I lived in Germany for a year. Many people who helped me in my journey deserved a thank you. When I gave a draft thank you to my host sister, to ensure it made sense, she said, “Well, it’s correct, but no German would ever speak that way. It sounds a bit over the top.” Danke was all I needed to say.
The practicality of German made it much easier for me to learn their language, but, this is America, and we need more color in our writing. The more concrete your thank you, the brighter and more memorable the picture it will paint for your guest.
If you can, look at the gift as you’re writing. If not, imagine it. Experience it with your senses - see, hear, smell, taste, feel. Think about what feelings it brings up for you and how it will enhance your life.
Which thank you would be more meaningful to you?
Sally – Thank you so much for the blender. We are excited to use it. It was great to have you at the wedding. We hope to see you again soon!
Sally – The Vitamix blender you gave us is going to add so much to our kitchen – the possibilities of what we can make are endless. I can’t wait to hear the sound of Paul making my morning smoothie! Having you at our wedding made us feel so special.
Referencing just a detail or two takes a thank you note from an obligatory three sentences to a memorable, heartfelt memento.