To ensure smooth passage through the end of this season of giving, let us turn to the experts of proper deportment for three surefire ways to say “thank you” with sincerity.
1. No Thought & Little Effort Thanks
Children often complain that they don’t know what to say in notes and letters, so be ready to assist. Ask your child what he would like to say. Suggest ideas and wording if he is really stuck.
Pre-printed fill-in-the-blank thank-you notes are designed to coach children through expressing their gratitude, but are likely not quite what Miss Post envisioned. If you must choose this route, try a modified format to allow at least a smidgeon of personality to show through.
I can’t believe you sent me ______________. I think it is ______________. You sure know how to choose ______________ presents!
Thanks so much,
2. Heartfelt, Off-the-Cuff Thanks
The best thank-you letter of all is the spontaneous one that comes from the heart and tells why the present means so much.
The key word in Ms. Vanderbilt’s advice is “spontaneous.” Let that be your guiding muse.
I will be wearing my new crocheted knight’s helmet every single day this winter and possibly straight through until next winter. It warms my head and my heart. I love it. I love you. Marry me?
Your knight in shining amore,
Jessica the Gorgeous,
I can hardly believe you got me pony ears and Pegasus wings! How did you know?! They’re absolutely exactly what I wanted. Seriously, it’s the perfect present. You know me soooo well. Thanks.
The guys are going to be jealous!
Friendship IS magic.
Love & Pony Power,
3. Indeterminately Worded Thanks
Phrases such as “unique,” “interesting,” and “quite out of the ordinary” should do the gift justice and make the sender quite happy with your appreciation.
When writing your thank-yous, Ms. Ford’s recommended vocabulary will stand you in good stead if faced with gifts that leave you at a loss for words.
Thank you so much for the unquestionably unique raccoon bag. It is quite out of the ordinary and unlike anything I have ever seen before. I can always count on you to give interesting gifts and know this one will be a conversation piece whenever I use it!
You have outdone yourself this year! However did you happen to come across the remarkable giant metal chicken you sent? (Incidentally, the bicycle courier who delivered it wondered the same thing.) It is truly astonishing.
Thank you for your generosity and ongoing friendship.
Write with honesty and temper with tact, but never neglect to acknowledge the gesture of a gift.
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