The Art of Saying “Thank You”–Some Tips to the Get Kids Started

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In this world of everything technology related, don’t fall prey to the temptation to email or text a “thank you” to someone who has given you a gift or gone out of the way to do something extra special for you. The handwritten thank you note is still the most acceptable, proper way to show your gratitude for someone’s generosity. When it comes to a tangible gift, say a Christmas or birthday present, sitting down to compose a thank you note on Thank You cards you’ve selected from Current Catalog is really the best way to show how much you appreciate the gift-giver’s thoughtfulness.

Get the Kids Involved!

It’s never too early to teach your children how to write thank you cards, and it’s important to emphasize that the notes should be written fairly soon after receiving the gifts. For Christmas and birthday gifts, thank you cards should be mailed out within a few days.

Children should compose “thank you” notes for gifts they receive, and even if they are able to thank the person face-to-face, a handwritten note is still encouraged. The gift giver will truly appreciate the effort the child put forth to show his/her appreciation. Follow these tips to get started:

  • Address the gift giver with “Dear” rather than just putting a name or starting the note, itself.
  • Be specific about the gift so the giver knows the child is not just writing generic “thank you’s” that require less effort. Including specifics really shows the recipient remembers the gift. For cash gifts, it’s always nice if the child can include a way he plans to spend the money. There’s no need to mention the amount of the gift in the thank you card. Simply have the child write something like, “Thank you very much for the generous Christmas gift. I have been saving for a new computer, and your gift will really help me reach my goal!”
  • Try to include a personal message to the gift giver. For instance, if the “thank you” note is to Grandma and Grandpa, who the child will be seeing at Easter, he can write something like, “I can’t wait for you to come visit us in Florida for Easter. We are going to have so much fun, and it will be much warmer here than where you are in Maine!” If the child is too young or there really is no personal connection, this part of the note can simply be omitted.
  • End by restating how much the gift is appreciated and sign with “Love” or “Sincerely” or whichever closing you and your child agree applies.

After you’ve chosen thank you cards from Current, simply order online and soon a wonderful box of goodies will arrive at your door. To make it even more fun, have the kids help you pick out the cards; this gives them a sense of ownership in the whole process and may even get them excited!