culture   //   September 15, 2015





After reading this article this morning, I started thinking about the significance of a handwritten thank-you letter. With the exception of invitations (even those are almost all Paperless Post these days) and bills, the days of snail mail are pretty much over. The majority of our communication is done through email. It’s quick, easy and and gets the job done. Email works for nearly everything – except for one: thank-you letters. I’m a big believer in handwritten thank you’s. I give my parents credit for this one: my sister and I were always expected to spend the mornings following birthdays and Christmases writing our thank-you notes. It became a habit, and one I’m very grateful to have.

Whether for a small favor or a birthday present, saying thank you is always necessary and, in my opinion, should be done with a pen and paper. An email (or worse yet: a text message) just doesn’t cut it. I’m still surprised when some of my friends don’t send a thank-you, and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t judge them just a little bit for it. Am I totally alone in this? It’s not just about good manners (though that’s the basis of it), it’s about telling someone that you’re grateful for the time they took to do something. When should you send them? Always. Even if it’s for something small! Writing a thank-you letter after receiving a birthday gift is obvious, but gratitude for small favors is just as important. With that in mind, I usually write at least two thank-you letters per week, and I find that it’s one of my favorite things to do. Not only does it give me a reason to pull out my stationery, but as the article mentions, saying thank you is good for the soul.

Of course, pretty paper is another reason to write lots of thank-you’s. It gives me a reason to order stationery from Ellis Hill and buy fun cards like these. Scroll through to shop some of my favorites.

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