How to write a thank you letter for gifts

If you are wondering if you should write a thank you letter, the answer is yes. A lot of people find it hard to get started on this project, but we’ll show you  how to write a thank you letter with very little effort.

When to write a thank you letter

If you’ve received a gift or favor of any kind it’s always important to send a thank you letter or note to keep you relationship strong with the gift give. It’s important that you recognize the thoughtfulness and time that went into selecting a gift for you. Remember, it’s better to thank someone too much than not enough.

Thank you letters don’t have to be long, but they should be specific and include a personal touch. Thank you letters should also be sent promptly after the gift is received, preferably within a week. But if you’ve waited much longer, it’s still appropriate to send the letter. Late is better than never.

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How to write a thank you letter

  • First, mention what you are thankful for. Be specific and describe the gift.
  • Be  enthusiastic and include any details about the gift that may delight you. But be authentic. Don’t go overboard if you weren’t really fond of the gift. You can just use “thank you very much” when appropriate.
  • If you didn’t like the color or other aspect of the gift, do not mention it or ask where it can be exchanged.
  • Share how you already have or plan to use the gift, do so.
  • For cash gifts there is no need to mention the specific amount.
  • Close the thank you letter with a couple of sentences that aren’t related to the gift. You could say how glad you were to see the gift giver, or how you miss them.

Suggested phrases for writing a thank you letter

Now that you know how to write a thank you letter, we’ll get you jump started with a few useful phrases:

  • I appreciate the thoughtfulness …
  • The gift was charming and perfect …
  • The gift perfectly compliments …
  • I was overjoyed to get your gift …
  • I was thrilled to receive …
  • It is my favorite color, style, etc …
  • The perfect gift for me …
  • I appreciate your thoughtful …
  • I can’t tell you how much I was thrilled …
  • It was a generous gift …
  • I can’t thank you enough …
  • I am grateful for …

Sample thank you letters

I want to thank you for the sweater you gave me for my birthday. It just happens to be in my favorite color and is perfect for me. I plan to wear it as often as I can this fall.

I’m glad you were able to make it to the party, it was wonderful seeing you. We need to get together again soon. 


Thank you very much for the generous graduation gift. I’m touched that you thought of me and the gift of cash will come in handy when I head off to school.

Your support has always meant a lot to me.

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