Hand write a personalized note expressing your thanks for the specific item or action. Be descriptive in the card while showcasing your personality through humor, sincerity or your own phrases and tone. Avoid going off-topic with unrelated rambling.
The goal of the thank-you card is to show appreciation to the recipient. Keep this in mind as you word the personalized note in the card. Read the message already printed on the card so you can build off of what it says.
The personalization in what you write makes the recipient feel special. Name the item or gesture you received from the person to show attention to detail. While specifics add to the personalization, avoid mentioning the specific amount if the thank-you note is for money.
In addition to mentioning the specific item, create a personalized letter by telling the person how you plan to use the item or how the gesture helped you. You might say, "I plan to use the money to buy textbooks for my classes next semester," or, "The personalized door hanger already looks great hanging on the front door." An example for a gesture is, "Your help mowing the lawn while I recovered from surgery was such a blessing and a relief."
Avoid the temptation to exaggerate or go overboard with your thanks. While everyone wants to feel appreciated, the recipient may pick up on exaggerated compliments.