When Should you Write a Thank You Note?
Of course, you don't have to write a note for every little favor. But if someone gives you a surprise gift, helps you out of a tight spot, or performs a special favor, a thank you note won't go amiss. Thank you notes are also a great way to thank people for birthday and holiday gifts. But at the end of the day, there aren't any "hard or fast" rules about when to thank somebody. If you think that someone deserves your gratitude, that's the time to write a note.
If you just celebrated a holiday and need a way to keep track of the gifts you received, you might want to invest in a SMARTplanner. A personal planner is also a great way to remind yourself to write thank you notes to you friends and family.
Formal or Informal?
Ultimately, it's up to you how formal or informal your thank you note will be. If you're writing for close friends or family, they might expect--and even appreciate--a bit of informality or humor. But if you're writing to a stranger, it's better to remain formal, with a certain level of professional distance. Purchasing a card is a great way to add a formal touch to your note. Pre-made thank you cards are available, but they tend to feel impersonal, so make sure you add your own personal note.
What Should I Include in the Note?
A good thank you note is simple, sweet, and direct. You don't have to gush about the other person or pepper your note with lots of flowery language--simply tell the other person what their gift or gesture meant to you. You can send your note through email, but handwriting your note gives it a truly personal touch--and a handwritten card is something that they're likely to keep. Make sure you sign your note at the end. A thank you note might seem like a small gesture, but it offers the simple gift of gratitude: something that the recipient is sure to treasure.