How should someone say thank you for a monetary gift?


Quick Answer

Someone who is saying thank you for a monetary gift should acknowledge the money, without mentioning the amount. For example, they should say "Dear Aunt Jude, thank you for your generous gift."

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Full Answer

In addition to acknowledging the money, people saying thank you for a monetary gift may wish to:

  • Detail how they wish to spend the money. For example, write "Your gift is going to make a valuable contribution to my vacation fund this year."
  • Close with, "I look forward to seeing you again soon." Other ways to acknowledge the time include writing, '"It was lovely seeing you at my birthday party."
  • Acknowledge the giver directly. For example, "Dear Uncle Bob."
  • Keep the message concise. People who want to talk to the gift giver a little more should consider calling them or writing an email. Thank you cards, however, are not the right place for a lengthy message.
  • End the card with an appropriate salutation. For family members, this may mean "love from" whereas others may prefer "best wishes."
  • If the gift came from two people and they are not part of a couple, it is polite to write a separate card for each of them.
  • If the gift comes from a collective of people, such as coworkers, consider writing a card to them collectively, but send it to a place where they are all likely to see it.
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