How To Write Belated Thank You Notes

Posted on August 24, 2016

You probably know that I’m all about the hand-written thank you note

But what happens when you received a gift a few weeks/months back and you still haven’t written the thank you note? Do you muster up the courage to write the note super late or do you just ignore the situation and hope your lack of thank you note goes unnoticed? Here are a few tips on how to handle that dreaded belated thank you note:

  1. Write the note. I suggest that you always write the thank you note instead of ignoring the situation. You don’t want to be the person who didn’t write the thank you note or the person who was “ungrateful”.
  2. Acknowledge the tardiness. Start the note by saying, “I know this is a very belated note, but I wanted to make sure I wrote to you and expressed how much I loved your gift” (or something of that nature).
  3. Keep it positive. Don’t worry too much about the fact that the card is belated. Keep the note brief, upbeat, and grateful. Thank you notes only need to be 5-7 sentences.
  4. Reference the gift. Since your note is so late, make sure you reference the gift and how much you love it, used it, or continue to use it today.
  5. Mail it. Don’t just hand this note to someone, send it to them. It will feel more authentic that way and like you put more into it.

8 comments
danathexclass
danathexclass

Lauren, been following your blog for a while now and wanted to give you props for this post! There's always value in acknowledging someone's kind gesture, and it keeps the goodwill going around.


Cheers,


Dana

Success Writer

www.thexclass.com

melstar
melstar

so guilty of tardiness when it comes to TY's .. great advice!

LauraMonroe1
LauraMonroe1

A late thank you note is better than no thank you note! Great tips to keep in mind. 

JanetJLee
JanetJLee

When it comes to writing cards, I blank out. These tips really helped! 

HannaHandler
HannaHandler

I'm so glad you addressed this topic...it is always encouraged for people to write thank you notes as early and immediately as possible, but it is rarely discussed what to do if you procrastinate writing those notes. These are great tips to deal with those situations!