Hope you are all recovering from a wonderful holiday celebration (or right in the middle of one!) I’ll bet you got some great gifts (and some not-so-great ones too.) Chances are that the person who bought it for you, love it or hate it, actually put some time, thought, and money into it.
Hand-Stamped Thank-You Cards from Mooseart at Etsy
Although they’re barely heard of nowadays (a true shame), thank-you notes will never go out of fashion. This is one of the few times where I will break the eco- and spendy rules and say GO WITH A TRADITIONAL, SNAIL-MAIL HANDWRITTEN NOTE. Especially if it is for a grandparent or someone else from the pre-digital revolution. And especially for a handmade gift – even if you hate it or it doesn’t fit, it likely took them many hours of hard work to make it.
Guilt trip: when is the last time you sent a thank-you note? Have you even thought about them at all this year? They won’t take you long and they will warm the hearts of those who receive them, and make them so glad they invested in you. Stamps have gone up, but they are still only 44 cents (for now – they go up to 45 cents on the 1st of the year, so go out and get some “Forever” stamps now!) and that is a small price to pay for keeping the peace and making someone happy. In addition to post offices, stamps are also available for purchase at many grocery and big-box stores as well as newsstands, drugstores, and office supply stores.
Thank-you notes can be written on stationery or blank notecards, or you can make or purchase special thank-you notes. What is important is that you send it!
Here’s a basic outline of a short, sweet thank-you note:
Dear Aunt Mae,
Thank you so much for the ____________ you sent to us. It was very generous of you and much appreciated.
Hope that your holidays were as wonderful as my own./It was great to see you and spend the holidays with you.
Happy New Year!
Now personally, I don’t care if you use this template for every single note you write, and unless you are from some particular family, they are not going to compare your notes so they won’t know or care either. Just put in a pinch of personalization here and there, maybe add a photo to the card, especially if you have young kids, and stick that bad boy in the mail!