‘Tis the Season to be Thankful!

Guest post by Oh My Goodness Gracious friend Sarah Marie Powell!

This is an important post, folks! You’ll thank me in the end! We are now fully submerged in the most beautiful of seasons. If you’re a procrastinator (like me), the beauty may be lost on you at this point, but it will show itself soon enough! During this hectic time of decorating, baking, caroling, gifting, and getting, it’s important to remember how blessed we all are to have these “first world problems.” It’s important to say thanks.

Way back when, handwritten thank-you notes were borderline required upon receiving a gift. Certainly, they were expected. Nowadays, our selfish generation (okay, my selfish generation) has completely forgotten how cherished these simple notes can be. This holiday season, I charge you to take the time to write a note or two. I promise it isn’t so hard to do. To make the painstaking process easier, I’ve written a formula. Feel free to use and share it. I’m sure I’ll be famous for it one day….

Make it special…

  • If someone gives you stationery as a gift, write your note on a piece of it.
  • Include a photo, if appropriate. Example: My boyfriend’s aunt and uncle always let the two of us use their home as a hotel when we travel to Tampa. When I send their note, I like to include pictures of our trip.
  • Fit your stationery to the gift received. Example: If someone gave you tickets to an athletic event, use team-specific notes!

There are also situations that probably don’t require a full thank-you note but still beg for some sort of thanks. Find creative ways to say thank you, like (but not limited to!) these:

  • Scenario 1:A co-worker surprised you this morning with a treat from Starbucks.
    • When you finish the drink, write a quick note on the cardboard sleeve, and put it on his/her desk!
  • Scenario 2: A friend/family member sends you a Christmas/holiday card
    • Shoot them an email, IM them, tweet about it, or post a note on their Facebook wall!
  • Scenario 3: A friend whisks you away from your overflowing to-do list for drinks/dinner.
    • Tweet, Instagram, or “mupload” a photo to Facebook, publicly proclaiming how thankful you are for him/her!

Finally, I can’t do an OMGG blog post without referencing my beloved Emily Post. Here are some thank-you tips from the 18th edition of Etiquette:

Oh My Goodness Goodies: Superb Stationery Sources

  • Kate Spade: Her “All Occasion” note set (available via Papyrus) is a great staple to ensure you’re never at a loss for words.
  • Traylor Papers is a treasure for personalization addicts. Be sure to check out the Kids section for fantastic fill-in-the-blank options!
  • Snapfish is a one-stop-shop for incorporating photos into your stationery library. This extra step of personalization is a great addition to notes sent from the entire family!
  • May Designs is my new favorite. My dear friends, Helen and Charlie, recently surprised me with a pack of notes, and I simply can’t get enough!
  • Be sure to check out local paper/gift shops for fun ideas, too!





Feeling a Little Punchy? Grab an Address Stamp.

It’s 1 a.m., and you’ve barely put a dent in that list of thank you notes from your wedding, shower or (insert celebratory occasion). Your normally neat handwriting is starting to look fatigued, you can’t remember which note you just sealed, and your significant other – who volunteered to help – is now asleep on the couch.

Sound familiar? First, get some rest and resume tomorrow (Ha! Easier said than done.). Then, invest in a self-inking address stamp. Not only will these handy gizmos cut down on repetitive writing when you have multiple messages to share, but they’ll give your notes a polished and customized feel. I love a good address label, but this purchase will definitely take your penny farther.

After some pretty extensive online research, including browsing page after page of the adorable-but-overwhelming stamps on Etsy, I’ve settled on a favorite product by You’ll find this site has quite a variety of options, from modern to traditional – they are well designed and self-inking. Warning: potential to spend hours at!

Three Designing Women makes another great product. Visit their website for the nearest retailer. The self-inking feature is key in the convenience factor.

Of course, the content of the note is more important than its appearance, but a pretty stamp will make an impression…in more ways than one. {Enjoyed stamping these hand-dipped cards Brandi taught me how to create. Thanks, B!}

Customized stamps also make great gifts for newly married couples or new home owners. Happy stamping!