Every Christmas, many gifts are given and received. This guide will help with saying thank you for Christmas gifts.
You can write Christmas thank you notes to share your gratitude and appreciation.
Below you will find frequently asked questions, tips, a Christmas Thank You Note Template and plenty of example messages of what to say for many Christmas Gifts.
For Christmas cookies or other baked goods, review the examples in the thank you for the cookies post.
Frequently asked 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 their 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 my 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, bosses, 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 should write a note, but if it is only a card or card with a Christmas letter, you do not need to reciprocate with a thank you note. Remember though, you can still send a thank you for a card if you want to.
Q. My younger children received Christmas gifts but are not old enough to write their notes. Should I write a note for them?
A. Yes. A thank you note will acknowledge that the gift was appreciated and received (if mailed). 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, is my personal preference. 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, please send an email or text message if you will not be handwriting a note. 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 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 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 notecard if you want to. If not, pick a nice looking thank you note card you like or the receiver will like. More tips are choosing the design of a card can be read here. If you do not mind sifting through reviews to find quality cards, Amazon has plenty of choices.
- 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 will 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 time, 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.
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.
Heidi and Ted
Note: The following examples will be the center section of the note (steps 2-4 in the template).
#1 Thank you for Scrabble along with the Scrabble Dictionary! This is one of our favorite games and we while enjoy playing many games. We look forward to seeing you every year at the annual Christmas party.
#2 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.
#3 Thank you for the Christmas gifts for my family. I appreciate that you mailed them since we are not able to see you this year. The kids enjoyed opening them, and they commented about the amount of tape that Grandma uses! The clothes were all the correct size, and the kids love their new toys and stuffed animals.
Read more tips on Thank you notes for money here.
#1 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!
#2 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.
#3 Thanks for the Christmas money. I am not sure what I will do with it yet, but I appreciate having a little extra cash in my pocket. Perhaps, I will get a book or many of my favorite cups of coffee from Starbucks.
Christmas Gift Card
#1 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.
#2 Thank you for the gift card to Kohls. I love shopping there and will use it for some new clothes for work. We will miss seeing you at the Christmas party this year, but understand that you will be working.
#3 You know me well! Thank you for the Amazon gift card. I will enjoy spending and getting a few items I’ve had on my wish list for a while. I really enjoy shopping online.
Christmas dinner and/or party
#1 Your Christmas party was awesome! Thanks so much for having us over. It was a pleasant surprise to see the Hardys 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.
#2 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.
#3 The Christmas party was so much fun. Thank you for inviting us. We had a great time visiting, and the white elephant game was exciting. Also, having everyone bring an appetizer was an excellent idea. I was able to try so many new foods. And, your homemade baklava was the best baklava I’ve ever had.
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#1 Thank you for the Christmas bonus. I look forward to it each year and was very excited about this year’s amount. The company’s generosity is much appreciated. I hope you enjoy your time off for the holidays!
#2 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!
#3 I appreciate the year-end bonus. Thank you for my portion of the pot. Having my efforts recognized through a bonus felt great, and I’m looking forward to next year.
Christmas team lunch
#1 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!
#2 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!
#3 I love the perks of working at [company name]. The team lunch at [fancy restaurant name] was wonderful and helped me to feel that the team is appreciated. Of course, the food was delicious, especially the shrimp dish.
#1 Thank you for the Christmas flowers! The amaryllis looks beautiful on my kitchen counter. Several visitors have commented on it as well.
#2 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.
#3 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.
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