I came across this story on NPR talking about the art of the thank you note. The author of the new book 365 Thank Yous: The Year A Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life spent one year writing thank you notes. Here's an excerpt from the story:
Though it might be tempting to fire off a quick thank you e-mail, Kralik says true expressions of gratitude should be written the old school way — with pen and paper.
"Things we write in cyberspace are so easily deleted and forgotten ... buried by the next 30 e-mails we receive," Kralik says. "In this day and age, a handwritten note is something that people really feel is special."
I too believe in handwritten thank you notes, and I'm always touched when I receive one. Still there's people that don't even bother to say thank you. I've sent gifts to people before and never seen a thank you note or even a thank you e-mail or phone call. To this day I wonder if they ever received the gift!
Here's a sampling of some sophisticated thank you notes to get you started. Remember a thank you card doesn't always have to literally say, "thank you" on the outside; have fun with it!:
|Black Brocade from Paper Source|
|Customized silhouette flat notecard by Rock Paper Scissors|
|Dragonfly folded note by Kate's Paperie|
Have another source for thank you notes? Please share!