7 Tips for Choosing a Thank You Card Design

Choosing a thank you card design for a handwritten note can feel overwhelming or it can be fun!

These 7 tips will help you avoid analysis paralysis.

For any design, look for cards that are blank on the inside as you will want to write your own message. If you are not sure what to write, review the hundreds of examples on this site for inspiration.

If you are wanting to print cards from home, check out my free thank you card printables

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#1: A classic “Thank You” on the front of the card

These are cards with Thank You or Thanks written on the front of the card and nothing else. No other design. They may look basic but they will convey “Thank You”.

This is an easy choice if you feel overwhelmed with the number of choices or want to keep it simple and fast.

The “Thank You” words are available in many colors. White is probably the most popular card color, but there are other options too.

#2: Pick a theme that you like

The cards may or may not have Thank You on the outside. I love cats. When I send thank you notes, I sometimes use cat-themed thank you notes because I enjoy cats.

If you know that the recipient hates cats, then probably best to not choose a cat card to send to them.

Now with sites like Redbubble, there are artist-designed cards for just about any interest.

Lang American Cat Deluxe Note Card Set by Lowell Herrero,

#3: Pick a theme that the receiver likes!

My oldest sister loves birds. When I send her a thank you note, a bird-themed note would be fine.

If you know the receiver well, go with something that you will like. However, keep in mind that thank you cards ins stores or on Amazon are usually sold boxed sets.

If you only want 1 card of a particular design, some print-on-demand sites, like Redbubble, will allow you to purchase 1 card at a time.

#4: Be kind to the color blind

If you are sending a note to someone that you know is color blind, it is best to stick with a white card and dark ink. This will guarantee that they will be able to read it!

I once sent my dad (he is color blind) a thank you note on a purple-colored note card. My mom had to read it to him!

There was not enough contrast between the color of the paper and the ink for him to be able to see the words. oops!

#5: Choose a design that will become associated with you

Another option is to choose one design that you like very much and use it for every thank you note that you send. If it has a distinctive envelope design people will know it is from you as soon as they see it in their mailbox!

If you write thank you notes to your co-workers and they post near their desk, others will know who the thank you note is from just by seeing it.

This option also works if you feel like there are too many choices. Find one that you like and stick with it. This eliminates the time and energy needed to review options in the future.

You could also choose a monogrammed card or have a personalized card with your name on it.

#6: Choose a card themed for your event

Getting married? Choose a wedding-themed thank you note. Having a baby shower? Go with a baby shower theme. Graduating from high school or college? Pick a graduation theme or a card with your school logo.

#7: Pick your favorite color

My favorite color is purple, so I tend to favor purple note cards. The purple could be the “Thank You” on a classic thank you card (see Tip 1). Or the actual card might be purple. If you choose your favorite color, be sure to keep Tip #3 in mind!

I hope you have some ideas now for how to pick a thank you card design.

There are many designs to choose from. Amazon will be economical for boxed card sets. Minted prints cards are high-quality paper (if that matters to you!).

You also print free PDF thank you cards.

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5 easy steps to writing a thank you note

Heidi has been writing thank you notes for more than 30 years and is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes. Her goal is to help people write better thank-you notes by providing tips and examples.

3 thoughts on “7 Tips for Choosing a Thank You Card Design”

  1. I like your 7 Tips. I was thinking about dad being color blind before you pointed it out.
    Also I like the card Brian sent you. Some people will not buy a blank card because because then
    they will have to write something. The personal written notes are the best but then there people who don’t care if they never recieive a thank you note. They probably don’t send any either.

    • Hi Mom,

      I am hoping to encourage more people to write thank you notes with this blog!

      I have wondered if the people who say they don’t care have ever received a thank you note too.


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