Are you horrible at writing thank you cards when you receive a gift? Do you agonize over the act of writing thank you cards until you finally decide it is too late to send them? As a new mom, you are sure to receive many gifts, meals, or acts of service. In my opinion, thank you cards are a must. They are a classy way to show you appreciate what someone has done for you or given to you.
Now, let me be the first to admit that I can be HORRIBLE at writing thank you cards. I am either on it and have them all written, addressed, and mailed the next day. OR, I put it off for weeks until I finally decide the person would not even remember what I was thanking them for and drop it all together. There have even been times where I write the cards and don’t get postage and the cards never get sent. The thought of cards that have never been sent leaves me feeling so much guilt!
Add a newborn to the mix and thank you cards can be a very daunting task. Not only do you have to write the cards but you have to look up addresses, buy and apply postage, AND take them to the mailbox. Any one of these steps can be a hang up in getting thank yous accomplished. Especially when you are caring for a newborn.
Don’t be that person that NEVER writes thank you cards. There are times where you might forget or life really is overwhelming and stopping you from writing thank yous. We all get that, but TRY to write thank yous in situations where someone has gone out of their way to do something nice for you. It is just a common courtesy.
Now here’s the part that is just as much for me as it is for anyone else. 5 tips on getting thank you notes done in a timely manner.
- Have a bulk stash of thank you cards and stamps on hand at all times. Like I said before, not having supplies on hand is often the reason thank yous are never sent. Stock up on different types of thank you cards and stamps and keep them in a location that you can easily pull one out write it and send it straight away. I also like to keep a stash at work.
- Have a place to keep addresses. If you don’t have an address book either on your computer or in a notebook, take the time to make one, ASAP. Having to ask people for their address multiple times is a.) annoying, and b.) inconvenient. Each time someone sends you something, write their address in your book so you have it for later. It makes all the difference knowing everyone’s address is in one place and you don’t have to go searching for it.
- Set aside time. If you have a lot of thank you cards to write it may help to set aside a chunk of time to write all of them at once. Another way to do it would be to write a few each day. Either way, when writing thank you cards try to write, address and send the cards at the same time. This will ensure that you follow through and accomplish the most important step of actually sending the cards! My favorite thing is to make a nice cup of coffee and sit down at the table to hash them all out at once.
- Divide and conquer. If you have a significant other in the picture, have him help. Sometimes my husband and I each write cards to our side of the family. Other times, one will write the cards while the other addresses them.
- Don’t pressure yourself to get them done right away. In the grand scheme of things, a late thank you is better than no thank you at all. Most likely , the person that gave you a gift did it out of the goodness of their heart. They did it to help you and not to burden you. So, if your thank you notes don’t get done right away, don’t stress. Just get them done when you can.
Having a newborn can be stressful. Worrying about writing thank you notes can add to that stress. My advice is to get them done ASAP in order to relive some of that stress. *One more little tip for family and friends: Insist on the new mama not writing a thank you note for the gift you have given her. That will be a gift in itself. It is a little less pressure to know that you have excused her from writing one thank you note. 🙂
Here are some of my favorite thank you cards to stock up on! 🙂
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