One challenging aspect of writing thank-you notes is coming up with what to say in the note. Examples of thank-you note wording can help. Another method is sentence completion exercises.
Sentence completion exercises can help you focus and organize your thoughts. The result can be used to write a meaningful thank-you note in your own words.
Sentence completion for thank-you notes:
Complete one or more of the following sentences in regards to what you will be writing the thank-you note for. This could be a gift, act of service, for dinner, etc. In the examples below substitute “gift” with what is appropriate for your thank-you note situation.
Pick 1, 2, or 3 that seem easy to answer. Then use your responses to help write the thank-you note. I will demonstrate with a few examples.
I am thankful for the gift because…
The person helped me with…
The event was meaningful because…
I am thankful for the act of service because…
When I received this gift I felt…
The reason I appreciate this gift is…
I will spend the money I received on…
I will save the money I received for…
What I liked best about this gift is…
One more thing I liked…
Sentence completion examples
For this example, I will pretend that I received a cat t-shirt as a gift from my friend Alice.
I am thankful for the gift because…I love cats.
What I liked best about this gift is…The design on the T-shirt and the color of it.
The thank you note:
Thank you for the cat t-shirt. I like the unique design and I’m happy to add another cat t-shirt to my collection. Also, choosing purple as the color was perfect for me!
The gift of $50 for my birthday from my grandma
I am thankful for the gift because…having a bit of extra money is fun to spend
When I received this gift I felt…excited to spend it
I will spend the money I received on…new swimsuit
(remember when writing a thank-you note for money, the amount does not need to be mentioned).
Thank you for the birthday money! I am excited to spend it on a new swimsuit. I’ve had my eye on one for a while. I hope to see you soon.
My friend Ann who brought me food after my surgery
The person helped me with….meals
The event was meaningful because…I didn’t have to worry about cooking
I am thankful for the act of service because….I was unable to do it myself
I am very glad that I did not have to worry about cooking after my surgery. I was not able to stand long enough to make anything for a few days. Thank you so much for bringing over 2 casseroles. The egg and sausage one was fantastic for breakfast. The kids loved the lasagna casserole. We enjoyed your cooking.
Heidi and the kids
Read for more examples for post-surgery meals: Thank you note for post surgery/hospital stay meals (with examples)
My boss Bob who took me to a networking event
The event was meaningful because…I met many new contacts in the industry. I made 2 appointments for lunch next week with potential new customers. The company finds value in networking.
Thank you for taking me to the networking event at Local Convention Center last week. I enjoyed meeting new contacts in our industry. I also was able to set up 2 lunches with people interested in our product! I am pleased that our company appreciates the value of networking in person. I am already looking forward to the next event!
As these examples show, using sentence completion can you come up with wording for your thank-you note.
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