Thank You Cards

April 30, 2013


I've grown up with my dad preaching to me to have my thank you cards written the week after whatever event that requires a little snail mail. It used to be something I found a bit obnoxious and never really enjoyed taking the time to show my gratitude but over time, I've learned the meaning behind each handwritten letter and I've come to appreciate and be extremely intentional about sending a thank you for even simply spending the evening with us when it's hard to work in with schedules.

I am one who loves getting a little love in the mail so I find I get the same satisfaction knowing someone else will be also. I feel I've mastered the basic thank you card and have a few tips on places to snag inexpensive cards and a how to make it custom to your receiver. 


First off where to find some great cards. My go to place is Target, go figure. The $1 binds have some awesome and seriously cute cards to sort through. Most of them come in packs of 6-8 and they're simple but to the point. Shown above come with 4 yellow and 4 gray with all teal envelopes. Perfect for spring and summer if you ask me. 

My second favorite place to shop cards is Hallmark. They tend to have a little more pricey cards but the quality is perfection. They are more custom so you can chose a few styles that really speak to you, stock up over the year and keep them in a good place so you always have them to run to. Expect to spend $10-$15 on a pack of 20 here.

Supplies: my favorite thing to write with is my Sharpie Pen. It's fine tip is easy to read and stays bold on all colors when writing a note. Washi tape is also my best friend since it gives more of a custom look when using basic cards. If I'm really in the mood for something fun, after I write out the note, I throw in a pinch of glitter before I seal my envelope. Such a surprise for the one receiving the snail mail!


Finding the right things to say in the content is something that took me a bit to figure out but this is what I like to do:

thank them
mention the item or gesture you're thanking them for
mention something coming up you'll see them at
thank them again (if needed)
sign off

Simple and to the point.



Address the cards as needed and dress up the outside a bit with washi tape if you desire then pop it in the mail. I hope those little ways I've learned for thanking can help you. And again, anyone likes to get a little something in the mail. It's always such a nice surprise so go send some cards, stat!




18 comments

  1. I put washi tape on my letters too! so happy that you did this post, thank you notes are a lost art, in my opinion!

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  2. I love snail mail! I write lots of letters, and always thank you cards. Always.

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  3. LOVE the washi tape! Totally going to steal that idea. :)

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  4. I have to write 20 thank you cards from my birthday (April 1)... overdue! I have the cards. Luckily, I have a flight on Friday and plan to get them done then!

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  5. its true. i love getting a little something.
    cute stationary, love it.

    K

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  6. YESSSSSSSS sharpie pens are the BEST! I've been on thank you card spree lately because I have some with my initials on them, and they'll change when I get married, so I don't want to waste them.

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  7. My mom always made me write out thank yous when I was younger and I thought it was such a chore. Now that I'm older it's actually fun to sit down and customize them for whoever I'm sending them to :)

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  8. I'm obsessed with those skinny sharpies!!!

    Carly
    www.lipglossandcrayons.com

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  9. My mom was always a stickler on Thank You notes too! I am so happy though, now I love writing them. There is something special about receiving a hand written note in the mail. I love how you seal the envelope with washi tape! I need to start doing that, what a cute finishing touch.

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  10. so cute!

    xx
    http://thepocketbookblogg.blogspot.com/

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  11. I saw some washi tape at Michael's this past weekend, and I'm thinking about getting some. The only problem, is that I'm not sure what I would do with it!

    xx Denysia Yu
    http://thatlaitgirl.com

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  12. I just bought those from Target the other day! LOVE those.

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  13. I just bought some stationary from Target because I wanted to surprise friends with fun mail :)

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  14. I use that same kind of pen. I love writing with a felt tip, it just screams my personality haha!

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  15. Snail mail is the best!

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  16. My mom used to give me the same talk. That's why I've started making my thank you cards again. She always used to have us make a few because it added an extra touch. You should make some of your designs into cards some day! Let me know when you do :)

    Allison

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  17. I got those cards too! Love the combo of yellow and turquoise!

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