My Dad told me something years ago that always stuck with me. People remember your thanks and it's important to take the time to thank someone for their help, a favour or a gift.
The thank you note was a post-celebration tradition in our house growing up. After Christmas or birthdays, my Mum would sit us up at the table with paper and colouring pencils so we could send a hand scrawled card to grandparents, aunties and uncles. The practice fell away in our teens when we were too mortified to do it but it's a habit I've taken up again.
Happily I'm a stationery addict! I never quite gave up my big box of 'fancy paper' from primary school and I collected a coterie of pen-pals just to have an excuse to buy more. I may have got married just so I could choose invitations and write thank-you cards.
So while a verbal thank you is always lovely (and more than enough in most cases) I relish the opportunity to break out the fountain pen and some thick cream personalised letterpress notecards to write a thank you.
Mine are from Blush Publishing in the UK. I wanted to buy Irish but to be honest no where could offer the same quality for a similar price. If you know of anyone local I could try for next time, please drop me a line. I go through stationery at a rate of knots so I'll be stocking up again shortly!
There are few rules to a good thank you note. Once it's handwritten and genuine, anything goes. It can be on plain card, shop bought thank you notelets, personalised thank you cards (the kind it's fashionable to send after a wedding for example bearing a picture of the big day) or a sheet of foolscap. Short and sweet is best.
Blush offer a range of styles including monograms and full names and you can personalise the notecards further by adding your contact details to the bottom of the card.
Although my Mum espoused the practice of a written thank you when we were small, she was the first one to laugh at my personalised stationery. She hasn't admitted it but she thinks I'm full of mad notions and that this is just another one. But they've already been used many times and most importantly, they bring me joy!
It's the little things that keep us sane.
Keep an eye on instagram and facebook; I'll be posting a little giveaway including some cute stationery that I'm doing my best not to keep for myself!