Thank-you notes can seem daunting, but they don’t need to be. Express your gratitude to guests with a heartfelt and easy handwritten note with these simple tips:

START WITH A GOOD LIST.

At your shower, be sure to designate someone to keep a list of gifts given. This may be in a simple notebook that you will keep to check off, or download this free printable gift list.

SEND THEM IN A TIMELY MANNER.

You’ll want to have them in the mail within two weeks, so break out your favorite pen and some pretty stationery, pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee, and get them done!  Remember, done is better than perfect, and a note written from the heart will mean so much to your shower guests. With our thank-you note cheat sheet to get you started, you’ll be done in a snap!

NEVER MENTION “MONEY”

Did a guest give you a cash gift? Thank them for their generosity, rather than for a named dollar amount. Convey to them how it will be helpful when you shop for furniture, or whatever other large item you will use it towards.

DON’T FORGET YOUR PARTY PLANNERS.

Planning a shower is a lot of work. Show your appreciation to those who hosted it with a special note to them after the event.Consider giving them a small gift at the event, and if given the opportunity verbally acknowledge their efforts at the shower.

FORMULA:

Dear (Name),
Thank-you so much for the (gift).
A sentence conveying how much you love their gift, and how you plan to use it. A closing note conveying that you are looking forward to seeing them at the wedding.
Love (or another closing of your choice),
Your Name

EXAMPLES:

. . .
Dear Aunt Mary,
Thank-you so much for the beautiful cake stand!
We are looking forward to enjoying it for birthdays and celebrations to come! Jack and I can’t wait to see you at the wedding!
Love, Charlotte

. . .
Dear Tess,
Where do I begin? I can’t thank you enough for not only the Kitchenaid Mixer, but for the most incredible shower a girl could ask for! Thank-you for all of your hard work in planning it.
Your support has meant the world to me, and I’m so very grateful for your friendship. I can’t wait to have you by my side when Jack and I say “I Do” next month!
With heartfelt thanks, Charlotte

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