We have outlined the 4 major reasons to send a thank you card! This thank you card etiquette guide will have everything you need to get started today!

Henry Ward Beecher, a prominent protestant minister of the 1800s, once said, “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”

Showing thanks is important for your relationships. People want to know that they are appreciated and that you recognize the ways in which they are showing you they care. Getting yourself in the habit of good thank you card etiquette will help you make sure those you love don’t end up feeling taken for granted.

We’ve compiled this list of times that you should send a thank you card. Read on to find out what they are!

1. After Receiving a Gift

As most know, it is an established tradition to send thank you notes after you receive a wedding, bridal shower, and baby shower gifts. The maximum time that you should wait before sending them is 4 to 6 weeks. Make sure to mention the specific gift in your note; vague, cookie-cutter notes can be more insulting than polite.

You should also send thank you notes for graduation gifts and cards, and baptism or bar/bat mitzvah, even if the person was present at your party.

You usually aren’t expected to send a thank you card for birthday or Christmas presents if you opened them in the presence of the person who gave you the gift. If they sent the gift in the mail, or you opened it away from the person, then you should send a note

2. After Someone Hosts You

When someone opens their home to you, especially for an extended period of time, always send a thank you note. Even if all you did was crash on your couch, they still made accommodations for you with their schedule, and probably spent time cleaning to prepare for your arrival.

3. After Receiving Aid

When someone goes out of their way to help you, it is a good idea to show your appreciation with a thank you card. Friends and family assisting with a funeral is one example. People helping you move is another.

This is potentially even truer when you receive help from those you may not know as well that is career or schooling-focused. When someone writes you a letter of recommendation or gives you the opportunity to interview for a job, you should send a thank you card.

If an organization or individual issues you a scholarship for school, or offers you an internship, you should send a thank you card.

4. Any Other Time You Want to Express Thanks

It really is that simple! You don’t need a special occasion to send a thank you card. If there is a person in your life that you want to thank for what they do for you on a daily basis, an unexpected thank you card is sure to brighten their day!

Your parents, teachers and professors, pastors, and mentors are all people who have had an impact on you in some way, and expressing your gratitude in writing goes a long way!

What’s even more special is spending the time to make your own thank you cards. Anyone can go to the store and pick up a pack with almost no thought, but putting the time into creating your own can make them extra special.

Following Good Thank You Card Etiquette Shows That You Care!

Practicing good thank you card etiquette will help you show your appreciation for the people in your life that care about you. It’s a quick way to spread positivity and make someone else smile, so take the time to show you care with a thank you note!

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