Writing Christmas Thank You Notes with Examples, Tips, and FAQ

Every Christmas many gifts are given and received. Plan to write a thank-you note for the Christmas gifts you receive to show your gratitude and appreciation.

Remember we are not entitled to gifts.

This guide covers frequently asked questions, Tips, Christmas Thank You Note Template and examples with what to say for many Christmas Gift situations. For Christmas cookies or other baked goods, review the examples in the thank you for the cookies post.

If you are only interested in the examples, scroll to the end of the post.

Questions about Christmas Thank you note writing

Q. Should children living at home with their parent(s) or caretaker write thank you notes to them?
A. No, this is not necessary. The kids can give verbal thanks for their gifts when living with the parents. Of course, they still can if they want to but parents do not need to ask them to do so. I confirmed this with family members who have children.

Q. Who should you write thank you notes to for Christmas gifts?
A. Anyone who gives you a gift that lives outside of your home. This could be friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents, other family members, boss, employees, co-workers, etc.

Q. Should you write a thank you note for a Christmas Card?
A. No. If you receive a card in the mail, you do not need to write a thank you note for it. If you receive money or a gift card in the card, you NEED to, but if it is only a card or card with a Christmas letter, you do not need to reciprocate with a thank you note.

Q. My younger children received Christmas gifts but are not old enough to write their note. Should I write the note for them?
A. Yes. A thank you note will acknowledge that the gift was appreciated. If you have multiple children, one thank you note from the entire family is fine.

Q. Does the thank you note need to be handwritten?
A. Yes. Handwritten notes are considered more personal by most. It will very likely take less time to write the thank you note than it took the person to pick up the gift for you. However, if you have a reason (excuse) for not handwriting it, please at least send an email or text message. That’s better than no acknowledgment at all.

Q. We did a White elephant gift exchange at the Christmas party. Should we write thank you notes?
A. No. Depending on how the game is played, you may not know who the gift was from. Also, white elephant gift items are usually not expensive (they could be something from home you just didn’t want), could be goofy, and not personally picked out for you.

So unless the dollar amount for the gifts was high, skip the thank you notes. The exchange is more about the fun than what you end up with.

Q. The people I exchange Christmas gifts with never send thank you notes. Should I still send them a thank you note?
A. Yes. They may not know how to write a note or are not in the routine or perhaps they have some other reason. You can still send them a note.

Q. What if I do not like the gift and will not be keeping it?
A. You should still write a thank you note. Try your best to be polite, without lying. Don’t say you love it when you don’t. Thank them for the gesture of giving you a gift. Depending on your relationship with the person you may be able to tell them or make a joke about re-gifting it.

Christmas Thank You Note Writing Tips

  • If your birthday is within 7 – 10 days of Christmas (either before or after) you can write one thank you that includes your birthday and Christmas gifts to people that give you both a Christmas and a birthday present. Your note will need to be a little longer than most thank you notes as you will need to mention all of the birthday and Christmas gifts specifically.
  • Write the note within 1-2 weeks of when you received the gift. Aim to do them as soon as possible. If you received the gift in the mail and are not sending the note within 1 or 2 days, I suggest sending an email or contacting the giver in some way to let them know it was received. Then you can follow up with a thank you. If you are not prompt in acknowledging the gift, the giver is left to wonder if the card or gift got lost in the mail.
  • Help your older kids keep track of what they are receiving. This is extremely helpful if they are getting gifts at different Christmas parties. Use a notebook or small notepad to make a list.
  • Be organized and plan for thank you note writing. If you have thank-you notes on hand before receiving the gifts, you are much more likely to write them promptly. If you are reading this after Christmas, that’s okay. Pick up some cards when you can.
  • Use a Christmas themed note card, if you want to. If not, pick a nice looking thank you note card that you like or the receiver will like. More tips are choosing the design can be read here. For quality note cards I recommend Current Catalog and Minted. If you do not mind sifting through reviews to find quality cards Amazon has plenty of choices. Suzy’s Zoo and Lang are two brands on Amazon that I have used and are quality items (affiliate links to Amazon).
  • If you attend a Christmas party send the host a thank you note. Parties are a lot of work, time to plan and organize and make or arrange for food.

Christmas Thank you note Template

Dear [1. insert name],

Thank you for the [2. insert gift]. 3. Next, specifically how you will use it, why you like it, what you are going to spend the money on, etc. 4. Then add a comment about the holiday party or the seeing them, etc.

5. Thanks Again,
[6. sign your name]

Notes about the template:

[1. Insert name] – If you do not feel comfortable using Dear, you can use Hi or Hello or only their name. If the gift was from a couple, use Mr. and Mrs. instead of their first names, if that is how you refer to them in person.

[2. Insert gift] – Be sure to thank them for each gift as at Christmas the odds of getting more than one gift are greater (ex. from your parents).

[3. Next, specifically] – Don’t be generic. Be yourself and say how you will use the gift or how much you enjoyed the Christmas dinner they hosted.

