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10 Tips on How to Write Thank You Notes

18 May

april-thank-you-002Writing a proper thank you note is a must for all ages.  Learning how to do this at a young age will create lifelong habits.  But it’s never too late to learn!  Here are some tips to get you started.

It’s important to send a written thank you note card for gifts  received, such as a birthday gift, graduation gift, housewarming gift, from a bridal shower or a wedding.  But it’s also really nice to send a thank you note when someone does something very helpful for you, such as driving you to the airport or helping you by doing a carpool route for you. Also, sending a thank you note for business related situations is important too, such as after a job interview or after receiving a pay raise or when you receive a reference letter.

It’s always a good idea to have a box of thank you cards handy at home for such notes. When you are sending a number of thank you notes at the same time, such as after a wedding or bridal shower, it’s also very important to make it an organized effort. You will want to have a list of the gift-givers names and complete addresses and a list of the presents you received to make your note writing easier.

Have a supply of personalized thank you note cards that reflect your personality and are appropriate for the occasion.  You might need business stationery or fun personal stationery or more elegant wedding stationery, depending on the occasion.

To write a proper thank you note, here are some ideas to assist you:

1. Hand write the note as it’s much more personal, even if you don’t have the most beautiful handwriting.  Never type or print the notes.

2.  Stick with a formal greeting if you are not on a first name basis, such as “Dear Mr. Davidson”.  But if you are a personal friend or on a first name basis, you should start the message with the first name, such as “Dear Jamie”.

3.   Make the message personal.  In other words, try not to simply say “thank you for the gift”.  Mention something about the present that you liked and acknowledge that the gift is appreciated.

4.  When writing the note, use language that is heartfelt such as thoughtful, lovely, appreciated, cherished, adored, meaningful, enjoyed, considerate, grateful and valued.

5. Be very careful of your spelling and grammar when you write the note.  Look up spelling if you are unsure.

6.  Personal notes should end with a less formal closing such as “Love,” “With love,” or “Best wishes” and a business thank you should have a closing less personal such as “Sincerely” or “Best regards”.

7.  Carefully address the envelope in easy-to-read handwriting. Be sure to have a complete address including city, state and zip code.  Do not use a computerized sticker on the envelope.

8.  Be sure to use the proper amount of postage.  Square envelopes require additional postage.  Bring one note in the envelope to the post office if you want to be sure you are properly posting the envelopes.

9. Purchase a stamp that will match the occasion.  If your thank you notes are for wedding gifts, buy a stamp with a heart or the word love.  Check with the USPS for available options.   If you are sending thank you notes from holiday gifts, look for a holiday stamp for example.

10.  It’s best to send a thank you note as soon as possible.  Business thank you notes should be sent within 1-2 days when possible.  For social gifts, the time frame is much more lenient, however, try to send those notes out within 1-2 weeks, or on the outside, try to send personal thank you notes no later than 4 weeks.  Remember, it’s never too late to send a note after that time but acknowledge that you are belated in your thanks.

Happy thank you note writing!

Best wishes,

Renee

 

 

Unique SuperFast Program for Fast Mother’s Day Gifts

23 Apr

SuperFast Mother's DayOur SuperFast Mother’s Day program is on!  As a leader in the personalized stationery and gift industry, The Stationery Studio has provided a program called SuperFast Mother’s Day to help those looking for great gift ideas for mom or grandma to be delivered in time.  This year, we have our largest collection of SuperFast items to date, with nearly 5,500 selections.  These are all personalized gifts produced with care in the United States.

The SuperFast program is grouped into easy-to-shop categories featuring some of our most popular items.  Our busy team at The Stationery Studio will provide you with the perfect gift items in time for gifting.  Each product will be personalized and shipped via trackable services to your destination to arrive no later than May 9th or sooner (Mother’s Day is May 10th)!

Just look for our SuperFast icon on the products and you can be assured that no matter where in the continental U.S. you are shipping to, you will get these specially marked products in time to make mom feel loved.SuperFast Mother's Day

SuperFast orders can be placed through April 30th and are guaranteed for on time delivery.  For easy shopping, we have created many popular product categories for you to browse through including Stationery, Notepads, Stampers, Embossers, Address Labels, Post-It Gifts, Spa Gifts, Yoga Mats, Tote Bags, Luggage Tags, Jewelry, Happy Hour, Recipe Cards, Cutting Boards, Serving Trays, iPhone Cases, iPad Cases and Desk Accessories.

Wishing all the moms and grandmas we know a very happy Mother’s Day this year!

Best wishes,

Renee

Target May Not Have Lilly Pulitzer but We Do!

20 Apr

Lilly PulitzerHave you heard about the frenzy created during the collaboration between Target and designer Lilly Pulitzer’s home and fashion goods?  Many were disappointed that both the stores and the website sold out fast, really fast, upsetting many.

Are you a fan of the brand?  Well you can have your own set of personalized Lilly to use and enjoy anytime you would like, even if your address is not in Palm Beach!  We offer a beautiful selection.  And what’s better than Lilly?  Personalized Lilly, of course!

Our personalized Lilly Pulitzer boutique brings together the fashion sense of Lilly in paper goods including invitations, gift stickers, recipe cards, home goods and stationery.  Even if you missed purchasing items at Target, you can enjoy the designer’s cheerful floral designs now.april-lp-002

If you are planning a party, it’s a perfect time to try your own Lilly creations.  Our most popular Lilly invitation, the Beach Rose Invitation, combines flowers in shades of pink with lime green accents creating a cheerful invite ideal for baby showers, birthday celebrations or bridal showers.  Lilly’s exclusive and colorful patterns are feminine, preppy and chic.

For an easy party all pulled together, start with the your favorite invitation and pull from the featured colors and designs for your party theme.  If you are using the Beach Rose invitations, add in some hot pink and lime disposible plastic plates and custom napkins which can be personalized and coordinated with a floral Place Card.  Set small pretty vases filled with flowers in pink tones all around to dress your table covered in pink and lime cloths and add in some pretty pink floral cupcakes for dessert.

For your favors, easily wrap in cellophane anything pretty you like, a gorgeous box of tea bags, a pretty hot pink candle, a special little box of candy ~ and finish it off with a personalized Lilly Putlizer Sticker.  And remember to send personalized notes for gifts received, perhaps on one of Lilly Pulitzer’s stationery designs!

Lilly Pulitzer, a brand coveted by both the elite and preppy, is still available with must-have personalization from TheStationeryStudio.com.