Giveaway: Food-Themed Note Cards from League Street Press

you are unbeetable

My friend Joy Manning is a thank you note evangelist. In an age where people send their regards electronically (if they send them at all), Joy pulls out a pretty note card, writes a brief but thoughtful message, and then hands it off to the US Postal Service. I have been on the receiving end of Joy’s note writing habit more than once and I’m always delighted to receive a piece of physical mail beyond bills and coupons for Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

League Street Press cards

Last spring, Joy gave a talk at Eat, Write, Retreat about how her note writing habit is integral to her career networking strategy (she’s a freelance food writer, recipe developer, and editor) and how it has often brought more assignments her way. I was there for her talk and I was inspired enough to dig out my dusty stack of thank you notes and write appreciations to people who have helped me over the years.

olive my love

In a move that has delighted many (or, at the very least, me), Joy has launched a line of food-themed note cards in partnership with her friend Sam Bednarek under the name League Street Press. Each card has a fruit or vegetable on the front, along with a punny line. I particularly like the “olive my love” design that you see above. Sam is a graphic designer and art director and she designed the cards and created the art. Joy came up with the lines and developed the recipes that are printed on the back.

no-churn peach ice cream

And let me tell you, these recipes aren’t throwaways. Joy tested and retested these dishes in order to come up delicious things that would be both easy and appealing. I had a chance to taste the No-Churn Peach Ice Cream when it was in development and so I speak from first-hand experience when I say that it’s truly fabulous and is such a good option for those of us who can’t find space in our freezers to chill an ice cream bowl (I am sure that I’m not the only one with this issue).

Best of all, these note cards are perfectly sized to slip right into a recipe box, so your recipient will be able to add it to their recipe collection with tearing or folding your thoughtful note.

League Street Press back

The cards can be bought as singles ($4 a piece) or in boxes of eight ($20 for a box). They are printed on sturdy card stock and both the cards and envelopes are made from 100% recycled paper.

Thanks to Joy and Sam, I have one box of eight note cards to give away to a lucky Food in Jars reader. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a thank you note story. Did your parents make you write them when you were growing up? Or is it a habit you never quite picked up?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
  3. Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: League Street Press gave me one set of these notecards for photography purposes and are providing a second set for the giveaway. No money has changed hands. I just think they’re cool and so I wanted to share them with you. 

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308 responses to “Giveaway: Food-Themed Note Cards from League Street Press”

  1. When I started university I sent actual thank-you cards to the folks who sent me away with hand-me-down cookware or other household stuff. My roommates were utterly confused – seeming of the “why bother” mentality – but I think that the folks who received a handwritten thank-you were delighted. Having decent pots and pans made all the difference to me, and I wanted to make sure that people’s gifts were acknowledged.

  2. I am a faithful thank you writer. Yes, my mother insisted from the time I was very little. Today, I think it’s a courtesy that we don’t do enough of. It’s also harder and harder to find nice little note cards to use for thank yous.

  3. Just wrote a thank you card to my boyfriend’s lovely parents for hosting me over the holidays. The way I was raised, it feels terribly late, but better that than never, they say! Mailing it tomorrow, and it’s going to take a lot of postage to get it to the opposite side of the globe. 🙂

  4. I am a nurse, and some of the most memorable thank you notes come from my patients when I least expect it. Some days I feel so worn out and tired, but when I come home find a heartfelt thank you note in my mailbox it means the world to me to have impacted someones life.

  5. Thank you cards are alive and well around here. My six year old writes his own. I love photo thank you cards to send from my one year old.

  6. My mother taught me and I have some old books about thank you notes somewhere…….I have passed this on to my boys, now 23.

  7. Thank you notes were always a must during my childhood for guests of birthday parties, celebrations, house parties, etc or for a thoughtful gift. Nowadays I hold to the same standard, so I’ll definitely write thank you notes for such things, but usually not for Christmas or money-in-the-birthday-card gifts. Those warrant a simple phone call or (if you see them in-person) a thank you hug.

  8. I grew up writing Thank you notes, still do and so does my daughter. I’ve been trying to write Thank yous for some of the little things that mean so much. Harder to write, but oh so wonderful to send! I LOVE these cards!!!

  9. I am good most of the time with thank you notes and conventional letters and special occasion cards and even still sometimes send Christmas cards. Unlike my sister-in-law who chided me with “that’s what facebook is for”, ahem…love these cards.

  10. Growing up, thank you notes were always required before I could do anything with the related gift. I could not read a book, deposit a check, play the video game, etc., until I wrote a thank you note. I think it was a good rule!

  11. Thank you cards were always a requirement for any gift occasion growing up. In adulthood, though, has transitioned into cards for some, who I know will enjoy getting the card, and a thoughtful email for those who have expressed an ambivalence towards receiving mail. This pattern of writing thank you card has grown over the years into a few friends with whom I exchange letters. Even more than a thank you note, receiving a letter in the mail is a real treat!

  12. I, too, am a lifelong thank you note writer . . . a habit initially instilled in me by my mom. I now love to write thank yous. The time spent writing gives me a chance to think about and appreciate the giver a second time.

    Several years ago, when I returned to canning, I wrote my ex-mother-in-law a letter telling her that I was canning peaches and thanking her for teaching me how to can many, many years earlier. When I saw her a couple of years later, she told me how much that note meant to her. I credit her for all my basic knowledge about canning. What a gift that’s been to me!

  13. I try to write thank you notes and sometimes for things that are unexpected. Such as “thank you for the advice”. I have saved a few that I have gotten because they have touched me so much.

    The cards that you showed are wonderful.

  14. Thank you cards are something fairly new to me, I don’t think my parents ever wrote cards to anyone. But these are just so precious! I might have to start!

  15. I picked up the habit of writing thank you notes after having to write a note to each guest at my bat mitzvah, but I still find that they always get a great response. Recently, I wrote thank you notes to each person who let me crash on their couch during a trip. One of my friends was so excited that she sent me a thank you for her thank you note!

  16. Yes, my parents always made us write thank you notes and yes, I make my 3 year old help me so he gets into the habit, too (I have found some great fill in the blank ones with spaces for him to draw pictures). I didn’t write them for awhile and then I soon picked up on when I did or didn’t receive one from others, so now I try to keep up. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Oh, how clever! I always had to write thank you notes growing up. I’ve fallen a bit out of the habit ever since Miss Manners said that you could get away with thanking people in person….

  18. My parents did make me write thank-you notes as a child, but I got to enjoy the whole note-writing process as I got older. At least, it’s always fun to write thank-you notes to my grandmother, because oftentimes I’ll get back a thank-you note for my thank-you note, and it’s always lovely to exchange things through the post 🙂

  19. My pastor writes the most wonderful thank you notes for gifts and people’s hard work. He has big bold writing and it is such a joy to receive one of his notes!

  20. I’ve struck up conversations with many special people through Instagram, and love nothing better than to send a little note through USPS to them. Recently I posted a picture of some doodles/artwork I was working on and one of my friends was so enthusiastic about it I sent him a message asking for his address so I could mail it to him. He immediately sent me his email address – so I had to remind him that I was looking for his “other” address. We got a good chuckle over that and he was very appreciative when his little gift arrived. I appreciate his kind words and support for my photography and artwork. A hand-written note was the least I could do.

  21. I had to write thank you notes after my bat mitzvah. I had so many personalized “Ann” notecards, that I was using them for years afterwards. Nowadays, though, I tend to look through the selection at Barnes and Noble for the nice ones that they have on offer.

