How to write thank you notes for baby gifts
The last time you had a million thank you notes to write all at one time, you were a newlywed with free time. Now you’re a mom with very little free time! Here is a selection of cute thank you note cards to keep on hand to write thank you notes after baby showers and after your baby’s arrival along with simple apps and tips to help you keep your baby gift thank you note checklist organized.
Picking out Cute Thank You Stationery
First, the fun part! Selecting a cute thank you note card can be difficult because there are so many adorable options! The thank you is from me, not the baby, so I like thank you cards personalized with my name or initials. Here are a few personalized thank you note cards from my favorite printing companies to give you some ideas:
Minted has a gorgeous collection of styles and their printing and paper quality are impecable. They really have some talented designers! I love these two designs – both are very sophisticated but not too formal.
I love the preppy collection of flat note cards from Shutterfly, and have ordered them in many styles. They have many choices of personalized note cards – some whimsical, some with photos, and some classic. I love these two classic designs:
I have ordered invitations and thank you note cards from TinyPrints and I have always been impressed. They have very pretty, modern designs, thick paper and great print quality. There are a lot of designs that I love in their collection, but these are two of my favorites:
4. Pear Tree Greetings
Pear Tree Greetings has very artsy designs, and it’s fun to browse their collection. Here are a few of my favorites:
Sample Thank You Note for Baby Gift
I think a personal thank you note is best. Here’s a sample of a baby gift thank you note to give you some inspiration:
Dear Shelley Ann,
Thank you so much for stopping by to visit us! It was so much fun to see you, and we really appreciated the casserole you brought us for dinner. It was delicious! You were so sweet to bring a teething ring for Thomas – it’s so pretty, I have it on display in nursery until the time comes when he needs to use it (and I’m sure you’ll get a call from me asking for advice when he starts teething!) We are so blessed to have friends like you to help celebrate this special time in our life. We hope to see you again soon.
Thank You Note Writing Tips
- Say Thank You: Some people say to not start off with a thank you, but it is what it is: a Thank You note. I think adding personal touches throughout the thank you note will make the person feel special. I disagree with this rule, but if you feel like you need to start off with something other than “thank you”.
- Be specific: Do NOT make it so generic you don’t identify the baby gift! Specifically thank the person for the gift they gave.
- Unless, of course, you can’t remember what they gave. Then thank them for either visiting or taking the time to send you a baby gift to cover it up: “You were so sweet to stop by our house and bring us a baby gift! We enjoyed catching up, and I really appreciated the tips you gave me on a feeding schedule.” or “Thank you so much for sending us a baby gift! We were so excited to hear from you, and really appreciate your thoughtfulness. We are so lucky to have friends like you to surprise us with gifts in the mail! We hope to see you very soon.”
- Include a sentence about how you will use the baby gift. People love to hear that you think their gift is needed, cute, and useful – write a line about little Sally wearing the newborn nightgown the night she came home from the hospital, and the recipient will be thrilled.
- How to write a non-tacky thank you note for a money gift: If they give money or a gift card, and you don’t want to say something tacky like “Thanks for the cash, we will think of you when we spend it” – write something like “Thank you so much for the generous gift from Amazon. We purchased a baby monitor and love it.”
- Wrap it up with something like “We really appreciate your thoughtfulness” or “We are so blessed to have friends/family like you in our lives to celebrate this special time.”
- Are you an overachiever? Include a photo with your thank you note. I love taking pictures, and I tried to get a picture of everyone that visited. I was a total overachiever with thank you notes while I was on maternity leave and printed off photos with our baby with the gift or the person if they visited. That was very impressive, and I still can’t believe I actually did that. It was much appreciated by the people that received them.
Keep Track of your Baby Gifts
The Ancient Method Known as Pen & Paper
When I had a newborn, I had a blackberry instead of an iPhone. Since blackberries don’t have cool apps, I used the ancient method known as pen & paper. I had a notebook that I wrote every random thing down (PS – Mommy Brain is real condition, causing you to forget everything unless you write it down.)
I kept sleeping schedules, feeding schedules, who visited us, gifts people gave us, and little notes each day. It wasn’t anything fancy – just a spiral notebook with a hard cover so I didn’t need a table when I needed to jot something down. This old-school way is probably the best way to keep organized, but of course there are a million cool apps that can help you keep track of everything too! I kept a running list of people that gave us gifts and checked them off when the thank you note was complete.
iPhone & iPad Apps to Keep Your Thank You Note List Organized
1. Evernote: Really not sure how I kept everything in my life organized before I discovered Evernote, and it is one of the apps I use daily. This very simple lives on your iPhone, iPad, computer, and the world wide web and stores anything you can imagine and syncs it automatically just like magic. Lists, notes, meeting notes, baby feedings – store it all in Evernote. Keep track of all of your baby gifts easily with this app – just tag it baby gift and you can even add a check box so you can check it off after you’ve written the thank you note! You can even take a photo of the gift with the note so you will remember what they gave you, and can look it up if you know you’ll run into them at church, school, or a party. Evernote is available for free in the iTunes store.
2. Producteev: This is my favorite project management app and a very easy way to keep track of to do lists – including baby gift thank you notes. You can read my full review and what I use it for daily here. You can create a list with all of the thank you notes, so you’ll know when they gave them and when you’ve written the thank you note. Producteev is available in the iTunes store.
3. Day One: Day One is a fantastic app that I just discovered. It’s a journaling app and a great way to keep the little memories of each day. It has a tagging system, too, so you can take pictures of your little one and record the moments from each day so you can treasure them later – you can even email your journals and turn them into a book. You can also keep track of visitors and baby gifts easily in this app with a tag so you can later write thank you notes. What sets this apart from Evernote is the layout – it’s set up to be a journal, so it’s pretty, and not just a note tracker. Day One is available in the iTunes store.