How to Write a Great Graduation Gift 'Thank You' Note

How to Write a Great Graduation Gift 'Thank You' Note

Sending formal thank you notes for graduation gifts can seem like a daunting task. However, it can be a simple and straightforward process by following a few quick tips.

Who should you send thank you notes to?

There are numerous ways that friends and family show up to show some love during graduation. How do you know if a gesture should be acknowledged through a thank you note?

Below are some categories of gifts, gestures and recipients that you might want to include on your list:
  • Tangible gifts
  • Money or gift cards
  • Attending your graduation
  • Helping with your graduation ceremony, party, photos, etc.
  • Your parents, guardians or caregivers for supporting you through your academic career

What should your write in your thank you notes?

Let’s get down to brass tacks. Below is a foolproof formula for the perfect thank you note:
  1. Address the recipient by name
  2. Acknowledge the gift specifically
  3. Elaborate on why you like the gift and/or how you will use it
  4. Make a personal connection with the recipient and express your gratitude
  5. End with another expression of gratitude or affection

Pro tips for the perfect thank you note


It’s important that you send your thank you cards out as soon as you can. Aim to have them in the mail no later than three months after graduation.

Elaborate with adjectives

Adding a little bit of extra description about the gift can let your recipient know just how much it means to you. Try incorporating adjectives like thoughtful, heartwarming, unique, generous, gorgeous, much-needed or fabulous.

Double check the details

With a lot of cards to write, it’s easy to get mixed up. Make sure you write down who sent which gift and the correct spelling of recipients’ names.

Sound like yourself

While writing thank you notes can feel like a formal gesture, especially in this day and age, there is no need to make yourself sound like a different person from a different era. Feel free to address the recipient the way you normally would in your interactions with them. Including a pet name or a reference to an inside joke, where appropriate, can personalize your note.

The love and support from friends and family can be one of the most meaningful and heartwarming parts of graduation. By keeping these tips and tricks in mind, your thank you notes are sure to let your loved ones know just how much they’re appreciated.
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