  22. My parents never made us write thank you notes, but I wish they had. It’s hard to pick up the habit as you get older.

  23. Growing up in the south, I was taught to always send thank you notes, and still do to this day. They’re more uncommon these days, and I’m always so thrilled and touched to receive one. These look like the perfect cards to use w/ some of my foodie friends.

  24. I just wrote my parents a thank you note in my Valentine’s Day card to them for taking me on vacation with them to California.

  25. I love to write cards of all types, and do on a pretty regular basis, however, ashamedly, I don’t always get them in the mail. I often open a drawer and find a written, addressed, and stamped note that I thought I mailed. Sometimes I go ahead and pop it in the mail, but usually, I have to open it because I forgot what I said and need to make sure it isn’t obsolete.

  26. I’m such a big fan of sending snail mail, so I’d love to win this! But I think I’ll also be buying a set since they are awesome!

  27. My mother insisted on thank you notes for literally everything we received for Christmas or birthdays, even if it was only a box of Cap’n Crunch from the neighbor. (We had to eat Raisin Bran and plain Cheerios, so those sickly sweet neon-colored pellets were a treat.) My sister and I had a huge stockpile of printed notepaper and fancy pens, and shiny return address labels with our names on them.

    These days I’m less strict with myself about thank yous, but I do always keep a stack of cards on hand to send someone a little note or a birthday wish. My husband’s stash of Pilot Razor pens and a roll of special stamps (Harry Potter at the moment) complete the gesture.

    These cards are beautiful and the recipe on the back is a stellar idea! Thanks for sharing.

  28. I’ve written thank you notes for as long as I can remember, but it’s honestly one of my favorite things to do! I really think there is something oh so charming about snail mail and thank you cards. I like to think that when I send one off it’s like a paper hug and that does a heart good.

  29. I’m a thank you note writer when it seems no one my age is. I love it! Something so sweet and simple about a handwritten note carried across the states to its recipient. These cards are gorgeous and punny 😀

  30. I wrote to my parents at summer camp and then when I went away for boarding school. They are world travelers now and send me postcards from all over the place that I can keep forever.

  31. Oh man. My parents forced me to write thank you notes for everything as a child! Now, as a mid-thirties adult, I’ve completed lost the habit, but still manage to feel guilty about not sending thank you notes. Ugh!

  32. I confess. I am negligent when it come to writing thank you notes. I was brought up to send them out within a week of receiving a gift….but sometimes it is weeks…even a month before they go out. Despite the cloud of guilt hanging over my head as each day passes, I procrastinate or stare at the blank card…or decide I suddenly need to clean my sink. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the gift, but I dread writing. Dread. Correspondence is a lost art. Thank you for encouraging its return.

  33. I love writing thank you notes and I am cultivating the habit in my daughter who is two. We colour and paint cards and I write a little message and she helps me put on the stamp and drop the envelopes in the box.

  34. My grandmother is a stickler for thank you cards so I’m somewhat in a habit to think about doing them, but I often neglect to actually send them out. I really need to work on that!

  35. I never sent a thank you note while I was growing up except for confirmation and graduation. Once out on my own I began to send thank you notes and just notes to say hello – how are you. I love going to mail and finding a handwritten note from someone who cares about me. So very special !

  36. Here in the south, thank you notes (and any handwritten note) are a staple! I still enjoy sending them after someone has done something nice for me, but I didn’t enjoy doing it as a teenager. I remember having to make out all my thank you notes for graduation gifts and I thought my hand was going to fall off, I was sure my parents were the cruelest parents ever!

  37. My parents (particularly my mom) always made me write thank you notes, and it is a habit I keep to this day! Sadly, sometimes it is a thank you email , but I find that if I keep some cute stationary around, it is a lot more fun to send handwritten mail!

  38. As a teacher, I get a few gifts from my students at Christmas. I always write thank you notes and mail them. I used to hand make them first but it got to be a bit too much to do. I still mail them, instead of handing them out to the students at school. I always love getting mail, and so I think it’s more fun for them to get an actual note. Many of them even tell me that they got it, which is cute (“Hey, you sent me a letter!”).

  39. My family is not big on cards. We remember to send out Christmas cards maybe every other year, and certainly don’t feel the need to document our love for one another with regular exchange of Hallmarkian sentiments. So I must admit it came as a shock to me when I received my first St. Patrick’s day card EVER from my boyfriend’s mother. And it only deepened from there…a few short months later I received my first thank you for the thank you card card. Needless to say, five years and a handful of passive aggressive expected to hear from you regret cards later, I have gotten quite good with the household rule: you can never send too many thank you cards.

  40. I’m sad when parents don’t teach their children to thank their friends for birthday gifts. But … I do not dwell. I simply have my daughter write thank you notes for her birthday gifts. 🙂

  41. When growing up, all of my relatives lived in another state so thank you notes were mandatory! To this day, my children (all grown) are thank note fanatics as well as I am!

  42. Some of the nicest, most heartfelt thank you cards I have received are from the parents of my students that I taught over a 27 year period. I always send thank you notes but it seems to be a dying art.

  43. Growing up, I was taught to write thank you notes for EVERYTHING! Birthday gifts, attending a sleep-over, having dinner with friends at their parents’ house… everyone loves a little note of recognition. Now that I’m planning the biggest thank you note extravaganza of my life, my eco-friendly farmers’ market themed wedding, these little cards would be such a sweet addition!

  44. I love making cards with my teenage daughters but have never been able to do it on consistent basis. I’d really love to make it a regular thing for us. By the way, February 22 is my birthday. (hint).

  45. My grandmother began teaching me to write cursive at about the age 8, thank you notes were the beginning of beautiful penmanship…. and equally beautiful relationships that have endured through time. I always keep blank note cards with me; for just that moment when I know someone needs words of encouragement, friendship or just to share appreciation.. Those days as a little girl learning what the true beauty of life is will remain in my heart and flow through my pen always…..

  46. Recently, I got a thank you note from some friends whose wedding I attended. They thanked me for a gift that I had not given. In fact, I had not yet given a gift (I had been planning something elaborate that just fell through). Now I need to send them a new gift, and explain that although their thank you was appreciated, the gift wasn’t from me. And sorry for the late gift. Awkward!

  47. I was always told to write thank you notes as a child, so it started with my grandmother’s cousin who sent me little gifts. After many years of these wonderful notes and gifts being sent back and forth (along with a few visits) she passed away in her 80’s. Because of this she wrote me into her will , which of course I had no knowledge of. I still have some of the letters as they were from my favorite pen pal.

  48. I just gave a thank you card and some tangerine jelly to a friend and co-worker that donated some money to me for my son’s alternative communication application (for the iPad, called Speak for Yourself!) I love these much more than the card I gave her!

  49. I am horrible at writing thank you notes. However, I do remember being jealous of my sister who received a hand painted wall hanging from our grandmother because she was one of the few people who sent a thank you card after Christmas or a birthday. Didn’t change my bad habit, but I was jealous.

  50. My husband is a Preacher and a teacher. We are always having to write thank you and other types of notes. These are so pretty and speak to my love of gardening and cooking. It wouldn’t take long for anyone to realize who the note was from! My Mama instilled in me the necessity of thank you notes and notes of appreciation. I have done the same for my daughter.

  51. I try my best to write them! And I’m working on teaching my kids to write them too, even though they are still very small. I think it is so important to teach gratitude and writing notes is a good way to do it!

  52. I LOVE writing thank-you notes! And I LOVE stationery! Seriously, I have a hard time buying cards because I know i have to give them away. Luckily I live in Portland, the mecca of fun letterpress.

