How many of us actually sit down with pen and paper to write a thank-you note? We all know it is important to say thank you in writing; we have been taught from a very young age to write a thank-you note to Grandma for the wonderful Christmas gifts, or to Aunt Phoebe for the lovely hand knitted hat and scarf she so painstakingly put together for a birthday gift.
You know that a picture is said to be worth a thousand words. How about sending a photo of yourself wearing that hat and scarf with a big smile on your face. Perhaps, you might send Grandma a thank-you photo of the children playing with the Christmas gifts she had sent them. Know that she will be blessed in the receiving of that photo as well as showing off the children’s pictures.
Provide homemade treats along with your thank-you note. Our daughter makes fabulous chocolate/peanut butter fudge. We brought a batch with us to a Thanksgiving dinner to which we were invited, as a way of saying thank you to our hosts. It was received with great delight and devoured before dinner.
Giving flowers can be an especially thoughtful way to say thanks for kind deeds. Flowers snipped from your garden and placed into a jelly jar with a ribbon tied around it becomes a lovely thank-you bouquet. If a garden is not available, a snippet from a favorite house plant will suit just as well. Don’t forget to tuck your thank-you note under the ribbon.
Look for newspaper clippings of special interest, or cartoons, jokes, comical sayings, and file them away for just the right occasion. You will be surprised at how often you will think of a special person and dig into your file. For several years I corresponded with ladies serving prison sentences. As a way of encouraging them, I often included newspaper articles of interest or cartoons. The cartoons were by far the ladies’ favorite part of the mail, as it gave them something to laugh about in an otherwise very routine life.
Sometimes a token gift card is in order as a way of saying thanks. With many facing hard times right now, a gas or grocery card is very much appreciated. Several years ago I received a box of very-much needed food items as a thank you for serving as Sunday School teacher. My thanks had already been provided by the bright shining faces I greeted each week. The gift box was a bonus blessing.
In thanks for a gift sent by one who could not participate in person at a party, videotape the event and send or email a copy as a thank you. Or snap photos, place them into a small photo album, and forward them with a thank-you note. Either way they will have a sense of having been there with you.
My grandchildren came up with an ingenious idea to give gift IOU’s to those who had so often done special things with them. Along with their thank-you notes they handprint IOU tickets offering to perform household chores or raking the lawn.
These are just a few suggestions. Put on your thinking caps and have fun adding to the list.