9 Fun Ways to Say Thank You

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Now that Christmas is over, it is time to say “Thank You” for all the gifts you and your family received this year. Teaching our children to have thankful hearts is something that can start at a very young age. And it isn’t such a bad habit to get into ourselves!

So before the new year gets into full swing, take some time to implement one or a few of these easy and fun ways to say thank you.

(P.S. At the end of this post, there’s a free printable for your kids to use!)

9 Super Easy and Fun Ways to Say Thank You This Year

  1. Write “Thank You!” on a piece of paper and take a picture (either of yourself or of the kids holding the sign if the thank you is from them.) With cameras on our phones, this task is made even more simple.
  1. Make a phone call. It’s right up there with writing a thank you card in terms of being old-fashioned, but hearing someone verbally say thank you goes a long way. Especially if you can get your kids to squeak out a thank you before they run away.
  1. Make a card from baby (or kid) art. This craft is so easy and uses up those pages of scribbles (and artwork) you already have lying around. And it is really cute too!
  1. Skype or FaceTime. There are more apps that use video chat but you get the idea. Set up a video chat with the person you’d like to thank and have a fun conversation. If you have small kids, bring out the playdough or a quiet activity that they really like if you want them to sit on your lap for more than two seconds. If they are a little older, let them know beforehand that you’re going to call Nana and say thank you.
  1. Take a picture of the item being used. A picture of the book being read, the shirt being worn, or the journal being drawn in means so much more than a quick thank you. It also helps alleviate the fear in the giver’s heart that their gift wasn’t appreciated.
  1. Make a fill-in-the-blank thank you card for your kids to write in. I love receiving these from my nieces and nephew. They write in the item we bought (or made) for them and then sign their name. Simple and sweet, and I get their cute handwriting. Sigh.
  1. Make a photo book. We did this for our wedding to say thank you to our moms for their love and help. This also works to say thank you if your mom or friend went the extra distance after you had a baby. (They will love a mini-book of photos of the new baby. And don’t kill yourself here; the pictures don’t need to be from a photo-shoot!)
  1. Make a treat to say thank you. A dozen cookies goes a long way to say, “I appreciate what you did for me.” If the person isn’t a treat person, think of something that will encourage them—maybe it is a gift card for a cup of coffee or a book you know they’d like.
  1. Draw out your thank you with pictures. Of course, this is my personal favorite. Why say, “Thank you” when you can draw little stick figures of yourself wearing that new scarf or skiing down the mountain with new ski gear? If anything, it will make the other person smile and laugh (if your artwork is anything as fancy as mine.)

Saying, “Thank you” doesn’t have to be a boring and frustrating endeavor. Even though we live in a fast-paced society, people really do appreciate and love hearing that you liked what they bought or made for you. And as I said earlier, if you have kids, this is a heart-lesson that is best learned as early as possible.

What is your favorite way to say, “Thank you”?

Below is a free fill-in-the-blank card for kids that I created for you.  Either click below on the download button to print or go up to my Download tab and find the Thank You printable to print from there. Please note that this PDF is for personal use only.

P.S. If you like this tutorial, you’re going to LOVE my resource, The {10 Minute} Letter-writing Retreat. It’s packed with tutorials (like this one!), prompts, and printable stationery. Learn more about it here.

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22 thoughts on “9 Fun Ways to Say Thank You

  1. Thanks for these great ideas. Asking my 6 year old son to write thank you cards was too much after the holidays – it was like pulling teeth! We ended up taking photos of him using his gifts and sending a text. I wasn’t sure if people would appreciate that style of thank you, but it was that or nothing!

  2. One of my daughter’s teachers took a picture of the gift we had given her, proudly displayed on her coffee table. This was such a sincere and thoughtful way of expressing her thanks and it made us feel wonderful to know she enjoyed the gift. Great suggestion!

    1. That is so sweet! I agree, actually seeing the person using what you bought them makes you feel so happy. :)

  3. Thanks of for the gentle reminder and creative ideas. As a mom of four teens, sometimes I get so caught up in busy that I quickly let them resort to a phone call. I really need to take a little extra time encourage them to show gratitude a little more thoughtfully.

    1. You’re so welcome. And thanks for the thoughtful comment–I think it’s easy for all of us to resort to the quick call so you are not alone, believe me! Still it is nice to receive a little card or something. :) Thank you so much for stopping by.

  4. All the social media we have now a days makes it so easy to take and send a quick photo of a present in use, but a card/letter or call is extra special too.

  5. Great suggestions for sending thank-yous. I really like the photo book idea. You’re right, the photos don’t need to be professional. There’s an app (the name escapes me) that you can subscribe to and then download your photos from your phone into a small photo box. I’m going to make one of my pups. :) Have a great day!

  6. Ooh! This is on my list of activities since I homeschool my children. They love writing thank you cards. Maybe a little bit more creative this time, they were really blessed this Christmas!

    1. Yay! Their cards will be such an encouragement! I love getting cards from the kids in my family. Have a great day! :)

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