How To Write a Thank You Note

Editor-at-Large Kimberly Schlegel Whitman shares her easy method for writing sincere thank you notes.


Hi, I'm Kimberly Schlegel-Whitman, Editor-at-Large at Southern Living. Thank you notes are a staple in the South, but they can be a bit tricky. Here are my tips to help you think in threes when you're writing your next thank you note. Try to send your thank you note within three days of receiving a gift or attending an event. Thank you notes only need to be three lines long, but that doesn't include the salutation or the closing. To simplify a thank you note for a gift, the first line should show gratitude and acknowledge specifically the gift you received. The second line should express how you're going to use the gift. And the third line should acknowledge a future meeting or greeting of the person that you're thanking. To simplify a thank you note for an event that you attended, the first line should express gratitude for being included. The second line should point out a specific moment or memory from the party. And in the third line, share your hopes that you'll meet again soon. For more style and entertaining tips, check out
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