*A helpful hint to keep you extra organized: keep all of your gift tags in an envelope or box and write what the gift was on the back of each one!
Throughout the years I have become quite a little note writer. I have found it to be a good opportunity to show someone how much they mean to you--and believe me, it means a lot to them. There is just something about a handwritten note that time cannot erase. For things as simple as a call, or as big as a Kitchen Aid mixer, thank you notes can have a special way of exhibiting gratitude and love. With my wedding only a few weeks away, you can imagine how busy I have been writing! Thank you notes can have a way of becoming overwhelming, burdensome--and let’s just be honest; a real chore.
**Notice what I have said, “CAN have a special way of exhibiting gratitude and love” and “CAN have a way of becoming overwhelming, burdensome, etc.”
It’s all about attitude! If you are genuinely writing because you are appreciative and care--it will show in your words! If you are well organized, timely and grateful--it won’t become overwhelming! I want to share my tips in honor of the art of the Thank You note.
Purchase an address book, make an excel spreadsheet--do something so that you don’t have to call your mother and ask for your great aunts address for the third time. You’ll be glad you did, and you’ll be able to add to it throughout the years.
Put your stamp on it
Any old stamp will send mail--but you’re trying to send a message! It is such a special touch when the stamp coordinates with the envelope--it shows thoughtfulness and preparation.
If you’re like me, your local post office doesn’t offer a wide selection. Well, the USPS has a nifty website where you can view all available stamps!https://store.usps.com/store/browse/category.jsp?categoryId=buy-stamps&categoryNavIds=buy-stamps
After checking them out and choosing the perfect ones, you can order them, or have your post office do it! It usually takes a week for them to come in.
My personal favorite at the moment:
Everyone has a favorite pen, pick it up! As long as it is a legible color, you’re A-OK. Choosing your favorite pen as opposed to just any old utensil will make all the difference. My favorite pens and markers:
Choosing appropriate stationary is key to make writing and receiving the notes even more fun. Sometimes, I even make my own by printing on a flat card!
You can also shop stationery here at The Southern Mercantile!
Now, for the important part; grab a blanket, turn on some music, set out all your tools and get cozy on the couch.
Before you start writing, I think it is important to reflect on who gave you the gift, your relationship with that person, the thought behind the gift, and how you will use it. Thinking about all of these things are a way of “brainstorming” for your note. You should mention the shower, party or occasion in which you received the gift--and let them know you are glad they were there! Tell what is special about the gift, and if possible, relate the gift to the giver in some way (I try to use a memory). And last but not least, I think it is always a good idea to take the chance to thank them for other things they have done for you throughout your life. If you do these things, your note is sure to stand out from the crowd.
People do not hesitate to give good gifts to those who are grateful.