The Pragmatic Post: Art of the Handwritten Thank You

Bodil Jane Greeting Card from Red Cap Cards

Bodil Jane Greeting Card from Red Cap Cards

GET INSPIRED

There are plenty of inspiring books and blogs geared towards the health, mental and relationship benefits of saying thanks! One of our favorites – “A Simple Act of Gratitude” by John Kralik 

SET AN EXAMPLE & MAKE NEW HABITS

Make a habit of having your kids write thank you notes. Supply them with fun stationery (or let them personalize their own), pens, markers and stickers to get them excited to say thanks!

Have a proper letter writing tool kit!

Have a proper letter writing tool kit!

FIND YOUR STATIONERY STYLE

Do you prefer, simple, personalized stationery for all occasions? Do you prefer a wide variety of beautifully designed notes, cards and envelopes?

Bright stationery with personalized monogram stamp

Bright stationery with personalized monogram stamp

STAMP STYLE & PERSONALIZATION

Thankfully the USPS has introduced a “forever” stamp several years ago that allows you to stock up without ever wasting a stamp after an annual postage hike. There is a wide variety of designs to personalize your envelopes, or you can even order a custom designed stamp.

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Personalized return address sticker
Custom monogram stamps for your invitations

Custom monogram stamps for your invitations

A PROPER THANK YOU

January is the perfect time to evaluate the role of gratitude in your life and express it. Following the gift-giving season, make time to properly say thank you. Handwritten thank you notes are the perfect (and traditional) way to thank loved ones for their heartfelt gifts. 

Stationery: Make it your own with a signature style

Stationery: Make it your own with a signature style

Cheerful stationery with colorful watercolor design

Cheerful stationery with colorful watercolor design

A true traditionalist would argue that the actual words “thank you” should not be pre-printed on a thank you note - it should be handwritten in the body of the text by the sender. Either way, the act of saying thank you comes from the heart.

START THE YEAR WITH GRATITUDE

Did you “forget” to send holiday cards – thank you notes are just as fun and appreciated by the recipient. Wish them happy new year and thank them for their holiday wishes.

RESOLVE TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE YEAR ROUND

Saying thank you on paper applies to so many occasions - birthday gifts, dinner parties, interview requests, neighborly niceties, a job well done.

Everyone likes to receive a thank you note! Send one to hosts, babysitters, employers/employees, friends, family and helpful neighbors.

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Gold foil monogram with envelope liner in blue

Gold foil monogram with envelope liner in blue

Elegant stationery notes with gold foil initial & rounded edges

Elegant stationery notes with gold foil initial & rounded edges

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Do you find it productive to write at the office, or at a desk? Do all of your writing supplies live in the same place where you can find them?

Is it relaxing to curl up in a quiet armchair with a blanket and journal and catch up on correspondence?

Do you prefer to be productive on the go – perhaps carrying a pencil case of writing supplies and catching up a brief thank you’s in waiting rooms, while waiting on meetings or on public transportation?

FIND THE PERFECT PEN - see our online selection of pens

A comfortable writing pen makes all the difference – choosing something that feels good (the right grip and weight), writes smoothly (do you prefer a ballpoint, roller ball or fountain pen?) and makes you smile when you see it. A beautifully designed pen makes for a stylish desk accessory.

Acme pens available at Poeme

Acme pens available at Poeme

Letter writing stationery with gold foiling from Rifle Paper Company

Letter writing stationery with gold foiling from Rifle Paper Company

However you say thank you we are certain you will be glad you did!

For assistance getting inspired and organized, visit Poeme for all of your thank you note writing needs.