  53. I send and receive so few notes now that handwritten thank-you’s feel truly special. The idea of including a recipe is even more so.

  54. I adore nice papers, cards, pens, and pencils, however, I never seem to write cards or notes. I really want to become one of those people who pens a nice thank you note when appropriate, and never forgets to send out birthday, anniversary, or holiday cards!

  55. I did write thank you notes as a child, but have dropped the habit as an adult. I’m awful. Maybe I’ll pick it up again with some cute new notecards?

  56. These are really cute! I probably don’t write thank you notes quickly enough. I think they’re important, but I let the time slip away and then send them a bit late.

  57. When I was growing up we were expected to write thank you notes. My mom let us pick our own stationery and pen colors. I expect the same from my 8 year old twins. They, like I, enjoy writing thank you notes and embellish with hand drawn pictures as well.

  58. I used to love giving thank you notes! Unfortunately I am one of those stationery lovers that will happily look at, buy, but rarely use “nice” stationery. In recent years I’ve trained myself to use thank you notes for two extra things: (1) dinner parties, and (2) end-of-year thanks.

  59. I broke my ankle a few years ago and my wonderful friends made sure that six weeks of nightly meals were delivered for me and my family. So much love…those thank yous were easy to write!

  60. My grandmother taught me to write thank you cards. I did a 300+ mile bike ride / fundraiser this past September and sent all my supporters hand written thank you notes on cards my acquaintance Melissa designed.

  61. My mom always gave us new stationary the day after Christmas with a fun new pen. I have continued the tradition with my daughter. Unfortunately, I recently found the stack of thank you cards that my 9 year old dutifully wrote. Apparently I forgot to address and mail them!

  62. I love sending cards, and thank you cards too. Growing up in Chile, I never did send thank you cards, it was not common. I think I wrote more letters thank cards, growing up. Now, living in the US for the past 20 years, I have seen so many beautiful cards, and I am always enchanted for the art, the words, the text used, etc. These are things that make a card beautiful or perfect for someone. I love these, they are so beautiful. Thank you for the chance.

  63. Thank you cards aren’t something I had to write as a kid and I don’t really write them now. I think they’re wonderful though and i always feel good when i get one.

  64. I was taught to write thank you notes, which thankfully, my daughter has embraced this tradition too. I love to send beautiful cards to people & they are always glad to receive these missives. What better way to help someone’s fledgling business than a giveaway! The first thank you card I would write would be to the sponsor of this giveaway!

  65. I have always mailed notes and letters. It is a shame that handwriting is now defunct in our schools. There is nothing more cheerful than finding a personal letter or note in your mailbox after a hard days work!

  66. Thank you notes have always been part of our family traditions, and I love receiving them from my nieces and nephew; it’s a fun part of watching them grow up.

  67. I too love writing or receiving a notecard in this electronic age, it just show a little more thought
    was given to the gesture. Thiese would be perfect.

  68. When I was 9 my mom started the Christmas tradition of letting us play with whatever gifts we received on Christmas day, but starting the day after we could not touch them until a thank you note had been written. It took me a week to finish writing them all that first year, but the next year I gathered up all my presents, turned on a movie, and wrote all my thank yous on Christmas day. It’s become a Christmas day tradition that for me now, one that I love and never tire of doing!

  69. It is always treat to receive a thank you note, so I have forced myself to be diligent about sending them. After all, it is the polite thing to do!

  70. As a kid, I was never one to write thank you notes. Now, when given the time, I love writing hand written notes. I usually am far too verbose when writing thank you notes. But it gives me time to reflect on the experience or present for which I am grateful.

  71. I’m making my son write a thank you note today actually. He got a belated birthday present and needs to send out a note today. 🙂 He is 5 so he writes some words and draws what he’s thankful for.

  72. I love paper, pens and tools! So buying note cards is not an option for me. I wish I was more consistant in sending ‘thank you’ cards because it shows you value what the person gave. To me, electronic thank you’s just are not the same as an old fashioned, hand-written, snail-mailed card.

  73. I babysat for 3 boys. Their mother insisted they write thank you letters. The boys still write them as adults. It really made an impression on me and started me down the path of being diligent about thank you letters. Now I make my kids do it, the way I saw that woman teach her sons.

  74. Oh, gosh; I’m in my mid 60’s. I have been writing thank you notes, etc I think ever since I was able to write. I was taught from young on to write a thank you note for my birthday presents, Christmas gifts, etc.
    I have kept up with it to this day but I now make all my own cards for any and all occasions and holidays as well as making my own ‘thank you’ note cards. I don’t even remember the last time I bought a store bought card.
    Thank you for this opportunity

  75. I am not good at remembering birthday’s let alone writing thank-you notes. I often say thank you in person but I know that a note would be a better way to go.

  76. I still do handwritten thank you notes and insist my daughter do them too. When she goes to camp every summer for three weeks, the only form of contact we have is through the mail, so note writing is alive & well here.

  77. I always write thank you notes. It was instilled in me as a child. A personal thank you note given or received is a way to slow down and reflect in a fast paced society the connection between friends. I look at my latest thank you note and give thanks for being able to share food with good friends. The note was sent after our last dinner party.

  78. I have long loved notes, cards, calligraphy and such. A friend was asked, rather sarcastically, “When was the last handwritten letter you’ve gotten?” She realized I was the only person to respond back through snail mail. I have kept our twenty year correspondence, along with school notes and the myriad of unique and artful exchanges that once littered my ‘computer desk’ spot, in an overflowing box to show youngsters what pen, paper, and a moment of thoughtfulness looks like.

  79. I am a firm believer in sending thank you notes and we send dozens a year. It takes so little effort to send and it always makes people happy to get one.

  80. I love to write, as well as receive, handwritten notes on beautiful stationery. I always have several boxes of pretty notecards available to use for any occasions. I am always buying pretty cards wherever I travel. I have always emphasized to my sons the importance of a thank-you note, and that handwritten are preferred (though electronic is better than nothing). These cards are beautiful and unique!

  81. I received my first grown up thank you card after I joined a local moms club. It caught me off guard to get a cute little square envelope in the mail! It simply said thank you for all the little trinkets I got her for her little baby shower we had(it listed each little thing I got her) it made my whole week and I proudly displayed it on my refrigerator for about a month!!

  82. I love writing thank you cards in my personal life and I try to do it regularly. That said, I just read an article about how thank you cards can be a good business practice and a light went on. Now I’m planning to send thank you cards related to the veggie farm I manage (so these cards would be perfect!).

  83. We were required to write thank you notes for all of our Christmas and birthday gifts. I had my sons write them also. Sometimes that was a bit of a battle, especially for my youngest son who’s birthday is only 2 weeks after Christmas! Now as adults both sons write thank you notes, at least to me, and I’m glad they take the time to do it!

  84. I love note cards and writing letters and cards. I have always tried to instill in my children a sense of gratitude and have helped them write thanks and say thank you in appreciation of gifts through the years. However, my sister-in-law always comments to my now teenage children they don’t need to do that and their mother makes them do it (!?! how helpful) and my mother-in-law chimes in her agreement on the matter. Unfortunately thank yous and hand written notes will probably be extinct in a matter of years.

  85. The rule when growing up and the rule I made my kids follow was that you could not cash the gift check,use the toy or do anything with the gift until the thank you note was written! I still keep to that myself,even though I am almost 60 years old. My kids tend to still send written thank you notes. It’s a dying art – the hand written note, but one that leaves a lasting impression.

