The Art of the Thank You Note
How does it feel when you open the mail and find a lovely handwritten envelope addressed to you? Receiving a note on stationery or a nice card is refreshing and heart-warming. The art of the thank you note has dissipated as our use of an immediate technological correspondence has become more commonplace.
Although I do send the immediate thank you email or text, I always follow up with a thank you note. Not only does this courteous gesture set you apart from everyone else, it sends a message about who you are. When you send a thank you note, he or she who receives it puts a gold star next to your name.
I write thank you notes when I receive a gift, when a remarkably pleasant event has transpired, or when I feel it is appropriate to thank someone for being him or herself. For example, I just had my wisdom teeth removed which, despite the stigma, was pleasant thanks to a sensational doctor and staff. I consequently wrote the doctor a thank you note. When I saw him next, he thanked me profusely and commented on the superb values with which I was brought up. This handwritten gesture leaves such an impression on he who receives it, and I witness this reaction frequently.
When I was younger, I used to dread having to write endless notes after fantastic birthday parties and Sylvia Weinstock cakes, but now the task is, in fact, pleasing. It does not take more than five minutes to write a thoughtful note, so why not consider it the next time the situation is appropriate! It is a win-win for you (and the person to whom you write)!
I love using both my Crane & Co. stationery and unique note cards I have found throughout my travels. When I was shopping at the Brentwood Country Mart last September, I stumbled into Sugar Paper and found this card set that seems to have been made for me!
Any type of card or note can be used to pen a thank you. If you are writing on behalf of your family, a charming notecard appropriate for all ages is quaint, or fun “thankful" cards (like these from Sugar Paper, seen in the header image), which really render the circumstances. I always like to coordinate the color pen with the decor of the stationery, so on my green Crane & Co., I use a green felt tip marker (I love these). Additionally, depending on the season or event, I choose my stamps wisely. During the holidays I use festive ones, and for birthdays I choose stamps with a celebratory motif. One additional detail I love is embossing the back of the envelop with my address; it adds personality and is great if you move frequently (so you do not waste envelopes printed with addresses)!
Ordering personalized stationery is now easier than ever; it can all be done online. In fact, I recently discovered Monoset, a fabulous British stationery company that has six collections from which to choose, and you receive a set of 25 personalized letterheads/note cards/envelopes/and a desk stand. The quality is great and it is a particular gift idea.
Browse my selection of notecards and stationery below, and do not be afraid to choose one that meshes well with your personal style, or one that is more unexpected. Have fun with it — this is another form of self-expression; the art of the thank you note!
From left, Crane & Co. Hand Engraved Ecruwhite Correspondence Card | Crane & Co. Engraved Tennis Racquet Correspondence Card | Crane & Co. Brushstroke Turtle Note | Dempsey & Carroll Legacy Postcard | Sugar Paper Scallop Note | Crane & Co. Derbyshire Monogram Regent Blue Correspondence Card | Papyrus Handmade Dinner Plate Card | Crane & Co. Oxford Fluorescent White Lightweight Note with Motif | Connor Crown Place Card | Sugar Paper Pen to Paper No. 3 | Connor XOXO Skull Folded Notecard