How to: Thank You Notes & A Giveaway

Saying thank you can go a long way. The simple fact of acknowledging someone for a kindness, act, gift, or talent is an easy way to spread joy, encourage, and uplift! I am passionate about snail mail and think that sending a thank you note is a quick & thoughtful way to let the people in your life know that you are thankful for them. 
Whether you have a list of gifts that you need to write thank yous for or you just want to appreciate your friend for picking up your kids after school, a thank you note does not need to stress you out as you try to formulate it. These three steps (and some extra bonus points) will give you confidence as you write your notes:
1. Personalize and date the card. Thank you notes don’t need to be stuffy, most of the time they are going to people you love (and are thankful for!) start with a first name, nick name, or simple “hello!” It is also important to always date your cards! I know I am not the only card hoarder (the written word is too beautiful to throw away) and it fun to know when the card was sent! 
2. Be as specific as possible & share why you are thankful. Thank your aunt for the baby quilt she made by hand and share how it fits in perfectly with the colors of the baby room OR thank your best friend for always sending witty texts and hilarious memes that make you laugh throughout the day. The more specific and the more you share your heart with them, the more it will touch their heart. 
NOTE: Do not lie or exaggerate this part. If the quilt that your aunt made does not match the baby room, don’t say that it does. Share with her a truthful reason you are thankful for it or imagine it being used – like maybe “I know it will enjoy many movie nights, childhood forts, laundry cycles, and naptimes.” 
3. End with the future and a sign off. As you wrap up your note, make one last connection with them.  Let them know you are excited to see them at back to school night, your high school reunion, on facebook, or on your next trip to your mailbox. Express a desire to connect with them again in the future whether that is in person or online. Then sign your name. I tend to always use XOXO in my send offs but you can find your own way! Make it consistent with the tone of your note (so sincerely may be too stuffy.)
BONUS: 
– If the gift was money or a gift card, share what you used or are planning on using it for. Like ” I am so excited to put that cash toward a new camera!” or “I bought some much needed new blue jeans from GAP with that gift card.” You should not mention the amount in the note, you are thankful for the gift whether $5 or $100. 
– Send the note even if you are late. It is always wonderful to know that someone is thankful for you, even if it is something you did in the past. 
– Always throw in your business card if it is related to your job, shop, or blog! It is an added touch and contact. They may not keep your note, but they will keep your card and remember your thoughtfulness (mine are also from Minted!!!!)
– Take your time, use your legible handwriting, and pretty stationary! I love this stationary I have in these pictures from Minted. It makes the note just a  bit more beautiful and thoughtful. You can see all their other Thank You Cards here. Some washi tape from Thatch & Thistle, personalized stamp from Expresionary, and Harry Potter stamps complete the package! 

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN:
Okay, so not only do I want to inspire you to go out and send those thank you notes, I also want to hook you up with some cards of your own! And not just one of you will win, there will be THREE winners who will win $75 to Minted for some cards of their own! Entering is simple, just fill out the rafflecopter bellow and do not cheat!
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Author: Oak & Oats

  • Gabriela Keeton

    Love all the gold washi tape.

  • Gabriela Keeton

    I would get some Christmas cards. this would be the first year I would get some because I haven't really been able to do so before.

  • Great thank you notes guide! I'll be visiting this after Christmas and the wedding! So of course, I would use the Minted credit for wedding invitations– it would be a HUGE help 🙂

  • Kelly Brown

    I love these notecards….
    bzzzzzzzzzz Personalized Stationery

  • Love cute stationary, snail mail, and thank you notes! So many to choose from, but I love the "flower burst".

  • Charlie H.
  • Mai Tran

    English Countryside Personalized Stationery by Kristie Kern

  • Elisa Gruss

    Hello Friend is beautiful. Thanks : )

  • Nicole Mangum

    There are so many to choose from! I would get either the Floral Fringe thank you cards or the Thank You Herbs thank you cards.

  • i love the Provencale Summer stationary!

  • My goal in life is to win one of your giveaways haha I love all of the florals and gold detailed stationary. It would be hard to choose!

  • I have been wanting to take the jump and purchase business cards for my blog. There are so many wonderful ones to choose from. Fingers crossed!

  • edb02a

    I love this giveaway! When growing up, I was pretty much forced to write thank you notes and now I couldn't imagine not doing it!

  • I am always so encouraged whenever someone takes the time
    to write me a handwritten note and it's something I want to do more often! Cute cards always make it so much more fun also!

  • I love this post! Thank you notes are something my mom taught me to write at a young age. I think it's such a polite and meaningful practice.

  • Love your business cards, Elizabeth – they're so cute!!

  • I love the Stamp and Stripe Business Cards from Minted!
    Stamp and Stripe Business Cards

  • Beth Ann

    I also love my Minted business cards!! 🙂

  • I love Minted! I might use the gift card for business cards for my blog or save it for when I need save the dates someday. They have the cutest designs!