  86. I love sending notes of encouragement to friends or students…especially the ones who would not normally get those notes. I would love to have a set of cute note cards to use to send notes!!

  87. I learned early in life how much people appreciate a hand written thank you. I taught my two boys (forcefully at first) to write thank you notes. Now, at 22 and 19, they always write thank yous. A hand written, well worded thank you note makes such an impression, not only on loved ones, but on casual acquaintances as well. It speaks volumes about your manners and personality, and I think it makes the recipient feel extra special since letters in the mail are all but forgotten in our busy world.

  88. I admit, I need to get better at sending cards of all types. There is something so special about receiving a beautiful handwritten card in the mail. I agree, it is a dying art, and I want to improve. These special cards would would be a great start…

  89. I try to write thank you notes, sometimes life gets crazy and I forget. But I always get such a happy feeling when I get a thank you card, that I try my best to get them out on time so others can know how much I appreciated their gifts.

  90. My secret love of stationary lends itself beautifully to sending thank you notes. The more notes that I send, the more excuses that I have to buy more beautiful note cards. I am a sucker for stationary. These cards are adorable!

  91. When I was interviewing for graduate school, I always sent thank you notes to the faculty members who interviewed me. At the time I had a friend who was trying to get a calligraphy etsy shop off the ground, so she made me some beautiful cards that said “Thank you” on the front and even addressed them for me!

  92. My parents made me write Thank You notes for Christmas and birthday presents. I still try to write them but I definitely focus on my grandparents. Sadly, my friends don’t usually get Thank You notes. But they do get more frequent random gifts and notes to show my appreciation of them. I love using fun cards for Thank You notes. These are perfect.

  93. I have always written thank you notes, I just love to do so. I haven’t been super vigilant about it in recent years, but I try to always express my gratitude.

    One year for Christmas I sent out my thank you notes the day after Christmas and my grandpa asked me if I’d been snooping under the tree and written my thank you note before Christmas. 🙂

  94. I enjoy writing notes by hand; it is one of those simple pleasures in life to sit with a cup of coffee, a favorite pen, and write a short note to someone, whether to say thank you or that I am thinking of someone.

  95. We learned how to write “Thank You” notes in school! But, I’ve gotten out of the habit of writing them. That is so unfortunate because it is a wonderful way to acknowledge a kindness.

  96. Kudos to Joy! I too send thank you notes for everything and I have been doing it forever. I love to receive thank yous and I have saved all of the great ones my nephew has sent us over the years. Adorable!

    Also – the cards are wonderful. I”m buying them regardless of this contest. 🙂

  97. I start each day with a to-do list that always includes a category for Cards/Notes followed by a list of people. I simply cannot enter a store without first checking out their stationary because I am so often running low. What I adore about this love of gifting people with a note, is the gift of passing it along. We adopted a little boy from China and he can often be found at the table crafting a homemade card to someone! These cards are simply stunning!

  98. Growing up it was very important in my family to say thank you, but it was done in person or on the phone. When I moved away from my family (from Germany to the US) writing letters and (thank you) cards became the new normal. I always made sure our girls did the same, crafting their own cards and later on writing them.

  99. My sister in law is GREAT about thank you notes and when I get one from her, I always feel a bit guilty that I am not a better thank you note writer!

  100. I’m a big advocate of thank you notes… I sent them for both of my graduations, two showers, our wedding, my daughter’s birthdays, and Christmas presents from older relatives. I get rather steamed when I don’t receive one for wedding or shower gifts.

  101. Even though I had written thank you notes for many years, I was inspired when I read about our First Lady, Barbara Bush. She made it her practice to write a quick thank you as soon as she arrived home after an event, even if it was late at night. In doing so, she could easily recall the gracious hospitality and warmth of friendship during the dinner, luncheon or party. It was still fresh in her mind and the note arrived promptly in the mail box of the host and hostess. Wouldn’t a quick, thoughtful response be a delightful compliment?

    These beautiful note cards will extend the warm thoughts to long after they are received and each one gives a small gift in return. Thank you for the opportunity to win them.

  102. I always send thank you cards if someone has done something special for me. We had or children send cards to there friends after birthday parties. I’m so surprised how few people do this any more. I have given many wedding gifts and never received a thank you.

  103. I’ve always been a thank you note writer; and there are some times that I am better at it than others. I have always made sure my daughters send thank you notes as well. Now that they are old enough to participate fully, I am trying to instill the value of homemade thank you gifts with their cards. A simple jar of preserves or vegetable soup (or knit scarf) says thank you so personally. And it is a great way to spend quality time with my tween and teen daughters!

  104. My parents made us write thank you notes for every gift and visit. I do the same, and people mention my notes often. My son went to a job fair at his University, and landed a great internship and a job upon graduation. One interviewer told him he was but 1 of 6 young men wearing a suit, and his was the only handwritten thank you for the interview. Proud momma.

  105. I, too, love giving and receiving thank you notes. It personalizes the sentiment instead of rushing by someone and thanking them briefly in conversation. Upon my leaving a workplace, the staff scheduled a lovely go-away party for me. I was miles away from that workplace within a week, yet I still felt it appropriate and necessary to write thank you notes to the planners of the event and also to those who attended.

  106. For the month of November we wanted to have our family focus on showing gratitude to those people who have blessed our lives and teach our children how important it is to express appreciation and love to others. Once a week we each wrote and delivered thankyou notes. No impersonal emails allowed!

  107. I love these note cards! I’m a big believer in the power of “thank you”, especially a written one. I even keep a box of them in my desk at work to send notes to co-workers when they’ve gone out of their way for me. It always brings a smile, and makes them happy they helped.

  108. I love receiving thank you notes, anything hand written that takes time is always appreciated. I have several boxes of notes that I like to drop in the mail for others.

  109. I always wrote thank you cards when I was younger, and made my children do the same. With email and texting these days, the art seems to be lost. I think it would be wonderful to bring it back with these cards. They are so nice!

  110. We always had to write thank you notes as kids. Even though I’m a big slacker in that department now, my Mom still mails a note to me for every occasion, even though she lives just a mile away!

  111. Absolutely had to write thank you notes growing up and had to make them meaningful, not generic. As a child, I found this really difficult, but now I can do it easily and still write notes all the time. In fact, I have a note in my bag that I have to mail.

  112. Love these
    I did grow up writing thank you notes, and over time have fallen in and out of the habit. I was good with showers and wedding thank you, but birthdays, holidays I tend to slide.

  113. I LOVE sending thank you notes – it gives me an opportunity to use some of the beautiful cards that I can’t seem to keep myself from buying.

  114. I do thank you notes for any gift I receive. I send them for my 2-year old, as well. We trace her hand and she colors a bit on each card. We were made to do them when we were growing up, and I think it’s such an important thing to continue.

  115. Growing up, my Mom always purchased beautiful thank-you notes for us to use to make sure all gifts were acknowledged. It seemed special to have such pretty cards to write notes and mail–it still makes me feel good to put one in the post!

  116. I was always good with thank you notes as a kid, and am trying to teach my kids the same. Unfortunately it seems I am one of the few parents who still does so. I’m undecided whether a generic thank you to the whole birthday party handed out at the end counts- especially if the kid had not part in it! Stepping off soap box now.

