How to write a thank you note for graduation gifts

One of the most useful tips for writing thank you notes is also the most welcome: Keep it short.

No need to write a letter, address the weather or express interest in your recipient’s life if you don’t care to — just say thanks. Being specific is great, but better to mention the gift and thank your benefactor for the thought behind it.

It’s the time of year for graduation gifts, and I’m the nag behind my Adored stepson’s thank-you notes (or perhaps, lack thereof — time will tell). If you’re among his generation trolling the internet looking for a gratitude template for graduation cash, try this:

Dear [name — a person’s name is music to one’s ears],

You were so thoughtful and kind to remember me on my graduation. Thanks for the cash. I promise I will spend it well, perhaps on [be specific — “pizzas at school next fall,” “fixing up my car,” “clothes for college”]. I appreciate it and you.


[your name]


One response to “How to write a thank you note for graduation gifts

  1. My husband and I are driving through some desolate North Dakota landscape and I’m pondering the many thank-you’s we have to write from our recent reception. Our pattern has been to thank then for their generosity and to mention we’ll be using the money for–we’re going to save up for down payment on a house. ❤

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