Writing thank you cards is kind of a southern thing but it is just a general good thing to do after you receive a gift or after someone does something nice for you. It is best to get your thank you cards out within three months of receiving the gift - which I know is a struggle when you have a million other things going on, but I promise it will be worth it!
It is best to handwrite your notes and add a personal touch because anything pre-printed can seem cold and impersonal since you did not take the time to really thank the person for their unique gift.
Pro-tip: Write the thank you notes as you receive the gifts so it doesn't seem like such a big task. Do a little planning - make a spreadsheet listing the invitee, the gift given, then a third column to keep some helpful notes. Jot down what you like about the item or how you plan to use it so you can add a personal touch to your note. You can even do this with cash or gift cards by letting the giver know how you plan to make use of their generosity.
If you are still stuck on what to write in those thank you cards here are a few samples to get the creative juices flowing:
Scenario #1: A gift off your registry
Pro Tip: It’s something you wanted, so mention how much you love it and that you plan to use it all the time.
Dear Margaret, Thank you so much for the espresso machine! Chris and I have become serious coffee fiends, and are excited to be able to make our own drinks at home. We’d love to have you over for brunch soon so you can see it in action! Thank you again for being a part of our wedding day. Best, Emily
Scenario #2: A gift of money
Pro Tip: Don’t mention how much you received—but do hint at how you’ll use the cash!
Dear Aunt Melissa and Uncle Marc, Thank you so much for celebrating our wedding day with us! Chris and I were thrilled with your generous and thoughtful gift. Thanks to the two of you, we were able to book the cooking class we’d had our eye on for our honeymoon. Looking forward to seeing you over the holidays! Love, Emily
Scenario #3: The gifter is someone you don’t know well
Pro Tip: Mention the person you know in common.
Dear Mrs. Bergen, Thank you for the gorgeous crystal bowl. It will look absolutely beautiful on our coffee table. It was so lovely to see you at the wedding—my mother always speaks so fondly of you, and Chris and I were so happy to finally meet you in person! Sincerely, Emily