  117. I love writing thank you notes! My mom instilled the value of a good thank you note in me from a young age, and I watched a nearly-graduated high school senior spend his summer writing thank you notes nicer than I had ever dreamed of. That changed my perspective – no more ‘3 sentence – thank you for the BLANK, I plan to use it for BLANK, glad you could come to my BLANK’ notes for me. Now i write personalized, thoughtful, occasionally funny notes to let people know how much i appreciate their gifts. I’d love to win this set so I can use them and send them to folks. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  118. I fluctuate between being awesome at thank you notes and terrible. Forced to do them as achild, I still feel guilty when I don’t but I will confess to being a thank you emailer. Which is terrible. I’m better when I have inspiring notecards. So I’m always buying those and postcards whenever I find ones I enjoy.

  119. My mother always told us not to embarrass her by neglecting thank you notes. A lovely, hand written note on beautiful stationery always reminds me of her.

  120. After sending out all of our wedding thank you notes, I heard back from my parents that one of their friends said it was the best thank you note she had ever received and was saving it to show her daughters what they should look like! I’m half surprised (my notes aren’t anything special!) and half proud. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  121. I have to admit I’ve never really been one for “Thank You” cards, but that changed last year with my wedding. We kept things small, so every guest and every gift was very special and deserved a hand-written note. My wife and I are hoping to continue to send cards to our friends and family, just because.

  122. My parents were always very serious about thank-you notes. I do my best to keep up, but am always worried I’m not sending them fast enough to make them proud!

  123. I write thank you notes, postcards, letters…..my mother taught me to write a good thank you note, and people always appreciate them. Lately I’ve been trying to send a postcard a day (I unearthed a box of old postcards and want to use them up). Getting real mail is such a treat.

  124. I have written thank you notes for a good long time,
    there is a 2 fold reason, first, you acknowledge the giver,
    second, writing a note iis like getting the gift a second time

  125. I am indeed a thank you note advocate. Actually any surface mail. It bothers me that the art of letter writing has fallen to the way side. I try to impress this upon my daughter in law and granddaughter, especially when a thank you note is needed.

  126. I try and enter all your give a ways and sadly I NEVER win. Know I won’t this time, but do know this- I am one of tons out there who are spurred by you exposure to products to go and buy them anyway even through there is no chance of winning. This is a great idea and I do use note cards all the time. Another dinosaur for the hand crafted note card and the personal notes within!

  127. These are great! Yes, my mom made us write thank you cards for all presents! I appreciate it now though, I think we are losing manners and a thank you is the least you can do for someone who bothered to send you a gift!

  128. As a young girl, I was always required to send a thank you card to aunts and grandparents saying thank you for the gifts they sent me for birthday or Christmas. When I had kids I always made sure that when they received something from anyone they had to send a thank you note or at least and thank them. These cards are so adorable that I’m sure any recipient will be thrilled and happy to receive them.

  129. My parents forced me to write them when I was younger, and it never really caught on, much like making my bed. I still write them from time to time, it just depends on the formality of the situation, honestly!

  130. What a cute idea for something that was always TORTURE for me as a kid….I never could think of anything to say…. Now, I always like to have beautiful note cards on hand in case they are needed.

  131. Over the years I’ve received a few thank you notes from students that really made me feel like my work is worthwhile. I should send more thank-yous than I do. Lovely cards!

  132. As a recent grad, I make a huge effort to write thank-you notes for every gift, and after every interview or meeting with a mentor – I think it particularly sets one apart from other people our age who have mostly dropped the habit!

  133. The sooner I send the card the more it is appreciated. The magic time for writing a note is when I am full of the energy generated by the event. I can thank assistants and co participants with gusto. And the words just flow onto my thank you card.

  134. you know, i never realized how important thank you cards are until i never heard peep back from some folks i mailed christmas presents to this year. did the gift ever make it there? did it just get buried in the holiday shuffle? were they offended by the gift? have they given up drinking since i last saw them, so those gummy shot glasses were in poor taste? the world may never know…

  135. I wrote thank you notes occasionally when I was younger. My Mom never made us write them for most things, but it was a requirement for graduation gifts. I didn’t become a thank you note advocate until after marriage when I noticed that the girl friend (eventual wife) of one of my husband’s best friends wrote thank you notes for EVERYTHING! I have to admit that I was guilted into starting, but it has become a habit that I’m happy to have. My kiddos weren’t allowed to play with gifts until their thank you notes were written. I’ve been know to give them cute note sets in their Christmas stockings when I think they’ve been amiss with their gratitude. I feel that if someone has taken the time to think of me, the very least I can do is thank them properly.

    I love special note cards, and these are some of the prettiest cards I’ve seen. Not only would I enjoy sending these cards, I’m pretty sure people would enjoy receiving them!

  136. Wow, these cards are beyond adorable! Love them. Yes, my mom had us sitting down Christmas afternoon writing out our thank you notes. I’m glad I have the habit because it is wonderful to receive something “real” in the mail now and then.

  137. My husband proposed to me over happy hour in our favorite swanky bar, which happens to be attached to an equally swanky hotel (really, it was much more romantic than it sounds!). A couple of days after he proposed, I wrote a note to the general manager of the hotel. I wrote to let him know that we liked the bar so much that we’d had a couple of ‘dating anniversaries’ there and that it was somewhere we liked and felt comfortable in so much that he decided to propose, and thank you for all that. The general manager wrote me back saying he appreciated the happy note, that mostly people only bother with complaints, and to say thank you to us, he gave us a $100 gift certificate to the swanky restaurant also attached to the hotel.

  138. I hated my mom making me write thank you notes….but so glad she did, now i see the importance of them & am working at being the same mean mama to my kiddos!

  139. As a kid, we always had to acknowledge gifts, but a verbal thanks was OK. Now as an adult I write more thank you notes than ever – it really makes people feel appreciated!

  140. I just remember writing my thank yous after my wedding and thinking my hand was going to fall off or I was going to go mental. But I appreciated everything I was given and wanted to make sure I got them out quickly to demonstrate it.

  141. I love sending thank you cards specially home made ones. I believe that even the smallest act deserves acknowledgement and a kind word in return.

  142. I was taught to write thank you notes and still do. I will admit sometimes I email and even text them, but even those come from the heart.

  143. Thank you notes are imperative! As a writer, and someone who loves the physical act of writing, I send thank you notes regularly. It’s an easy, simple way to show appreciation for someone else’s time, money, and effort. I think it’s rude not to send one!

  144. As you said, is there anything nicer than real mail amongst the recycling that stuffs our mail boxes daily? My favorite part after writing the note or letter is the beautiful stamps to chose from.

  145. I actually never got into thank you notes until I reached adult life. I despised writing the as a kid. Now I love sending thank you notes because it allows me to be creative. I can make notes or buy from artists. It also helps me keep in touch with my relatives that are not so computer savvy!

  146. These are adorable. I used to be a huge card fan – it is so much more personal – but sadly it has fallen by the wayside. These cards inspire me!

  147. My parents never forced the matter, but they didn’t mention on occasion that it would be appropriate. I confess that it’s something that I wish I were better at. Though, after my wedding I was looking for work in a new hometown and in between filling in job applications I handmade and wrote thank you cards to everyone. I enjoyed that process so much and I often think of it when I’m faced with the knowledge that I should send a card.

  148. I always write thank yous, and always encouraged my kids to do so. When they were younger they’d draw or stamp designs, and I’d write the note, and they would sign their names.

  149. My parents never made me write Thank yous growing up – except to one family member who expected them. I always thought the practice was antiquated and dull. Until my high school graduation, most gifts were given in person which technically precludes the required Thank you note. So, it really wasn’t until graduation that I came to understand the value of a handwritten thank you. I love giving and receiving them now. I actually love the paper that I put them on, too. So much, that I practice my Thank you note on notebook paper first, then write it on the pretty card. They’re beautiful! I’d use them quickly!

