Monday, January 3, 2011

I Love Handwritten Thank You Notes

With the holidays officially over it's time to get on the ball with thank you notes. 

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!


  1. I absolutely love personalized stationary. I stocked up on easy initial cards at Hallmark stores, then for whimsical stuff I like and I've splurged for the good stuff from Horchow just once. I try to always send handwritten thank you notes. My mother has been drilling that into my head since I was a small child.

  2. so cute! i LOVE thank you notes too, it's been crazy with baby and I loved it! PLUS i love getting mail, so i assume everyone else does too...