Personal Thank You Letter Samples

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The Personal Thank You Letter

The personal thank you letter has all but disappeared from human communication.

Our lives have become so fast-paced.

We are so busy emailing and texting one another that we rarely take the time to jot down a few sentences of sincere greeting and appreciation.

But there are times when a handwritten thank you note offers the personal touch that nothing else will.

You needn't shy away from the task either. Writing thank you notes can be fairly easy to do.

You just need to keep a few things in mind as you write. Here are a few tips to keep you on track.

Personal Thank You Letter Dos and Don’ts

  1. Do name the gift specifically and early in the note.

  2. Do focus on the giver of the gift while you write.

  3. Do associate the gift and the giver in your thoughts. It really is the thought that counts!

  4. Do express the significance of the gift to you.

  5. Do express your feelings about the gift--but only if your feelings are positive.
  6. Do send your thank you note within a reasonably short time--ideally within a week or two. If you are really late, then acknowledge this with a brief apology in the note. Then move on to expressing your sincere gratitude for the gift.

  7. Don't lie about how you feel about the gift. If you don't like it, focus on your feelings about the person and your appreciation of he or she thinking of you.

  8. Don't mention the amount of a monetary gift specifically in the note. Doing so may offend the giver.


Personal Thank You Letter Samples

Personal Thank You Letter for a Kind Act

Dear Frank:

It's been said that "A friend in need, is a friend indeed." No words could better describe what your friendship has meant to us over the years.

Marie and I appreciate your taking the kids out to dinner last Thursday, so that we could be with her mom at the hospital.

It's wonderful to have friends like you, who are always there for us when we need you most.

Marie and I want you to know that we cherish your friendship. Should you ever need us in any way, please don't hesitate to call on us.

With warm affection,

Tim and Marie

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Personal Thank You Letter for a Gift

Dear Mike:

When I opened my mailbox and saw the Stony Brook double chocolate pecan cookies, I was surprised and delighted. How did you remember that they were my very favorite cookies?

What an awesome treat! I truly enjoyed every one of them. Thank you for thinking of me in such a meaningful way.

You’re the best!


If you're interested in seeing more personal thank you letters, visit our Sample Thank You Notes page.



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