The Handwritten Note

Posted on July 11, 2019 by Allison Loftus | 36 Comments

One item that has remained in the VelvetCrate rotation are notecards. We love notecards! Notecards are a life essential to always have around because you never know when you’ll need to write a just because note--especially a handwritten note.

According to the Emily Post Institute, “Handwritten notes are warmer and more special than other forms of thank yous. The rule of thumb is that you should send a written note any time you receive a gift (even a ‘thank you’ gift) and the giver wasn’t there to be thanked in person.”

We at VC agree! But because we like notes so much--don’t stop at Thank You.

Here are a few of our most favorite reasons to send a note and what to write if you’re at a loss for words.

FIRST HOME - A roof overhead is necessary (not to mention expensive) and first time homebuyers have a special naivety about the investment. Highlight it in your note.

Congratulations John and Jane! Your new home will be the scene of so many of life’s memories, including the one where you realize how expensive roofs actually are! Enjoy settling in, we look forward to seeing what you’ve done with the place.  

A PET TAKES THE ETERNAL NAP - No sympathy note is easy to write, especially one about an unconditionally-loving pet. Keep it short and reference a fond memory.

Jane, I am so sorry about the loss of Mr. Squishy - I know how much he meant to you. I’ll never forget the time we dressed him up for Halloween as a unicorn and passed out dog treats to the kids! His spirit will live on.

A CAREER MILESTONE - Regardless of what kind of milestone (new job, promotion, etc.) it’s propre to acknowledge and congratulate others’ achievements, even if it makes them laugh.

John, way to go on the promotion to director. I always knew you had a keen ability to direct! Looking forward to seeing the ladders you’ll climb in this new role.

A NEW BABY - This one seems easy, but more than anything parents want to know that you actually care.

Welcome baby Sarah! We are so excited for you everyone--it has been a joy to see your family grow over the years. Since we’re just across town, don’t hesitate to let us watch the older kiddos while you recuperate. Here’s to many more memories together.


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