Don’t Forget the Thank You Notes • Day 12 of 12 Days of Gifts

thank you circle

What?! We’ve come to the end of our 12 days of shopping roundup, and we’ve gotten to every kid’s favorite thing to think about: the thank you note.

It’s true. Most people don’t realize that kids get as excited about writing thank you notes as they do about unwrapping that giant gift with their name on it under the tree.

As if.

Okay, well here are some ways to make thank you notes a bit more fun for kids, because if they don’t send them, everyone will think you are a bad, ungracious, lazy, rude, ignorant, barbaric parent who is raising their kids in a barn.

712WlRNIJ7L._SL1419_A nice calligraphy set would be perfect for those who like to mess around with ink, drawing, doodling, lettering, what have you. And the perfect way to practice calligraphy is by hand-writing all those thank you cards! Sheaffer Calligraphy Maxi Kit

thank you cards

I couldn’t decide which thank you card design to show from Paper Source, so I made a little collage of four of my faves. Have you seen the T.Hanks one before? Ha!

Elf thank you cards,

big old bear on unicycle thank you cards

thank you pinecones,

T.Hanks card

Vintage Christmas rubber stamps

Of course, a cool set of vintage Christmas rubber stamps would always be an incentive for homemade thank you notes.

blank cards and markers
Here are some blank greeting cards and envelopes and metallic Sharpies to use with the stamps for the most gorgeous DIY thank you cards ever, in the history of the world.

free thank you card printable

Pumpkins and Posies designed these lovely free printable thank you cards if you want to go with something a little more neutral.

And if you need a little reminder, or if your kids don’t have their thank you note style down pat yet, I love this short template from Hallmark outlining the structure of an effective thank you note.

If you want to keep things short, simple and lazy, feel free to print out this thank you circle, stick it to your forehead, and email everyone photos…

thank you circle

I’m a little sad this is our last day of gift ideas. Mia and I had fun brainstorming ideas and checking out what each other posted every day. I think there were only 1 or 2 items we both had in our posts! I will definitely be shopping both Mia’s and my posts for people this year. (I guess it’s time start actually shopping. Eek!) And here they are:

Day 1: DIY or Buy Advent Calendars – see Pragmatic Mom’s post on a DIY gratitude Advent calendar.

Day 2: Gifts That Give Back – Mine • Mia’s

Day 3: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids – My post on Gender Neutral gifts • Mia’s post on Gender bending gifts

Day 4: Gifts for Those Impossible to Shop for – My postMia’s post

Day 5: Gifts for Reluctant Artists- My post on Gifts for Reluctant ArtistsMia’s post on Gifts for Reluctant Artists and Gifts for Reluctant Readers

Day 6: Oops, I Did It Again; Worst Gifts Ever – My tacky gifts post • Mia’s post on ugly Christmas sweaters and other terrible gifts

Day 7: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones – My postMia’s post

Day 8: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts- My postMia’s post

Day 9: Gift Ideas for Clients (mine) •Gifts for Those Easily Forgotten (Mia’s post)

Day 10: Gifts for New Year’s Resolutions – my postMia’s post

Day 11: My post: Easy Holiday DIY Gifts • Mia’s post: Giving and Receiving Unwanted Gifts

Day 12: The Art of the Thank You Note- My post and Mia’s post

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. I’m sad that this series is ending too! I love your holiday stampers for thank you cards! That’s a fun way to do TY’s! I will be shopping from your lists as I race to get my Xmas shopping done before Thanksgiving; always my goal but never accomplished!

    I’m glad we both like calligraphy! Let’s do this again next year and yes, I am totally up for a series in February for Valentine’s Day!!!

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