How to Write a Thank-You Letter

Yeah, it might be a little old-fashioned—but it's also the ultimate in class.

You will need

  • A nice pen
  • High-quality paper
  • A store-bought thank you card

Step 1 Decide length & paper size Figure out how long your thank you letter is going to be, and choose a paper size accordingly. You don’t want to have to write REALLY BIG to take up the space.

Step 2 Decide handwritten or typed Decide if your thank you letter will be handwritten or printed. A personal thank you letter should be handwritten, while one written for business purposes may be typed.

Step 3 Start by thanking person Start by thanking the person—and then provide a specific example of why their gift or gesture is so appreciated. For example, “Thank you so much for the toothbrush, which I will certainly put to good use twice a day!”

Step 4 Refer to past & future Refer to the past and the future. For example, you might say to a family friend, “You’re so kind to always remember my birthday,” and “I’m looking forward to seeing you over the holidays.”

Step 5 Close w/ personalized thanks Close with a final personalized thanks, such as, “Thanks again for such a cool gift; I know you went to a lot of trouble to get it.”

Step 6 Proofread note Proofread the note, or your next gift might just be a dictionary.