There is one thing that comes with having a birthday that makes me groan. Thank you notes. Don't get me wrong, I love presents, and am very appreciative to my friends and family for being generous and giving me gifts. But expressing that gratitude in written form is not my forte. I feel like every thank you note I write sounds stuffy. This year, I decided to do some digging, and find a better way to write thank you notes. (Disclaimer: This isn't great advice for thank you notes post job interview. Those should be very formal. Holler at me if you want some tips on those though!)
- Skip the "Dear." Unless it’s a formal thank you note, "Dear Grandma" sounds a little forced.
- Say thank you right away, and be specific. "Thank you for the gift" sounds like you're copy and pasting, even if it's handwritten.
- Tell them what you're going to do with it. If it’s a scarf, tell your Aunt Millie that you cannot wait to wear your new scarf to the first cold weather football game, even if you don't actually intend to do so. (Even if you wouldn't be caught in public wearing Millie's scarf, as long as she doesn't see you, she'll love imagining that you're wearing it.) **Disclaimer: I don't mean to be harsh. Everyone gets a present every once in a while that they don't want. Be polite about it though!
- Comment on something else. If you're like me, you don't write to your relatives or long distance friends as often as you should. A thank you note is a great way to update them on something relevant (like what you did for your birthday) and make them feel "in the loop."
- Mention when you'll see them again, and tell them you can't wait. They just sent you a gift, the least you can do, aside from expressing gratitude, is to express excitement about seeing them.
- Don't sign your name. If you go by a nickname with a specific friend or relative, use it. It makes the note more personal. I usually sign any letter "Leah" (note, no last name), but if I'm writing something to my boyfriend, I just sign it "L."
Following these definitely helped make writing a little bit easier (and less robotic). I guess you could say, "another year older, another year wiser."