or something else that better reflects the nature of your relationship.
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    Sign your name. Again, legibility is important. Unless your signature is easy to read, you’ll want to print or clearly handwrite your full name.

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    Post the card or deliver it in person. Consider your timeline. If you are thanking someone for a job interview, you will likely want to use a fast delivery method to ensure that the card gets there as quickly as possible.
    • If you choose to post the card, ensure that you verify the address before sending it.
    • Most businesses have their addresses online, on their websites, but it doesn’t hurt to call and verify their address if you’re unsure — note that many businesses have mailing addresses that differ from their business address.

Tips

  • The effort you put into the card will show — the more you try, the more they will know you are grateful.
  • Ensure that you write inside the card with a nice-quality pen. Blue and black are standards and are more advisable for professional/more formal cards, whereas if you’re writing to a friend or family member, playing with different colours is fine.
  • If you're using a gel pen to write, make sure you don't smudge it.

Warnings

  • Note that with potential employers you’ll want to gauge whether a thank you card is appropriate. If an employer is looking to fill a position quickly, it may be more effective to send an email. If in the interview the employer was impersonal and rushed, it’s possible that they won’t appreciate the personal touch of a thank you card, and could view it as desperate/unattractive.

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To write a thank you card, try to include something specific you're appreciative of so the card is more meaningful. For example, you could write something like, "Thank you so much for helping me pack. Everything made it without breaking, and that's thanks to your amazing packing skills." Then, after you've written 2-3 sentences, end your note with an appropriate sign-off. For example, if it's a professional thank you card, you could write "Best regards," or you could write "Love" or "See you soon" for an informal card. To learn how to design thank you cards, keep reading!

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Here’s How to Write a Great Thank You Letter

Many people underestimate the power of a simple handwritten thank you card. These days it seems easier to send a quick email, text message or make a phone call, but a handwritten thank you note says more. Sending a handwritten thank you note says that you went out of your way to sit down and write a special message to someone who deserves it. Sentiments that are personalized for the recipient truly have the power to make someone’s day better while elevating your appreciation for someone’s help, gift, or kind gesture. Sending custom thank you cards to your family and friends is the perfect way to express your gratitude on a deeper level for just about any occasion.

Sometimes it can be difficult to put our thoughts on paper. We’ve all struggled at times to find the right words to say when thanking family, friends, or associates. Although, one thing that we can remember is that everyone desires to make a lasting impression. No matter how hard it may seem to get started, if you use these easy step-by-step instructions you’ll be a professional at crafting your thank you notes in no time. Since this article about what to write in thank you note has a lot of information, you can jump to specific information below:

What to Write in a Thank You Note

You can simplify your thank you card writing process by sticking to a few core rules and tips that add clarity. Since you’ll want to craft the perfect note of gratitude, always assess your relationship with the recipient to guide your wording. Follow steps one through six below if you’re having trouble deciding what to write in a thank you note:

  1. Open your card with a greeting that addresses your card recipient. “Dear,” is a safe standby greeting that is commonly used for notes and cards. If you have a closer relationship with your card recipient  you may decide to just use the recipient’s name or even a nickname. One thing to make sure of here, is that you’re using the correct form and spelling of the person’s name and anyone else’s names you might be using in your thank you message.
  2. Write a thank you message to express your gratitude. Next, it’s your chance to say what are arguably the two most important words in the card: thank you. You’ll want to make sure your thanks makes an appearance at the beginning of any thank you message.  Although it seems like two short words, there are many different ways to say thanks. When trying to find the perfect words, just keep in mind whom it is you are speaking to and use your own personal style to guide your selection.
  3. Add specific details to your thank you card. To make each thank you note a one-of-a-kind, it’s important that you add specific detail to your thanks. What exactly is it that you are thanking this person for? Did they do something more, something that specifically made you feel special? If so, include that in the note. There are a lot of occasions that deserve a special thanks. Like we said before, people love to feel appreciated and remember that they might not even know that they made a special impact on you until you thank them for it. If they gave you a gift, now would be a good time to describe how you’re going to use it. If they threw you a party, tell them what your favorite part was. If you are close with the card recipient, you can include inside jokes, or anything special that the two of you share. Crafting a sincere and heartfelt thank you card message is all about personalization.
  4. Write a forward looking statement. Mention the next time that you may see them, inquire about something going on in their life or just let them know that they are in your thoughts.
  5. Reiterate your thanks. As you begin to close your thank you card, restate your reason for writing the note. Add details to say thanks in a different way. This also serves as a great way to signal that your thank you note is coming to an end.
  6. End with your regards. The sign off you select will depend on your relationship with the recipient. For more formal thank you letters like a post interview thank you note or a letter for your boss, select a professional closing. If you are crafting a more personal message for your wedding thank you notes or bridal shower thank you cards, you might select a warmer closing.

Thank you notes are appropriate after many different occasions. Anyone who throws a party, gives a gift or takes time to do something for you deserves to be appreciated. If someone went out of their way for you it’s nice of you to acknowledge it. There is no event, action or occasion that doesn’t deserve a thanks. Your thank you messages don’t have to be two pages long, short and sweet will do the trick.

We all appreciate our actions getting noticed, especially when we did something nice for someone. These thank you card templates and examples for various occasions should leave you with zero questions on what to say in a thank you card and will give you some ideas for proper appreciation.

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Do not use the word “I”: A thank-you note is not about you, it is about the person who gave you the gift. Some examples include “You are so thoughtful!” or “How.

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