April 29, 2014 |
Writing thank you notes for cash can be tricky, so today we’re gonna look at how to write a thank you note for money and gift cards.
You should always send a thank you note when people give you gifts, so here’s how to write a thank you note for money and gift cards in 7 easy steps.
1. Use their name. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Including the gifter’s name in your note makes it personal, and that’s what you want.
2. Call it a “generous gift.” Don’t say, “Thanks for the money!” It sounds much better to say, “Thank you so much for your generous gift!” If it’s a gift card, you can say generous gift, or call it a gift card.
3. Tell them what you used/plan to use it for … Did you buy new fuzzy slippers with your gift? Or the last gravy bowl on your wedding registry? Tell them.
4. … And why you love it. Explain that your tile floors can get cold and you’ve been wanting fuzzy slippers to keep your feet warm. Explain that the gravy boat will help you make your house a home and will get great use when you entertain friends — and the person who gave you the money!
5. Wrap it up by saying you appreciate them or can’t wait to see them again. Tell them you’re thankful they celebrate with you every year on your birthday, or that they were able to be with you on your wedding day.
6. Thanks again! Never hurts.
7. Sign it. Use “love” or “sincerely” or whatever you’re most comfortable with, or you could even combine 6 and 7 and use “thanks again” as your signoff.
I hope this helps you note writers with your thank-yous. If you need to pick up a couple thank you notes to have on hand, head on over here, and if you’re looking for how to write a thank you note for things that aren’t money, check out this post.
April 16, 2013 |
Did you know April is National Letter Writing Month? I’ll be doing a short series on Tuesdays for the rest of the month on how to write a few of the notes we’re most unsure how to write.
How to write a thank you note
What to write in a sympathy card
How to write a love note
So let’s start with how to write a thank you note for a gift or something nice someone did for you.
1. Choose the right piece of stationery.
Do you like flowers? Do you like clean and simple? Guys, maybe something more masculine? Use a card that’s appropriate for you, the recipient, and the occasion. Something formal is out of place if you’re thanking a friend for watching your dog this weekend.
2. Address it to them.
Use their name inside your note. That way they know this was specially crafted for them.
3. Say thanks. (Duh.)
Thanks so much for your generous birthday gift! Thank you for dog-sitting Fido this weekend.
(Expert tip: If you’re writing a thank-you note for a monetary gift or a gift card, don’t say “thanks for the money.” Say “thanks for your generous gift.” You can clarify in the next part.)
4. Tell ‘em why you love it.
What are you going to do with the gift? Will it look great in the kitchen? Will you use it to decorate the kitchen? What are/were you able to accomplish because of their generosity? “These new sneakers actually MAKE me want to run in the mornings!” “We had a wonderful, relaxing vacation knowing Fido was in good hands.”
4. Look forward to time together.
Acknowledge that they are a part of your life. Say “let’s have dinner soon,” or “can’t wait to see you at grandma’s birthday party.” If it’s not likely you’ll see them anytime soon, maybe you can refer to the occasion of the gift. “I had a great birthday and even though we’re far apart, you were part of it!”
5. Thanks x2.
Say thanks again. (Literally, “Thanks again for your gift.”) It won’t hurt.
6. Sign it.
Love, all the best, always, whatever works best for you. And your name, of course.
7. The biggest, most important thing about writing a thank you note is …
JUST DO IT.
People love receiving them. It doesn’t have to be a Shakespearean sonnet or the most beautiful thing you’ve ever written. Just a few lines to say thanks, that you thought enough of their generosity to take a few minutes of your day to write a handwritten note. Just do it.
Don’t forget to check back next week for how to write a sympathy card.