I’ve always been a big believer in the importance of sending thank you cards, although I’ve totally neglected the practice over the past few years with four little ones and working full time. I’d like to get back into the habit for myself as well as to pass it on the art of writing thank you notes to my girls!
As I was working on this post, Abra — a faithful Life Your Way reader — sent me an email requesting a printable to keep track of gifts and thank you cards, which you’ll find at the end!
If thank you cards are something you’d like to do as well, but you’re looking for some strategies to simplify the process, here are some ideas that work especially well for kids.
When I was in college, I nannied for newborn triplets, and their mom would take pictures of them with every gift to send with their thank you cards. I love that personal touch, and I think you could simplify it even further by printing the photos out on cardstock or postcard paper and mailing them directly to the gift giver with just a little note on the back!
Fill-in-the-Blank Thank You Cards
Although I don’t recommend sending your boss a fill-in-the-blank thank you card, printing or ordering a pack of cards that are ready for your child to fill in is perfectly acceptable, especially for younger children who aren’t yet great writers.
Keep a Master List of Gifts
The hardest part of sending thank you notes for us is remembering each person we want to send them to. Instead of trying to remember them all, keep a written list that you can check off as you send the cards.