  150. These are seriously the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I love having cute notecards to write thank yous with! Writing notes of thanks was not a childhood habit for me, but one I picked up as an adult and love the art of doing it, and of receiving them as well. Hope I’m lucky this week!

  151. Ooh, I love these! I do write thank-you notes… and I have found that having nice cards is the key to writing them. My current ones are covered with cute pictures of my kids – so sending one is easy! These are adorable though.

  152. My mother always had beautiful paper wares. She had a gift shop, and always made us know how important a formal thank-you card was. Today I also tell my grown children to at least e-mail a thank-you and call on the phone, but really a card or note is most appreciated. Good luck.

  153. I always wrote thank you notes growing up (and still do), and when my children were young, I made them write thank you notes. As a result, I frequently receive thank you notes from them, which is fantastic! There is nothing like receiving a handwritten thank you note.

  154. Love these! I am not as good about sending thank you cards as I wish I was, but I really want to commit to being better at it, and these would help! 😉

  155. We had to write thank you notes for gift as kids – I appreciate it now as an adult, and actually like to have nice thank you cards on hand to send. These look very clever!

  156. I love sending greeting cards! And Thank you notes are so important, mostly because you let another person know how much you care about them! Love the “olive my love” saying as well. So Cute!

  157. I grew up in a note-sending home! thank you notes were obligatory, and birthday cards to family and friends were usually homemade and a collaborative process. I love receiving notes in the mail, and sending them to others!

  158. I gotta admit that I’m not as good as I should be. I did them promptly for my wedding, but not very good when I’m opening in front of the giver or can easily call/email. Maybe winning these would reform me.

  159. I’m not super diligent about thank you notes, except where grandparents are concerned (since it’s a good way to send life updates and keep in touch with the non-email set). But when I received a group gift for my dissertation defense mostly from people who live far away, I sent a thank you card with a paper crane ornament for each person who contributed. I wanted them to know how much it meant to me to feel like they were present with me through their gift.

  160. I was not a thank you note writer as a child, but as an adult I have learned the value of a kind hand-written sentiment. Frankly, it’s nice to receive something in the mail other than bills occasionally!

  161. I don’t remember to send thank you notes but I’m all about birthday cards in the mail.
    I did get a thank you card at work once. I helped a patron, it’s a library, with something I no longer remember and a week or so later she left a thank you card for me at the front desk. I still have it because it has such pretty flowers on the front.

  162. I like to write and send thank you cards these days – because I think the receiver appreciates it twice as much because it is hand written.

  163. as children my brothers and i were always told to write thank you notes after receiving something (anything!). i maintained the habit and now my girls do the same. handwritten notes delight and surprise people nowadays and i relishreceivin them. i ws asked to be a judge at my girls’ elementry school’s science fair one year. about a week after the fair, i received a thank you note with a coloured picture of me judging this young man’s project. that was six years ago and i still have the picture hanging on the fridge!

  164. I love thank you cards. As a teacher, I like to have them on hand and I’m always writing little notes to stick in the mail with my 5yr old daughter! These cards look like such fun – who wouldn’t like the bonus of a new recipe to try!

  165. I enjoy writing thank you cards – it’s so important to express gratitude, and a handwritten note is such a direct, personal way to do it. These cards are perfect since they express one of my favorite hobbies, too!

  166. I love giving and receiving thank you cards. They are so much more personal than email messages. Plus, isn’t it fun to get something besides bills in the mail???

  167. I love writing thank you notes. I was taught to do so at a young age and it is something that has stuck with me. I also enjoy writing “just because” notes, but not nearly as much as I enjoy receiving them. 🙂

  168. I am embarrassingly bad at sending thank you notes. I love getting them – and I want to do the same for others, I am just so undisciplined about actually writing them. When I do, though, I always put them in the mail. So much more fun to receive that way!

  169. I am religious about writing thank you notes because these days people receive so few personal letters that it pleases me to think of them being surprised by a thank you card.

  170. I was raised to send cards, write letters and send thank you notes. We lived far from any family and in the days before cell phones we could not afford to call “long distance” so writing was the main form of communication. There is nothing like receiving a hand written note. I started making my own cards with photos that I have taken which I like to call “frameable art”. Now if for some reason I do not send a hand written card that I have made my friends give me a hard time and are disappointed. I love the recipe on the back of these cards they are truly an inspiration as cooking and canning are an important part of my life. I recently put together a cookbook of my Mom’s best recipes paired with old family photos and gave it to her before she passed and even in her difficult illness she in fact sent a thank you message.

  171. Raised in 1950’s North Carolina, my mother taught my brothers and me to write crayon thank-you notes before any of us were old enough to began school. It’s been a life-long habit. Now that I’m 70, I’ve started using my collection of post-cards as my thank-you stationery. I’ve gotten very pleasant responses when the recipient opens the envelope to find two or three cards (sequentially numbered, of course) with my note or letter. It seems to brighten everyone’s day!

  172. I keep all the thank you cards given to me from the college students with whom I work displayed in my office. Although a simple gesture, it makes me feel very appreciated, especially on the rough days.

  173. My parents always had us write thank you notes as a kid. Now I still like to write them and mail them out, especially to my grandma as I know she really enjoys getting a cute little card with a note from me (and if she sends a gift of money she likes to hear about the bargain shopping I did to maximize her gift!).

  174. never had to write notes as a kid. gifts and thank yous were always given in person – frequently with a baked good or some wild flowers from the yard in place of a card. long distance phone calls were considered quite special when i was a kid so those were acceptable for thank yous in the rare instance of distance being an issue. i do occasionally write them now but i still prefer thanking people in person whenever possible. actually, i have one to write that i’ve been putting off for a bit too long. guess i know what i’m doing tonight.

  175. Those are beautiful cards, and I love the puns! The only regular thank you notes I wrote were for the buyers for my 4-H animals. They usually weren’t the best or most personal, but I like to think I got better at it as I got older.

  176. I love receiving correspondence in the mail, so I always make a point to send thank you notes. Its a simple gesture that really says a lot.

  177. I was taught to always bring a small gift when I visit or attend an event, and ALWAYS send a thank you note. I enjoy collecting cards to send. I do also send email thank you’s, but really enjoy surprising someone with a real paper note

  178. My close friend NEVER forgets the power of a thank you card or note and is very speedy in sending.
    They mean a lot when you receive, the special message she writes inside. I too save them all. These cards are the types she sends. She puts me to shame, as while I do send, I am always late! 🙁

  179. I remember writing thank you notes after Christmas, but it was without joy. As an adult, when I am moved to write a thank you, it comes from the heart. I love receiving hand written notes as well. It feels truly special in this day of e-cards.

  180. As a teacher, I can tell you that many students don’t have enough thank you card stories and I try to first teach and then encourage thank you card writing.

  181. I learned to write thank you notes as a child for Christmas and birthday presents. I still try to send them and cherish the ones I receive. Getting a physical card in the mail is very special these days.

  182. I’ve begun making my own thank you cards, and have sent quite a few out this year already. It’s a great (and inexpensive) way to get your creative juices flowing. And let’s be honest, everyone loves receiving something in the mail!

  183. Thank you cards are a nostalgic thing, I think. I make my kids write them for Christmas gifts – it’s a chore, but we still do it. I’m also a big advocate of slipping a hand-written thank-you note into my teaching colleagues’ mailboxes. I have a stash that I’ve received over the years, and there’s nothing better on a bad day than diving into those. These are gorgeous, and I have a few people in my life who appreciate a hand-written card, and would love these. (yippee for Canada – U.S. giveaways)

  184. My son is very well trained in writing thank you notes — doesn’t have to be reminded! I think it is because I always bought him a box of his own special cards. One year it was dinosaurs! Another was teddy bears.

