Christmas is over, and the time is perfect for brushing up on how to write a thank-you letter. If you’ve received gifts or help of some kind, it never hurts to show your appreciation, and acknowledge kindness in a timely manner.
Let’s assume that you are thanking someone for a gift. It is good to have foldover note cards on hand. Handwriting your note gives it a personal touch.
What to Include
When you describe the gift, be sure to avoid tacky phrases like “the lovely gift” or “the nice present.” Instead, name the gift and tell how useful or appropriate it is. You might want to say how you plan to use it or where you will place it. Tell what it is about the gift that especially pleased you.
Add one or two sentences saying something nice about the giver of the gift, expressing affection or sending greetings to them and their family (if it applies).
It’s not a good idea to ask where the gift was purchased so you can return it.
If you receive duplicate gifts, do not mention this to the giver.
If the gift is money, it is usually best not to mention the amount. Instead, you can mention the giver’s kindness or generosity.
Don’t include news, extra information, or questions unrelated to the gift. Find a different opportunity for this, if necessary.
The main thing is to convey to the giver of the gift, that you appreciate their thoughtfulness and to tell them a simple “thank you.”
There is no need to gush over the gift or the person who gave it. This would seem flowery and insincere. Simplest is often best. Show your genuine appreciation and you will make the giver of the gift very happy.