Thank You Note Samples & Examples

Continuing our series on all the do’s and don’ts of writing thank you notes, today’s post is all about practical examples of wording that would do well for a thank you note in most situations.

The 6 steps below show the general format you should follow for a thank you note:

1. Salutation

  • for formal letters (say for the Boss, or older family friend)

 Dear [name of person]

  • for informal (friends, younger co-workers etc.)

Hi [name of person]!

2. Opening line of thanks, making specific mention of the gift

Thank you for the [description of gift] [name of gift] or event or favour

Example: Thank you so much for the lovely yellow towels you sent us.

3. More than one sentence about the item (or event or favour) including a positive comment on what you are thanking them for.

– using more than one sentence (or breaking one sentence into 2 parts) makes this part of the thank you note feel more sincere

It is always so nice to have new fluffy towels to use in the bathroom. And the beautiful colour you have chosen is so fresh and spring-like it will cheer me up every morning just to see them.

4. Another sentence telling the giver you appreciate the thought or time they put into it (a postive comment on the giver), and mentioning the occasion it was given for

It was really thoughtful of you to send us a gift for our new home, and we look forward to showing you around the next time you are able to visit.

5. A second thanks

Thank you again,

6. Sign Off

  • formal – Yours sincerely, Kind regards, Warm regards
  • informal – Love

+ your name – signed (if your signature is readable) otherwise hand written.

So, the full note would read like this:

Dear Aunty Margaret

Thank you so much for the lovely yellow towels you sent us.

It is always so nice to have new fluffy towels to use in the bathroom. And the beautiful colour you chose is so fresh and spring-like it cheers me up every morning just to see them.

It was really thoughtful of you to send us a gift for our new home, and we look forward to showing you around the next time you are able to visit.

Thank you again,

Love from, Jessica & Pete

There, that’s not so hard is it! And following this easy example should work well for most occasions.

However, it you would like to add a bit more oomph & personality to your notes, here are some other great examples from http://www.thank-you-note-samples.com

Dear Stacy,

How in the world did you know I liked chocolate? Ok I guess it’s not a big secret, but you managed to get me my absolute favorite kind, and wrapped in a bow so pretty I hated to untie it (but I did). I’m trying to pace myself but it’s going quickly!

Thank you for thinking of me! You could not have picked out anything more perfect!

Much love,

Dear Bill,

The flowers are gorgeous! I’ve never gotten flowers at the office before and it was quite a treat! I felt like a queen. Thank you so much for sending them, and for choosing such a beautiful bouquet. You really made my day!

Love,

Dear Friends,

I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the gift basket you sent to the hospital. It was such a nice surprise, and how did you know all my favorite treats? You are so thoughtful to have sent it; it really lifted my spirits. Thank you all very much!

Sincerely,

Dear Mindy,

Oh my gosh, just when I thought baby clothes couldn’t get any cuter, you find these adorable little overalls! And as if they weren’t sweet enough, the matching hat and socks put them over the top. I cannot wait to put them on the little one. Thank you so much!

It was such fun to have you at the shower. Thanks for making the drive over!

And of course, if you’re Marilyn Monroe, you can show loads of personality in 3 short sentences:

Thank you note - Marilyn Monroe

And, if none of this advice works for you, there’s always the Molesworth self-adjusting letter system to try:

thank you letter - Moleworth self-adjusting

Photos 1 & 2 via Pinterest

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