How to send genuine, thoughtful Thank You cards

I have to confess, I’m the worst when it comes to being thoughtful. It’s not that I mean to be, I just get easily distracted and before I know it, I’ve stepped on somebody’s toes.

So this year, I’ve committed (with promised help from the Mrs.) to send thank-you cards to the people who really helped to make Christmas special this year. So here are a few quick tips I’m using to help make sure my special thank you cards are thoughtful and personalized.

Tell them what their gift means to you. For example, my Grandmother sends my wife and me a personalized ornament the week before Christmas each year. It always has something to do with our most important life event of the previous year. Now I have a tree that’s filled with special ornaments and putting them up is one of my favorite parts of Christmas.

Send a picture. If they didn’t get to see you open the present, send them a photo of you using it or opening it. It’s thoughtful and you don't have to rack your brain for nice things to say! (Note: Don't simply tag them on Facebook and leave it at that. It means much more to send them a photo in your card).

Add a Christmas return address label. It’s festive, makes your cards (and you) look extra sharp, and saves you from having to write your address over and over. That’s a win-win-win solution.

Seal it with a Thank You label. From the second they go to open the card, they will know you want to thank them for their kindness. It’s the perfect finishing touch!

In our fast-paced world, it means more now than ever before to stop and say thank you. Make sure that you let your friends and family know just how grateful you are for what they do this Christmas and you’ll be sure to end the holiday season right.