It is a nice gesture to write a thank you letter for a gift you've received, especially if the gift was unexpected, or especially thoughtful. Here, we have a couple.
Thank you for the gift!
You've received such a great present, you're speechless. And that's not good because you need to write a thank you note! Here: Copy one of the samples below.
Wow! Thank you again so much for the appetizer plates! What a treat. The dishes are beautiful, especially with each plate having a different design. You certainly read my mind. The box they're nestled in will be on display...so the plates are one gift and the box is another.
That was so very thoughtful of you to think of it and organize it with your brother so it could be sent to me for Mother's Day. I think of Paris when I look at the plates and it reminds me of when daddy and I were there enjoying their delicious cheeses and pastries.
Can't wait to use them. Merci!
I wanted to write you a little note to thank you again for the lovely plant you gave to me. It was so incredibly generous of you to give a plant to me for my efforts in organizing the luncheon, especially considering you didn't even get to attend! It really was a great way to get to know the other women on our block and I'm so glad you and your family are a part of our neighborhood. I'm sure there are many more fun times ahead.
Thank you so much for the lovely book! I have it out on our coffee table and everyone stops to browse through it. It's fascinating, and would you believe the cover design even matches our decor? It's perfect in every way.
Thank you again for thinking of me!
Besides having my usual great time at your house, I was introduced to a product I never heard of -- a slide belt! What a cool, attractive and different item. Thank you all for a turning a "lesser" birthday into a memorable one with a present I didn't know I wanted until I got it!
Lots of love to you all,
Dear Mrs. Carba,
You were so thoughtful to get Peter a gift while he's recuperating. He loves that Spiderman spy kit more than you can believe! His best friend was at our house the day the package arrived and they played spies all afternoon. He tries to catch me sneaking into his room with the motion detector and uses the telescope to search for incoming villains. It's been a very fun gift that has made having mono much more bearable.
Thanks so much!
Dear Farrah and John,
We are loving the new towels you bought for us! They're so soft and cozy. I didn't even realize how threadbare our towels were until these arrived. I am looking forward to some luxurious baths once the kids return to school! Thank you!
How in the world did you know I liked chocolate? Ok I guess it's not a big secret, but you managed to get me my absolute favorite kind, and wrapped in a bow so pretty I hated to untie it (but I did). I'm trying to pace myself but it's going quickly!
Thank you for thinking of me! You could not have picked out anything more perfect!
The flowers are gorgeous! I've never gotten flowers at the office before and it was quite a treat! I felt like a queen. Thank you so much for sending them, and for choosing such a beautiful bouquet. You really made my day!
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Thanking your boss for a gift is a thoughtful and polite way to show your gratitude.
There are many occasions when a boss may give you a gift such as for your birthday, new baby, wedding, Christmas or another holiday, welcoming you to the team, work anniversary, or to recognize you in some way, etc.
Note: not all bosses are gift givers so don't feel bad if you came across this post and your boss has never given you a gift.
I have not received any gifts recently from a boss. My current boss gave me a kitty teapot since I like cats when I joined his team (There is a picture of it in the examples below). It resides on my desk at the office. Technically, it was a re-gift as he had given it to another co-worker who didn't want it anymore. A prior boss would bring back Mi-Cho-Ko candies when he traveled to Paris.
In some of the examples below, I used gifts that my friends have received from their bosses for inspiration. But first, here are some tips:
Tip #1: To make your note better be specific in your note. By this I mean, in the note say what you are thanking the boss for.
Tip #2: If the gift was personalized, such as a mug, pen, stationery, etc. be sure to mention the personalization.
Tip #3: Your note can include a compliment of your boss, if you want to, and don’t go over the top. And don’t say it if you don’t mean it. So don’t say “you're a great boss” if you don’t mean it. No lying to impress.
Tip #4: The tone of the note can be funny if your boss appreciates the humor.
Tip #5: Now, for money, it will depend on why the boss gave it too. Usually, when thanking the money giver, I recommend sharing what you did or plan to do with to do with the money. But that will depend on the relationship you have with your boss. If your boss is also a friend, you may want to share. But if not or you don't want to, it's okay not to share the details of how the cash was used with the boss. Please read the How to write a thank you note for money for examples of thanking your boss for cash without saying what you did with it.
Your boss is a person like you but with a different job title. Thank him or her just like anyone else. Hopefully, your boss is not an intimidating person.
The examples following the template are in sections based on the occasions. The table of contents can be used to jump to specific occasions.
Replace words in [brackets] as needed. For more help with the full layout of a thank-you note see this cheat sheet or read over thesehttps://tonsofthanks.com/write-thank-note-5-easy-steps/. The examples will include only the center section of the note.
Dear Boss's Name
Thank you for the [the gift] for [occasion]. The [item] is [compliment the gift or why you like it/find it useful]. