How to Write Thank You Cards for Money

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It’s so easy to go on and on about how much you love the new bracelet your aunt sent you as a birthday gift: how much you like it, what you’ll wear it with; there’s just a lot to say—as there would be for a table saw or any other tangible gift. However, when the gift is money—however appreciated—it’s a lot tougher to come up with a well-thought-out thank-you note. With a little imagination, however, you can put into practice a kind of template that will work for almost any gift of money.

How to Write Thank You Cards for Money

Start the thank-you note for a gift of money with a sentence that simply acknowledges the receipt of the gift and the occasion for which it was sent. For example, you might begin with something like the following. “Dear Aunt Mary, Thank you for the check you sent for my graduation.”

Include in the same paragraph with the first sentence (see Step #1) a reference to the occasion and the gift-giver’s participation (or non-participation). For example, “I was so happy you could be a part of my graduation day” or “Although you couldn’t be at our wedding, you were in our thoughts.”

Begin a new paragraph in which you tell the gift-giver your specific plans for the money gift. For example, you might say, “We are starting a bank account for the baby, and your check will be among our very first deposits” or “There is a bracelet I’ve been looking at, and that’s how I think I’ll treat myself with your birthday money.”

Complete the second paragraph with a reference to the gift and the gift-giver. You might say that you’ll be anxious to have the gift-giver come and have dinner on the new dishes she helped to buy, for example.

Conclude the note with a second thank-you for the gift using such phrases as “Again, we would like to thank you . . .” or “Thanks so much, once more, for . . .”

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider sending a photo showing how the gift was spent along with the note; for example: a picture of you with your new purse, or a snapshot of the two of you dining at your favorite restaurant.
  • Avoid mentioning the specific amount of the gift in the thank you note. If you want the recipient to know that you thought the gift was a good-sized one, you can use the phrase "your generous gift."

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