Thank You Notes
by Scott Smith
My mom beats me like a red-headed step-child (hey, I have one of those) for not sending out thank you notes. I tell her I was raised wrong, which doesn’t really help my situation.
From How to Write A Thank You Note:
Express Your Gratitude
Thank you so much for the slippers.
This first paragraph seems like it would be the easiest, but it is actually the most complicated. Beware the just writing trap. You are not â€˜just writing to sayâ€™ as in I am just writing to say; thatâ€™s stating the obvious. If the giver is reading, clearly you have already written. Therefore use the present-perfect tense, which essentially means write as if whatever you say is happening in the moment.
Alsoâ€”and this is importantâ€”never directly mention money. â€˜Thank you for the hundred bucksâ€™ could instead be â€˜Thank you for your generosity.â€™ All cash denominations become â€˜your generosityâ€™ or â€˜your kindness.â€™ If you feel the giver overspent, the farthest you can go is appreciated: â€˜Your generosity is appreciated,â€™ or â€˜It is such an extravagant giftâ€”your kindness is appreciated.â€™