Thank You Card Etiquette–Do’s and Don’ts

Someone sent a nice gift, attended your special event, or extended a kind gesture from out of nowhere. Now it’s time to send out a thank you card to show your appreciation. Here’s a refresher concerning some of the do’s and don’ts of thank you card etiquette.

Definite Do’sThank You Note Cards | Current Catalog

Send thank you cards promptly. Within 1-2 weeks is an acceptable timeframe, with exception to weddings, which have a three-month window. However, it is truly better to foster a better late than never mentality in this area.

Personalized thank you cards are perfectly acceptable and appreciated for any occasion. Current can add a photo and special message to your cards to create a one-of-a-kind message of thanks.

Mention how you will use gifts that you received and express how much you will enjoy it, even if you don’t particularly care for the present.

Allude to seeing the giver in the future – at work, church, school, the club, or the next family gathering – within your thank you cards to add a personal touch.

Definite Don’ts of Thank You Cards

Don’t send a cookie-cutter card with a pre-printed message inside and then simply sign your name before sending.

Don’t sign cards for children who are old enough to write their own name. Use this as an opportunity to explain the importance of being gracious and let them become the scribe.

Don’t hand out pre-written cards at the end of an event. It could make guests feel like a checkmark on a list, and it doesn’t adequately express thankfulness for their well-intentioned gift.


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