  185. I was always taught to write thank you notes. It is so rare these days, I have even gone to friends houses and seen my notes hung up on the fridge!

  186. These are so cute – and certainly suit my personality and combine my love of our local food table with my love of puns! Growing up, I never really had to write thank-you cards, something I regret, because it’s such a joy to get a hand-written note in the mail, especially today with the ephemeral nature of communication.

  187. Those are adorable! I always wrote thank you notes and I continue to love to write them. The electronic age makes everything so convenient, so it is nice to keep putting pen to paper on occasion.

  188. My parents made me write them and I haaaaated it. My mom wasn’t much better, though…we are a family of procrastinators. 🙂

  189. I have a friend who writes thank you notes for every gift he’s given. It’s enough to encourage me to make things (like jars of lemon curd) so he’ll write me a note. -djs

  190. I know that note sending and writing are becoming a thing of the past. What a treat to receive a note in the mail. I have special notes that I’ve received and save. When I happen to come across them, it brings much joy! I love these note cards and would be thrilled to win them. Thanks!!

  191. When I was younger, it seemed like my Mom made me send a Thank You card to anyone and everyone who ever gave me anything! To this day, writing Thank You cards when I receive gifts from others is still something that I always do and enjoy doing to show my appreciation. I’m so glad my Mom taught me appreciation at a young age and that it stuck with me.

  192. I brought a neighborhood friend a few quarts of leftover cream from a case I had bought at work. When I arrived, she was freaking out because her cat was in the hospital. I listened and hugged and left the cream with her. A few days later, there was a thank-you card in my mailbox. She was happy to have the distraction of an ingredient to use (and the cat was going to be fine). It was a nice surprise.

  193. I love writing notes to family and friends. I picked up the thank you card habit as an adult. There is no better way to express one’s feelings.

  194. My family is huge on thank you notes. Preferably hand written and mailed. But email, text, or verbal thank you’s are also nice to receive! I think the important thing is to make the giver feel appreciated! 🙂

  195. My parents (who are really, really awesome) didn’t consistently make us write TYNs. Just for big events. I was very much still a letter writer when email was starting up, but became more electronic over time. This last year or two, I’ve gotten much more into TYNs as part of an effort to be a little more intentional in maintaining my relationships.
    I love all of the artists making beautiful cards for us to make each others’ days with.

  196. I’m sure my parents made us write the occasional thank you, but I don’t think it was instilled in me well enough because I had difficulty with it post-baby shower! I think I managed to mail most of them though!

  197. My mom always made me write a thank you note every time I received a gift or was touched by someone in some way. To this day, I send snail mail to friends and family and keep a pack of cards in my handbag, along with stamps, just in case! These particular cards are adorable – thanks for sharing her work!

  198. I only had to write formal notes on really special occasions (confirmation, graduation, etc.), and even today I never quite seem to get around to writing them, even when I want to. (I can’t even imagine the mess my toddler’s head exploding would make if she saw my cards collection.) So I wish I’d been made to write them more as a kid and will, I hope, encourage my kids to do it. We’re away from family, so that somehow seems like it should make a difference.

  199. I love thank you cards, there a great way to make someones day. Recently I sent a not to my Aunt, just thanking her for a memory I had of her teaching my sister and I how to bake.

  200. I really disliked writing thank you notes as a kid, and now one of the biggest banes of my existence is getting my kids to write thank you notes. Hand written notes are a dying breed, but I’d be happy to write a note on these! They are awesome.

  201. I do love thank you notes! I’m not as disciplined as I ought to be about writing them, but I really try to! And receiving a handwritten thank you note is always such a treat.

  202. I always sent them as a child…I never really taught my own kids to send them.
    We found that a phone call to say thank you always worked better for us. My family seemed to enjoy talking to their grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins one on one to say their thank you.
    Now they just send emails or texts…sigh…….

  203. My sister and I were always required to write personal thank you notes for every gift we received, and it was always handwritten and either mailed or hand delivered. We didn’t like it then, but now it’s habit and feels odd if we don’t follow up with the sender of a gift. She’s teaching her children to do the same now too!

  204. I still write thank-you notes – not to everyone but I think a handwritten note is so much more meaningful at times and is worth the postage. I don’t remember ever being sat down and forced to write notes but I’m sure I started doing it because of my parents. I love to find unique notepaper or cards, it makes it even more special!

  205. Yes, I was taught that a hand-written “thank-you” was a must. The habit is in me for life. I really enjoy getting a thank-you card myself…it says effort, thoughtfulness like nothing else.

  206. I write Thank You notes. However, I wish I would do more. My mother is a great example for this. I just honestly never picked it up from her as much as she does. I would probably keep some for myself and share with my mother if I win. Thanks for the chance.

  207. My favourite thank-you card memory is from a couple of years ago. I went on a crafting kick, and hand-made some Christmas-themed notecards from a beautiful, thick cardstock, and gold embossing powder. It sounds like a pain, but once you have an embossing gun (I never thought I would be the type of person to own an embossing gun, but there you go) it’s surprisingly easy. And once you put in all that work, are you really going to forget to write the thank-you notes?

  208. My parents forced that habit onto me, and I am grateful. Now I try to find creative ways for my little ones to participate in their thank you notes until they are old enough to write them.

  209. I am trying to pick up the habit of writing thank you notes, part of an overall personal charge to practice gratitude. In college, one of my roommates would often leave notes & cards, more so of encouragement than gratitude, but they sure made me feel appreciated, inspired, and loved. I hope to be able to do the same for others. After all, of all the things to be thankful for, friends are on the top of the/my list.

  210. We always followed the rule that if we could thank the person face to face when we got the gift, a thank you card wasn’t necessary. But now I write thank you cards for anything and everything! I love sending cards in the mail. I like to repurpose the cards I receive too as artwork or in scrapbooking, so this is a perfect way to find a new use for the cards!

  211. The most amazing feeling is when students from K-8 cooking classes that I’ve taught share unexpected than you cards with me. They remind me of the power of a simple thank you card.

  212. I write thank you cards to my older relatives, who seem to appreciate it much more than my generation! I always try to stock up on cute, unique notecards, these are beautiful!

  213. I either write and post them right away, or they languish unwritten and unsent. Trying to be in the first category more often!

  214. One of my distant aunts continued to send a little Christmas cash into my college years. I always wrote a note in thanks, but we had barely seen one another since my childhood, and the “thank you for the gift” seemed inadequate to convey how much I appreciated just being remembered. I started writing a long, rambling letter — sometimes preempting Christmas, sometimes so late it had a Valentine’s Day theme — and I told her stories and funny anecdotes about what I’d been up to. We didn’t become penpals, but I heard through the family grapevine that she told everyone about them.

  215. I do try to remember to send thank you cards – I know how an unexpected, mailed, and handwritten thank you card brightens up my day. I know it does the same for others as well.

  216. I always had to write a thank you note within the first 24 to 48 hours after receiving a gift. When I used to complain about having to write them, my mother would remind me that she had to write her thank you notes before she could use her presents as a child. I still enjoy sending and receiving cards in the mail.

  217. My mom insisted on thank you notes, but I’m ashamed to admit that they didn’t really stick. Maybe pretty new note cards would help?

