“Translate” thank you note, c/o Minted
I’ve loved writing since I was little. I remember scrawling down long, creative stories in elementary school, and completing my essays before any other homework as I got older. I journaled religiously when I went to college, majored in print and digital journalism, and now, this blog!
One of my very favorite things to write is the thank you note. I wrote what feels like hundreds growing up, at my mom’s insistence, and always dreaded it. But somewhere along the way, after I’d moved out of my parents home, I realized that thank you notes are little hand-written snapshots of meaningful moments in your life. They represent so much more than the sweater that your friend gave you– it’s about the time you spent together before the sweater. The dinner, the movie, the delicious red wine and the girl talk. You’re thanking her for being such a good friend.
Here are a few of my favorite tips for making your notes extra heartfelt.
1. Focus on the experience. Yes, the gift is the reason for the thank you note (unless you’re writing a note for an experience– go you!), but ultimately, we both know that you care more that she somehow wrangled everyone at your birthday party into a truly enthusiastic karaoke sing-off. So don’t forget to include the experience, as well as the gift.
2. Wait until you wear it. Or use it, or taste it, or whatever it may be. That way, you can be genuine in the detail that you choose to include. “The color is really pretty” is much less interesting than, “the cutest boy told me I looked beautiful in the sweater in line at Starbucks.” :)
3. Shorter is sweeter. There’s no need for a novel. A sweet note that packs a punch is more fun, anyways. I usually write the note on a separate piece of paper, make sure I’m happy with it, and then transfer it to the card. That way the spacing is spot-on.
4. Write like you talk. Whenever I’m stuck, I think about what I would say to the recipient if I was talking to them. For example, instead of “It’s just what I was looking for,” I might write, “I know this sounds cheesy, but that sweater looks like it came straight from one of my Pinterest boards!”
And, just because I’m feeling sappy today, I wanted to thank you all for reading. Your support and sweet comments mean so much to me. :)