Christmas Thank Yous

I’ve mentioned before that I am quite rigid about writing thank you notes, and this is something I hope to pass on to MGM (7) and Trixie (5).

Trixie helped me write our notes last weekend for Christmas presents we received.

Since she’s only in kindergarten I let her draw pictures in lieu of grammatically correct missives.

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My favorite one was a drawing she made to thank her aunt S. for a rubber stamp set.

Here’s the gift:


She re-created the set on the note:


I thought this was so adorable I could barely stand to send it.



Thank You Upgrade


I’ve previously posted about writing thank you notes, as well as instilling the habit into my children (mixed results there, people).

But I saw a tip recently that I love, and it makes thank you notes even better.

Here it is: Lead with “you” and save the thanks until the end.


Dear Friend:

You are truly the hostess with the mostest. No one can throw a party like you do, and your mimosas and pancakes are out of this world. I am so lucky to have a friend like you! Thank you for inviting me to brunch.

Love, Fancy

Why it works: everyone loves to hear about themselves. 

Try it!

Thank You, MGM-Style

I’ve previously written about my propensity to send thank you notes, a habit I am desperately trying to instill in my children.

MGM turned 7 a few weeks ago, and this year he had to write his own thank yous.

This was no easy task.

At first there were idle threats, then actual threats that all of the birthday presents would be going away until the notes were done.

Spouse bore the painstaking brunt of sitting next to MGM and helping out, but the end result was better than I’d hoped.

Exhibit A, a note to his cousins for sending this game (a great gift for a kid!) and this book:

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Thank you for the story cubes and the zombie fish book. Don’t look into his eyes!!!!!

Exhibit B, to one set of grandparents, who gave him a huge “Star Wars” Lego set and two smaller ones:

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Thank you for the X-wing and the two smaller sets. Love, MGM and My Dad

Exhibit C, to his aunt who gave him a soft rocket that shoots skyward:

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Thank you for the rocket. If you push the red button and look at the launcher, it is gone.

Exhibit D, to another aunt (and family) for a huge “Star Wars” action figure and a pair of high-powered water guns:

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Thank you for the clone trooper and the water guns. I get to soak a lot of stuff.

Exhibit E, to his good friend for giving him a Lego alarm clock:

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Thank you for the Lego alarm clock. I need one.

 Nicely done, MGM!

Merci Beaucoup!

I seriously fall short in most areas of etiquette, but one thing I am rather particular about is sending thank you notes. Old school, hand-written, stamped and snail mailed thank you notes.

And I like to have a ready supply of notecards available so I can dash one off at a moment’s notice.

I refreshed my supply recently during a marathon trip to Target, where I found these boxed sets:

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I also discovered that Target recently collaborated with Sugar Paper, a high-end stationer from L.A.

If you go now, you may still be able to get a discounted 2014 calendar like this:


Sugar Paper for Target Wall Calendar

I love the simple, sophisticated aesthetics at Sugar Paper. Like these notecards:


Raspberry Confetti Note Set, $18 for 6

But the prices at Sugar Paper are a bit steep.

Fortunately, Target’s done a great job not only of collaborating with Sugar Paper, but, well, also ripping off their vibe. They were selling a near-identical boxed set of notecards similar to the confetti ones above, save a more palatable price of $5.99 for 24.

Target also has some really cute paper goods in their $1.00 section, like these:

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My love of list making often leaves me wanting more notepads, and I’m known for wrapping gifts in craft paper fancied up with a pretty satin ribbon. I think the polka dots really elevate the rolls pictured above. There are other cute notepads and labels, too. Get to Target and check these out before they disappear!