Merci Beaucoup!

I recently celebrated my 22nd birthday and was blessed with very sweet and thoughtful gifts from my family and friends. It’s always been important to me to send thank-you notes, letting the giver know how I appreciate the time, thought, and money they generously spent on me.

I’ll admit that when I was younger, Mom would have to force me to sit down and write them all (it can be a tad overwhelming when you turn 18 and your entire church congregation attends your party), but now that I’m older I’ve found a few ways to enjoy it…

Don’t be lazy.

Emailed thank-yous aren’t nearly as personal as handwritten ones. That little bit of extra effort goes a long way in showing you are truly grateful.

Don’t procrastinate.

It’s best to write your notes as soon as you can. If you’re running behind, remember that it’s better to send a late note than nothing at all. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed with that huge list staring you down, break it up and write the notes on different days.

Don’t be boring.

Invest in some stationery, woman! These are pretty irresistible…

Target – Monogram Notecards

Tiny Prints – Pink Birds on a Branch

Wedding Paper Divas – Little Bird

Wedding Paper Divas – Modern Paisley

A thank you card is the perfect way to show appreciation for something a person has given. Remember that when someone receives a thank you note they feel stronger about that person’s character, they feel as if they’re important enough to you to be worth your time, and the bonus… you give them that all-too-rare, simple pleasure of opening an envelope that isn’t junk mail!

I also think it’s a fabulous idea to have plenty of extra cards in case of emergency. I keep a box of birthday, thank-you, anniversary, and even blank cards for those last minute uh-oh moments. If it happens, there’s no reason for anyone to know. ;)

6 thoughts on “Merci Beaucoup!

  1. Okay I have to thank you for the brilliant idea. I’ve been scouring etsy for cute personalized stationery for a while. I had seen so many cute ones on fine stationery but like everything else on that site, it was so expensive! But if I ordered these “thank you” cards with just my name on them, instant personalized stationery appropriate for any occasion. And it is not that expensive either. hmmm…

  2. The cherry blossoms are pretty, love it! I can’t say that at this point I would get personalized stuff, but probably in the future ;) Right now I just use cute blank cards. I found some this weekend in the $1 bin at Michael’s and they are freakin’ cute! Either that or I’ll make cards. I guess that’s personalized? So funny, my mom used to make me do that after every holiday! “Did you write thank-you cards yet!?” nag nag nag. :)

  3. I totally agree. I used to be such a Hallmark Diva. Before babies anyway, there is nothing like a sentimental card or note. I think people get so used to emails and texting that taking the time for something thoughtful is much more meaningful – if it’s a Thank You or just because. It’s the BEST!

  4. I think thank you cards are a must as well and a handwritten note is so much more meaningful than an email–same with invitations, i hate e-invites, they make the event seem unimportant. I came a cross a new online pace for personalized note cards and they have really cute invites too and pretty reasonably priced–check it out http://www.papershouts.com

  5. I was planning a big anniversary party and was looking for unique anniversary invitations cards that I could add my own wordings. I found several sites that were very helpful, http://www.cardspersonalized.com/Adult-Birthday-Invitations-Cards/productsList-19-1.htm http://www.cardsshoppe.com/Anniversary_Invitations/Anniversary_Invitations-15-1.htm http://www.express-invitations.com/party_invitations/Party-Invitations-Cards.php and http://www.invitations-shoppe.com/Invitations_Cards/Christmas_Invitations_Cards-9-1.htm. I finally ordered from http://www.cardsshoppe.com and was definitely very pleased. I got lots of compliments!

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