How to Write Thank You Letters That are Actually Fun
(yes, fun, I’m not kidding)
to Write and Will Knock Their Socks Off
Every thank you note should be handwritten, and include:
- Paragraph 1
- An expression of gratitude.
- A mention of the gift, party, or favor, and of the time and trouble of the giver.
- How much you like it (even if you don’t!).
- How you plan to use it.
- Paragraph 2 - A personal note about your life, the past or the future, or about the person who gave you the gift.
- Paragraph 3 - Thanks again ...
The Fun Part
Think about two things — what will make this fun for you to write, and what will make it fun for the giver to read. Here are just a few suggestions, plus space for you to write your own ideas.
- Really nice paper
- A really nice pen
- Extra-fancy handwriting or calligraphy
- Tell a story or anecdote
- Write a poem
- Write and record a song
- Be funny
- Be alliterative
- Imagine different scenarios about the gift
- Think of creative uses for the gift
- Do some research about the gift
- Write it Lesson-Book style
- Write it comic or cartoon style
- Draw margin decorations
- Make a puzzle or word problem about the gift
- Make a card
- Make a pop-up
- Include photos
- Silly poses with the gift
- Make a video, animation, or podcast
- Get really creative
Your Aunt Ethel just gave you a lovely present -- ceramic jalapeno peppers. Oh, joy!
Your thank-you letter (click to enlarge):
Another present – hand-kitted wool socks from Aunt Agnes! All warm and scratchy -- lovely!
Your thank you letter (click to enlarge):