[4. Then add…] – This is the Christmas season! No need to be a scourge with your words. Include something holiday related, say something nice about their kids, enjoyed seeing you at the party, etc. Or we hope you have a nice Christmas.

[5. The closing] I like to end with Thanks Again. If you received the gift before Christmas consider using “Merry Christmas”.

[6. Sign your name] If the gift was given to the family, it is okay to sign everyone’s name. It’s a nice touch if each person (that is old enough) signs their name, but it’s okay if they don’t since you are the one writing the note anyways.

Christmas Thank you note Examples

One of the challenges of writing thank-you notes is knowing what to say! These examples are just that examples. I encourage you to paraphrase them for your own needs. Note, that the links in the examples are Amazon affiliate links, meaning I will receive a small commission if you click the link and then make any Amazon purchase. Thank you for your support.

Christmas Thank you note for when the gift is a game

Dear Sally and Bob,

Thank you for giving us Apples to Apples for Christmas. We enjoyed playing this game with you last summer. The kids love to play it too. We can play it the next time you are over. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Thanks Again,
Heidi and Ted

Dear Charlie,

Thank you for Scrabble along with the Scrabble Dictionary
! This is one of our favorite games and look forward to playing many games. We look forward to seeing you every year at the annual Christmas party.

Thanks Again,
Heidi and Ted

Christmas Thank you note for when gift is a book

Dear Kristen,

Thank you for The Hunger Games book set. I liked the movies and will look forward to reading the books. I had a nice time visiting with you at the holiday party and hope to see you soon.

Thanks Again,

Christmas Thank you note for when gift is money sent in the mail and received before Christmas

Dear Mom and Dad,

Thank you for sending us some Christmas cash. We will be putting it towards a new microwave. As you know, we’ve been without one for quite a while now and look forward to the convenience of having one again. We are excited to see you soon at the family Christmas party!

Merry Christmas,
Heidi and Ted

Read more tips on Thank you notes for money here.

Christmas Thank you note for when the gift is money received at a party.

Dear Aunt Louisa,

Thank you for the Christmas money. I will be saving it for something fun, perhaps a nice dinner out or to see a movie. Playing games with you at the party and catching up was enjoyable. I was happy to hear that your children are doing well.

Thanks Again,
Heidi and Ted

Read more tips on Thank you notes for money here.

Christmas TreeChristmas Thank you note for Christmas dinner and/or party

Dear Marie,

Your Christmas party was awesome! Thanks so much for having us over. It was a pleasant surprise to see the Jones’s there as we have not seen them in many years. The food was excellent too. I love that you had chips and homemade guacamole, one of my favorites. I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Thanks Again,
Heidi and Ted

Dear Margaret and Lee,

Thank you for having us over for Christmas. We enjoyed the food and visiting with the family. It is always a joy to spend time at your home. Your children are delightful, and we like playing games with them.

Thanks Again,

Christmas Thank you note to boss for Christmas bonus

Dear Lucy,

Thank you for the Christmas bonus. I look forward to it each year and was very excited about the amount. The company’s generosity is much appreciated. I hope you enjoy your time off for the holidays!



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Dear Rob,

Thank you for the Christmas bonus. It was unexpected and will allow my family to have a few extra gifts this Christmas! I am thankful to work on your team and at a company where hard work is rewarded. I hope you have a great Christmas!


Christmas Thank you note to the boss for Christmas team lunch

Dear Jason,

Thank you for taking the team out to lunch for Christmas. Having a fancy lunch with the team was fun. I also appreciate that you reserved a private room at the restaurant for us. I hope you have a great Christmas!

Thanks Again,


Dear Violet,

Thank you for taking the Christmas team lunch. Chatting with you and the team away from the office was enjoyable. And of course, the food was wonderful. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Thanks Again,

Christmas Thank you note for a gift card

Dear Carol,

Thank you for the gift card to Kohl’s. I love shopping there and will use it towards some new clothes for work. We will miss seeing you at the Christmas party this year, but understand that you will be working.

Merry Christmas,


Dear Dad,

I was excited to get a gift card to [store name] from you for Christmas! [Store name] is one of my all-time favorite stores. I will enjoy spending the gift card on a few treats for myself. I am looking forward to seeing you soon.

[Your Name]

Christmas Flowers thank you note wording examples

Related: Thank You for the flowers message templates

Dear [person’s name].

Thank you for the Christmas flowers! The amaryllis looks beautiful on my kitchen counter. Several visitors have commented on it as well.

Thanks again,
[Your Name]


Dear [person’s name].

Thank you for the Christmas poinsettia which is my favorite holiday plant. The red leaves are magnificent in the winter. I will enjoy the plant for many weeks.

Best regards,
[Your Name]

Dear [person’s name].

The red and white carnations for Christmas are amazing! The pine mixed in with the flower adds a pleasant scent. I appreciate that you thought of us this holiday season.

Happy New Year,
[Your Name]

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About The Author
Heidi has been writing thank you notes for more thank 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 provding tips and examples.

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