There are a number of instances when one should hand-write and personally send a thank you note. First of all: after receiving a gift. It seems pretty obvious, but you'd be surprised how few people follow through! And, of course, the other times include (but are not limited to): when someone does you a huge favor, immediately following job interviews, and after crashing at someone's place. Also, after an at-home dinner party or brunch, I always try to thank the hostess for the invitation and hospitality.
When you're picking out thank you notes (which happens to be one of my favorite pastimes - I can spend hours in a stationery store), make sure that the paper doesn't feel cheap. I prefer a heavier weight and a lined envelope, which always adds a special touch. I do like a great blank card - it's easier to craft your own note that way - but I've also been known to choose cards with a bit of a hippie tea party twist to them (go figure). A dash of pink, bunnies, fantastic fonts: all of these add a bit of sweetness to your gesture.
|My collection of thank you notes.|
1. Kate Spade, which has the greatest lined envelopes on the planet, and often feature cute little phrases like the adorable "Tickled Pink" ones ($25).
2. Rifle Paper Co., hot off the heels of a collaboration with Garance Doré, making my heart sing with these floral numbers ($18).
3. Target, of course, has a wide range of possibilities - from blank note cards with fun patterns to cat-themed thank you notes ($4).
4. Hartland Brooklyn, which is local (yay!), quirky, and whimsical. Nothing's better than the "Thank Ewe" card ($5).
5. Steel Petal Press, offering up some of the best typography there is ($16), and as a bonus, is based in Chicago - home to Mateline.