7 Tips for choosing the design of a thank you card

There are thousands of options for thank you cards. There are so many choices that it can feel overwhelming when you need to pick out a card to send to someone. Look for cards that are blank on the inside as you will want to write your own message. Here are 7 tips that will help you make the decision:

7 tips for choosing thank you note card#1: A classic “Thank You” on the front of card will work for all occasions

These are white cards with Thank You written on the front of the card and nothing else. No other design. They may look basic but they will convey “Thank You”.

This is a good choice if you feel overwhelmed with the number of choices. There will still be a choice as the “Thank You” will be in different colors and fonts.

#2: Pick a theme that you like!

The cards may or may not have Thank You on the outside. I love cats. When I send thank you notes, I sometimes use cat themed thank you notes because I enjoy cats. If there is something you really like use it. Now if you know that the recipient hates cats, then probably best to not choose a cat card to send to them.

#3: Pick a theme that the receiver likes!

Purple Flower Note Card

A card my brother sent to me. Most likely chosen because it is purple and I love purple!

My oldest sister loves birds. When I send her a thank you note, a bird themed note would be fine. If you know the receiver well, go with something that you will like. They will appreciate that you chose a card with them in mind. I received a thank you note card from my brother with a purple flower on it. He knows how much I like purple!

#4: Be kind to the color blind

If you are sending a note to someone that is color blind, it is best to stick with a white card and dark ink. This will guarantee that they will be able to read it! I once sent my dad (he is color blind) a thank you note on a purple colored note card. My mom had to read it to him! There was not enough contrast between the color of the paper and the ink for him to be able to see the words. oops!

#5: Choose a design that will become associated with you

Another option is to choose one design that you like very much and use it for every thank you note that you send. If it has a distinctive envelope design people will know it is from you as soon as they see it in their mailbox! If you write thank you notes to your co-workers and they post near their desk, others will know who the thank you note is from just by seeing it.

This options also works if you feel like there are too many choices. Find one that you like and stick with it. This eliminates the time and energy needed to review options in the future.


#6: Choose a card themed for your event

Getting married? Choose a wedding themed thank you note. Having a baby shower? Go with a baby shower theme. Graduating from high school or college? Pick a graduation theme or a card with your school logo.

#7: Pick your favorite color

My favorite color is purple so I tend to favor purple note cards. The purple could be the “Thank You” on a classic thank you card (see Tip 1). Or the actual card may be purple. If you choose your favorite color, but sure to keep Tip 3 in mind!

How do you choose thank-you cards? What tips do you have?

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