  218. If there is one time in a person’s life when thank you notes are mandatory, it is for wedding presents. My mother still remembers, on occasion, the times when the bride/groom did not write one (three, for the record). Mind you, the offspring of two of these unions are in college. The third marriage only lasted six months, so that story becomes more dramatic every time it is told: Expensive gift! No thank you note! Only one lousy glass of wine, with meager “finger food” at the reception! Your father and I almost starved!

  219. I grew up writing thank you notes. I made my kids do it when they were younger but they’ve lost the habit. I’m encouraging them to resume by announcing that if I don’t get a thank you for any given event (birthday, Christmas, etc) the following gift will reflect the omission of thanks.

  220. I have no recollection of writing thank you notes as a child. As an adult I have a collection of postcards and note cards and I send notes to people at random just to say hello or to thank someone for a gift or an act of kindness. I have two friends who always send thank you notes after having dinner at our house, so I am a regular recipient of their thanks.

    One of my two most continuous card recipients is my stepdaughter whose comment after moving into an apartment after college was that all she got in the mail were bills. She now regularly gets postcards, note cards or mini care packages in the mail. I get thank you messages from her for not forgetting her!

  221. The last thank you note I wrote was to the local doctor in the small town where I am from. I worked in his office for quite some time and I had such a wonderful experience there. He is an older gentleman that rarely approached a computer, so the hand written message meant so much more to him.

  222. Some years ago, after being laid off from a job I loved I landed(finally) an interview with a great company-me and 200 other people! The interviewer was so kind and gracious, I was really moved to write her a thank-you note. Long story short-I got the job. The interviewer later told me I was the only candidate who wrote a note! I’m a believer.

  223. My mom made me write thank-you notes. I make my kids write thank-you notes the way my mom taught me:

    1) a paragraph that thanks the giver for the gift, and says something nice about the gift: I love the color… I’ll use it on my camping trip, I’ll put the money toward my savings for a new bike.
    2) a paragraph that is chatty and fun and has nothing to do with the gift. You want the note to be a friendly letter and not just a duty. More than one of these paragraphs is a loving gesture.
    3) reiteration of your appreciation for the gift.

    Little kids can draw pictures. Younger kids can write sentences instead of paragraphs. Kids should be writing lovely paragraphs at least by 6th grade.

  224. I think that I picked up the habit myself. I definitely make my son send them!
    I love a beautiful set of thank yous.
    Thank you!

  225. I had to write them as a kid, and loved to get them to !!! My Aunt Mill was the best at writing thank you cards and I tried to copy her style !!!

  226. My mom used to make me write thank you notes-but I have continued this. I love to send a note because people truly appreciate it. Also-as a thank you note writer-I notice when I don’t get a thank you! And I am less likely to continue giving gifts when I don’t get a thank you.

  227. I wrote them as a kid. Every. Single. Gift. But now, since I don’t receive many gifts, I have fallen out of the habit. Would love to start it up again with these cards.

  228. I grew up being forced to write them but the habit actually stuck. I am not perfect at it but I do try to send handwritten thank you notes as often as possible. The cards are awesome because they’re punny 🙂 !!!!

  229. I still handwrite thank you notes and have tried to instill it in my children. I read a story that Princess Diana of Wales always wrote a thank you note when she came home from her evening/dinner/ party out… so that way the evening was fresh in her mind and addressed it before she went to bed. I thought that was amazingly organized and I have yet to ever do that.

  230. My parents made us write them for Christmas and birthdays–and I’m ashamed to say that I’m not very good at them any more. Aspirations to do better, though!

  231. I enjoy writing thank you notes. It takes so little time and energy to write a few sentences, and everyone is happy to feel appreciated. Just a couple of sentences can make someone feel a lot better!

  232. I used to be diligent about writing thank you notes but I have to admit I have slacked off in recent years. My MIL used to be such a nag about it that I started to avoid doing them altogether – she never got on my DH about writing thank you notes, only me. I really do need to get back in the habit of writing these.

  233. I’m terrible at sending thank you notes. But I have no problem collecting and storing a huge collection of stationery. I love pretty paper.

  234. My mother always made us write thank you notes and she likes to tell a story about the time my grandmother (a grammar school teacher) sent back my thank you notes with corrections done in red pen. I was upset, humiliated, and hurt, and am convinced this is why I have had a life-long dislike of written correspondence. 🙂 A few years ago, when my son was in kindergarten, she commented on the number of mistakes in his thank you note and said she might have to do what my grandmother did. I could feel myself getting upset at the thought and told her that if she did such a thing, I would never again have my children write a thank you note to her.

    So perhaps that wasn’t the cheeriest of thank you note stories, but it’s one that stuck with me.

    Christine K

  235. My Aunt Doris sends the most lovely thank you notes without fail. They are written with a thoughtful thank you, an update on happenings at home, and kind inquiries. When I send her jars of jam, I am certain I will receive a note from her within a short time.

  236. i wrote thank you cards and letters from a young age. it was the right thing to do. i carried that tradition to my children. i enjoy getting letters and could write more often. has is become a lost art? imho, it’s the small personal touches that really matter! knowing someone has taken the time to write means so much to me. it’s then next best thing to a face to face conversation!

  237. I never was told to write thank you cards as a child – my mom just didn’t do that. It is, however, something I want to be a habit for my children. My oldest daughter is in Kindergarten and I am starting to make her write thank you notes. She’s a big fan of arts-and-crafts, so it is not a chore, but a fun activity. I hope it stays that way!

  238. I love hand written notes, and keep a supply of neat cards to use for the purpose. It’s nice to surprise people with a note when it’s least expected.

  239. I just sent a thank you to my sister for a dinner she had for my brother and I. Getting a thank you or any other card in the mail is still so special.

  240. My parents would have me and my brothers write thank-you notes for everything growing up. We hated it, but whenever I get a thank-you note now, I feel grateful that they taught us to do it. Nowadays it feels special to receive a handwritten note.

  241. My mom always made me write thank you letters but as I grew older I not only continued writing thank you notes (not always in a timely fashion but completed, regardless) but I send more mail than most anyone I know. I believe letter writing is a lost art form that I have been trying to revive for a number of years now through handmade cards with accompanying personalized notes. It’s always great to hear you’ve made someone’s day by simply taking the time to send them snail mail in a day and age where everything revolves around immediacy and the handwritten note, which can take days to receive, becomes something sentimental and special.

  242. I grew up learning to write thank you notes so of course when I had a daughter she also learned from a tiny age to “write” thank you notes too. It started as a drawing or something she picked out to put on a card and then advanced to writing her own words in her own writing. So now, one of my proudest moments is when I hear from someone that they received “the nicest thank you note” from my adult daughter! Life is good, isn’t it? The tradition continues…..

  243. I always send cards to my friends when I change address. It’s a good way to keep them in the loop!! These are lovely .. I might buy a stack anyway!

  244. I have a collection of the often-handmade cards and thank-you notes I sent to my grandmother over the years… She saved them, along with correspondence from other friends and relatives. After she died, my mom sent me a box full of these treasures. They are windows back to my childhood, and sweet, sometimes-funny reminders of events passed.

  245. I always have good intentions to send thank you notes but rarely have the follow through. Maybe I need to buy some cute note cards to inspire me.

  246. One of my strongest ‘thank you’ note memories was when my aunt wrote me a thank you in return for the thank you I wrote her. I think it was for a birthday present and I must’ve been 12 or under. She was so happy to have received my note that she wrote one in return. It certainly worked as positive reinforcement and made me feel good. Thanks, Aunt Kathy!

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