How To Thank Someone For A Card

Should you send a thank you note for a card?

Receiving a card usually does not require a thank you note in return. What you can do instead is acknowledge the card with a thank you message in person, a phone call, email, or text message.

However, you can always mail a thank you note for the card if you want to to!

Here is what will be covered in this post:

  • Situations for when you should send a thank you card to say thank you for the card
  • Example thank you messages for a card

When to send a thank you for a card

Here are some situations where you may want to mail a handwritten thank you card after receiving a card to express your gratitude and appreciation.

  • Build the Relationship. Were surprised that you received the card from this particular person? Perhaps it is a new friend or business contact. Send a card to keep the relationship going.
  • Networking. Did someone send you congratulations note when you started a new job? A follow-up thank-you note could be used a networking opportunity.
  • Money gift. If there was money or a gift card with the card you DO need to send a thank-you note.. I’ve written a guide on how to write a thank you note for money with some examples which can help you get started. Or you can review Thank You For The Gift Card Messages.
  • Wedding Card. If someone gave you a wedding card but not a gift, you can acknowledge the card. with a not.
  • Because you want to! If you like sending cards or just because you want to, you can send a thank you card for the card. But do not expect a thank you for your thank you note (that could turn into a never-ending cycle!).

Messages to Thank Someone for A Card

To thank someone for a card, you can send them a quick thank you message. The message could be sent via text message, email, on the phone, or spoken to them when you see them in person.

The best way to thank someone for a card is by acknowledging the card. The person spent time choosing a card, mailing the card, and perhaps writing you a personal message.

The way to say thank you for the card is similar for most types of cards (birthday, Christmas, sympathy, etc. In your message you could compliment the card, thank them for thinking of you, or respond to something they wrote in the card to you.

#1 Thank you for the birthday card! It was beautiful and you were so kind of you to remember my birthday.

#2 I received your birthday card today. Thank you for mailing me a card. You’re the best [Mom, Sister, Brother, etc.]

#3 You’re a great friend. Thank you for remembering my birthday and sending me a card.

#4 Thanks for the birthday card. I had a great day celebrating my special day with you.

#5 Thank you for the sympathy card. I appreciate you for thinking of me during this difficult time.

#6 I want to thank you for sending me a card to cheer me up! It brightened my day.

#7 Thank you for the get well card! The last few weeks have been rough, but I am finally feeling better. I really appreciate you for thinking of me and praying for my recovery.

#8 Thank you for the thank you card. I was surprised to received a handwritten note in the mail.

#9 The thank you card you sent me was awesome. The message you wrote in the card touched my heart.

#10 Thank you for the lovely Christmas card. We enjoyed reading your letter and are happy to hear that your family is doing well. Happy Holidays!

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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.

11 thoughts on “How To Thank Someone For A Card”

  1. Ahh I admit I have gotten slack about thank you notes in general since the kids have been born. :( I need to get on this …
    Sort of unrelated to THIS post but on the lines of thank you’s: I am wondering…sometimes it seems redundant when it’s just family members giving gifts to my kids and my kids say thank you right then and there to them… to send a card… which *I* am writing out at the moment b/c my kids are 4 and 2… seems unnecessary? I think when my kids are older they should definitely write out their own thank you cards….What do you think?

    • I think you could still write the thank you on their behalf until they are old enough to write their own. Perhaps talk it over with the family who is giving the gifts. Some people are fine with a “thank you” in person and no thank you note.

  2. I’ve never sent one for a card, unless it’s particularly special (or has a monetary gift enclosed… which becomes a thank you for other reasons).

    I do send letters on occasion, since many cards that I receive are from penpals – but I wouldn’t call them thank yous, per se.

    • Hi Melissa,

      How neat that you have penpals! I haven’t had one since I was a kid.

      The only letters have I have written recently have been to my grandma. My mom writes still writes several letters each week!

      Heidi

  3. I don’t do a thank you for every card I receive but I do for some spiecial cards. Of course, if there was money in the card I would. Some cards are from friends I write to regularly so in next letter I will comment on the meaningful card they sent me. I NEVER do a thank you in an email.
    A prompt hand written note from me is more appropiate.

  4. I felt bad recently because I was handing out thank you cards to kids who brought me boxes of chocolates or flowers and not to the kids that only brought me a tiny paper card with a lollipop attached like they brought everyone else (or just a card). Was I wrong? I had to explain to one student why she didn’t get a thank you card, but I told her how much I appreciated her thinking of me and giving me a card and I gave her a hug.

    • I had not thought of this situation where you might be getting cards only from some people and gifts from others, and they all know each other and might notice if someone received a thank you note in others didn’t. In this case, you might want to write a thank-you note to everyone to spare any hard feelings. Explaining to the student was the right thing to do.

  5. I found it interesting how you mentioned how you do need to write a thank you card if there is money involved with your card. My wife and I recently received a gift with money for our 40th anniversary. I will be sure to write a thank-you as we move forward with our lives!

  6. If a card is hand made by an individual, by all means thank / acknowledge the next time you talk to them or at least send a text or email. If the card includes a gift, thank them for the card and the gift. I have made cards only to get a “thumbs up” emoji when I asked if they received the card in time along with sending a Happy Birthday greetings text /message. That someone took the time to think of you, please acknowledge it. No need to send a thank you note to a thank you note. Some may have the attitude that they didn’t ask for it, so why thank the sender? Guess I am old school and brought up to write thank you notes or thank the person verbally.

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