  • 🙂 You are one sweet thank you card writer- fun to be a recipient! Love your business cards too!! Snail mail is ALWAYS fun to receive among the bills and junk! Great reminders- now i'm feeling in the thank you card writing mode!

  • I just love minted!!! I'm thinking I'd get "Audrey" or maybe "Indio" or "perfectionist"…I just can't make up my mind!

    I love everything in this post…The stationary, your business cards, and the gold washi tape. Which reminds me…Where do you buy your washi tape and that gold foil confetti stuff that you put into my spring etsy swap package? (I'm still loving those gifts, BTW!)

  • Catherine R.

    I would have to go with the foil pressed Wanderlust Wreath or the foil pressed Majestic. Both are personalized stationary. I am in love with the gold!

  • we've got a little nugget on the way – so probably announcement cards – or thank yous.
    Both are unbelievably adorable.

  • Camp Greystone

    I'd do the Easy Elegance or Audrey foil press

  • Pick me pick me! I love their stationery, all of it! 🙂

  • I would love to possibly get some baby shower invites!

  • I'm loving the Triangular Thank You Cards by Paper Dahlia in yellow!

  • Thank you so much for the tip on putting a business card in your note! I never thought of that! Now I just need some Minted business cards…;)

  • All I need are some pretty pink stationary and business cards! I also loved your tip on placing your business card in notes 🙂

  • I'd get some thank you's for my baby shower.

  • Your business cards are adorable!!!
    I would love to get some stationary to write thank you notes for my upcoming baby showers!

  • This is such a great post! After responding to comments digitally all the time, I think I've forgotten the knack of an actual handwritten note, so this is perfect. As for the stationary – YIKES, that's a tough decision. I really like the one you have in your pictures above, so it's a toss up between that one and the Rainbow Hello – classic, clean with a pop of color!

  • Liz Spangle

    I LOVE Minted! I absolutely adore stationary. This could really come in handy for me with a baby on the way!! 🙂

  • Love Minted!!!

  • I love all your photos! So beautiful! And the stationary and your business cards! Swoon! There are so many lovely choices from Minted. I love the Little Whimsey cards!

  • I like the soft watercolor stationery in aqua. So pretty! 🙂 And I adore your business cards!

  • Anna

    I love the Hello Friend Foil stationery 🙂

  • Oooo, I love the lace and kraft one! So pretty.

  • Matt

    I would buy wedding invitations! So many great designs!

  • Liz

    I would buy save the dates!

  • You're business cards are adorable! I'm planning on ordering my Christmas cards from Minted this year so this would be a wonderful thing to win!

  • Your business cards are SO pretty! I love the colors and the gold, too. 🙂 As for the Minted stationery, I'm loving all of their floral designs, especially the Watercolor Botanical Collage!

  • Trillina Palemi
  • Erin Toews

    I really love the africa/tribal themed cards. so hard to pick a favorite! Would go well with sending thank-yous for our year-long mission trip.

  • The arrowhead one is nice, though I would probably be tempted to get multiple kinds of stationery…

  • I would have to pick up more thank you cards, as I'm always running out! I love the Nautical Campy ones! I'd probably buy way too many, there are so many cute ones!

  • I love the English Countryside design

  • Mercedes Lyne

    I really like the Indio stationary

  • I love the Posey Blush stationary and the Wanderlust Wreath.

  • Suzanne devaux

    I love the hello friend stationary

  • Heather Cheek

    so cute! And who doesn't love some good 'ole snail mail.

  • Blog business cards 🙂

  • Alyson

    Oh I love the new Foil-pressed stationery! I would love something simple with my name on it:) Thank you!

  • Rachel Kaelin

    Im in love with everything Minted! Adorable! And with christmas right around the corner, this could get out of control quickly!

  • I love the braided chevron stationary – again with my current gold obsession.

  • I love all of it, but I might go for some much needed business cards over stationary. Ahh, who knows?!

  • I love the painted triangles Christmas card. I definitely want that and will put it toward the $75 allowance if I win 😀

  • monacpete
  • Jess Vartanian

    Rose garden thank you cards would be perfect for thank yous for my wedding

  • I love the hello friend stationary. 🙂

  • The "hello friend" stationery is too cute!! I love minted!

  • French Deco Bouquet is beautiful! I've been dying over their Christmas cards lately – trying to plan ahead so that I don't miss it again this year. haha

  • I have way too much stationery, but I am craving one of their photo prints!

  • I love Minted! The "hello friend" stationary with the pink watercolor background is lovely!

  • Sarah

    Swoon. I love the braided chevron and the grainfield! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Paige Pierog

    I would get the botanical wreath foil-pressed personalized stationary in charcoal