I am often asked about the proper procedure for writing a note thanking someone for their gift of money (or even a gift card, as this is also common). Some of my readers are unsure where to start, so I have included a sample letter after my basic guidelines.
I believe that a true and proper letter…pen and paper!…is the only way to thank the person who has sent you a gift. No texting or emailing.
The amount of money gifted to you is never mentioned, no matter how large it may be. It is proper to say what you intend to use the money for and you may also include some comments on life or inquire after the person you are writing to.
A sample letter:
Dear Mrs. Smith,
Thank you so much for thinking of me on my birthday! I have deposited your gift in my living room furniture fund for when I move out in the fall. I hope you will come visit me when I am in my new apartment. I am excited to have my very own place!
How are you and Smith? I hope your own move to Miami went smoothly and that Mr. Smith is doing well at his new job.
Thank you again for your generous gift. I hope to see you soon!
As you can see, the note needn’t be long, but it must be sincere. In addition to expressing thanks, Susie asked after Mr. and Mrs. Smith as she remembered it is nice to recall details about others. Susie will get high marks from Mrs. Smith!
Best thankful wishes,
The Lady Hooper-Brackett