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How to Write the Perfect Thank You Letter

In today's world, do people still write thank you letters? Yes, people still write thank you letters. In fact, a thank you letter is a sign of good manners, and a person with good manners continues to be well-respected and appreciated even in today's world. The next time you receive something as a gift, be prepared to thank the giver in writing.

How to Write the Perfect Thank You Letter

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In today’s world, do people still write thank you letters? Yes, people still write thank you letters. In fact, a thank you letter is a sign of good manners, and a person with good manners continues to be well-respected and appreciated even in today’s world. The next time you receive something as a gift, be prepared to thank the giver in writing. The following are the most common asked questions regarding thank you letters.

Must the thank you letter be a hand-written?

Well, yes and no. If someone who has been invited to your home for a meal and gives you flowers or a bottle of wine, then a written thank you letter is not really necessary. You can thank him or her in person as the gift is being handed to you and when you see the person again after that day.

A safe bet is whenever you receive a gift from a person outside of your immediate family and group of friends then a written thank you is required. If you believe that your hand-writing is not too pretty, you can opt for using your computer and printing out the letter on paper. However, you need to sign the letter in your handwriting.

What should be written in the thank you note?

You can never go wrong with a thank you card that has some sentences written by you. Remember not to forget the gift-giver’s name and mention when the gift was received.

There is no need for a long note. A few sentences mentioning the gift and how it might be used and just how much you appreciated the gift, will suffice. If the gift was sent by someone you have not seen in a long time, you may write additional paragraphs should you want to.

A written thank you should ideally be sent within two weeks. If it takes you longer than that then it may be considered impolite.
When is it considered appropriate to send an email thank you note?
Generally, a thank you letter is supposed to be hand-written or printed on paper. However, if the gift-giver is a person you are familiar with or is a close friend, then an email thank you letter may suffice.

Can my children write a thank you letter?

There is no reason why children cannot write a thank you letter if they were the ones for whom the gift or gifts was meant for.

Children can also write a thank you note if the gift was meant for the family. Just make sure that your children can write legibly. If your children are still too young to write but you would like some form of acknowledgment to be made by the child, then you can always write the letter yourself and have another piece of paper featuring your child’s handprint. Or you can simply say that your child is happily enjoying the gift in your thank you letter.

A thank you letter should be short and to the point. It should mention the gift that was received, how it may be used by the receiver and how much it was appreciated. The thank you letter should preferably be hand-written or printed on paper and sent a few days after the gift was received up to two weeks.

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