When someone has generously given of themselves to us, it is normal to want to express gratitude to that person. You could do this in person by calling on the generous soul or returning a favor. But if you want them to have something tangible or it is not possible to go visit them in person, you send a thank you greeting card.
Thank you greetings are customary in certain occasions. Usually, these are occasions when there are many people who have taken the time and effort to be with us and it would be very difficult to thank them one by one. Weddings and funerals come to mind right away. For weddings, the thank you cards are either placed in the envelopes with the wedding invitation or distributed to the guests at the tables during the reception. In the case of a funeral, they are sent out a few days after the event when the bereaved has had time to recover.
There are many thank you cards at the local card shop or bookstore. They come with a handy partner envelope. Normally, these greeting cards have ready-made messages written inside. These messages tend to be generic and you will have to add the specific reason why you are thanking the person if that is suitable. Some greeting cards do provide blanks for that purpose but it would still seem impersonal if you were just filling the blanks.
Another way of getting these cards is by printing them yourself. You can visit online greeting website and choose the cards you want from their various designs. In some cases, you can even get your card free of charge. Printable greeting cards may come out cheaper and much more personal because you can customize each individual card message before printing. However, this route will require a bigger time investment on your part to enter the thank you greetings and print the cards
Some may say that giving thank you cards is too formal and a practice that is no longer suited for the modern age. These people should try to think back to how they felt when someone said thank you to them. Or maybe the reason they can not appreciate thank you cards is that nobody has ever given them one.
Expressions of gratitude are always appreciated even if that is not shown. You may be surprised how many thank you cards are stored as keepsakes.
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