Are Thank You Cards Really Necessary?

Do you send Thank You cards? It seems like sending actual cards in the mail is something that not many people are doing nowadays. Not that I completely blame them – postage is expensive! But a Thank You is still in order, that much I am sure of. And teaching my kids to be appreciative of the gifts they are given is one of my number one parenting priorities. Teaching kids to send Thank You cards can definitely help them be appreciative of all the gifts in their life beyond just the material ones.

Are Thank You Cards Really Necessary? Christmas, birthdays, any gift really. Should you send a thank you note, or is a text just as good?

Sending a Thank You note let’s the gift giver know that you appreciate their gift. More than that, it also lets them know you received it at all. It could have been lost in the mail, or stolen, for all they know. The Thank You card serves as a message that they received your gift. It also lets them know you liked the gift.

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Types of notes

  • Handwritten
  • Email
  • Phone Call
  • Text
  • Facebook message/Wall post
  • Facebook/Twitter private message
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat

There are so many ways these days to say Thank You. Of course the most heartfelt will be in person, but that’s not always possible. So, what is acceptable these days? What feels right to you? Is an actual Thank You CARD sent in the mail 100% necessary?

It probably depends on how well you know the person or where you know them from.

However, any type of Thank You is better than none, so start somewhere.

My favorite Thank You cards

I love getting personalized Thank You cards because they add that special touch. Personally, I buy a whole bunch at one time to save on costs because they are cheaper the more you get. When I got married (about 5 years ago now!) I ordered wayyyy more Thank You cards than I needed at the time. They literally lasted me for years. I think I am down to my last dozen. I also got matching address labels which I loved having. Those recently ran out too. It’s great to have Thank You cards on hand, so you can quickly send one out whenever you need.

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5 Tips to Teach Your Child to Write Thank You Cards

Tip 1 – Take notes when opening gifts

You may think you’ll remember afterward, but 9 times out of 10 you won’t.

Tip 2 – Be prepared

Have Thank You cards, stamps, envelopes and addresses ready so you don’t have to go searching.

Tip 3 – Do it right away

Why wait? Oh right – procrastination. Have them write the Thank You cards right away. Your gift giver will appreciate the thought sooner rather than later.

Are Thank You Cards Really Necessary?

What to write in a Thank You card

Here is a very basic outline to what you should put in a Thank You card. It doesn’t need to be long but it should touch on all these points.

  1. Obviously – Thank you
  2. What the gift was
  3. What you plan to do or have done with the gift
  4. Your appreciation
  5. Sign your name

Example Thank You Card

Dear Aunt Nora,

Thank you so much for he beautiful sweater. I love it and can’t wait to wear it when it gets cooler out. It was so sweet of you to think of me on my birthday.

Love, Kristen

It’s not that difficult, but like most things in life, it’s a habit we need to teach our kids. Sadly, being thankful and appreciative seems to be lacking in society these days. So, help your kids appreciate the gifts they receive by sending a Thank You card. I am positive that the gift giver will appreciate the thanks.

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So what do you think? Thank You cards — yes or no?

*This post was originally published on Sweet Tea & Saving Grace.

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4 thoughts on “Are Thank You Cards Really Necessary?”

  1. I have sent a thank you card for every birthday, holiday etc to my parents. We were raised to do this and I feel it’s important to continue. Plus, my folks are older and email isn’t always the way to go.

  2. I have to admit, I’m not the greatest at remembering to send thank you notes. I recently attended a shower where she had everyone fill out their address on an envelope so all she had to do was write the note and mail it off! It’s so nice to receive a handwritten note in the mail…. it’s so rare these days. Thank you for writing this and inspiring me!

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