Mind Your Manners: 5 Thank You Note Tips

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Writing thank you notes has become a lost art form. While phone calls, text messages and emails may get the job done, a handwritten thank you note says so much more. Last month we met with Erin Condren, founder of her namesake stationery and lifestyle essentials, including the beloved LifePlanner. Condren, who was celebrating her brand’s 10-year anniversary in Soho, New York, shared five pro-tips to writing a thank you note and why thank you notes remain an essential part of today’s digital world.

As stated by the mother-of-two, taking the time and effort to send something thoughtful and tailored is much more heartfelt, and is a tangible way to show your appreciation. Not only do Condren always make sure to write thank you notes myself, but also she often saves the ones she receive. “It’s so nice to look back at sweet words of thanks and relive the memories of past celebrations,” Condren said.

Below are Condren’s five pro-tips to becoming a thank you note connoisseur.

1 Find a stationery that embodies your personality.

Whether it’s playful, printed or personalized, write a “thank you” note on stationery that shows your personality and aesthetic. It will come across as more genuine and authentic.

2 Personalize the message.

If you’re thanking someone for a gift, don’t just acknowledge the item; let them know how it will be used and how much it means to you. If you’re sending a note to someone with whom you networked, same idea – make it personal and reinforce the takeaway. You aren’t working from a script here; each note shouldn’t be the same so change it up based on who you're addressing and the specific occasion.

3 Draft the note before writing it.

Pre-write or type out what you’re going to say before cementing it in the actual note. That way you can take the time to really focus on handwriting, rather than worry about the next word (or spelling!).

4 Don’t mention money.

Cash can be a great gift, but be aware of how you acknowledge it in a “thank you” note. Avoid mentioning the specific amount and be sure the giver would appreciate how you were spending it.

5 Better late than never.

Even if weeks have gone by since a neighbor helped collect your mail while you were out of town or since that lovely dinner party you attended, still send a note. I say a kind gesture is never overdue.
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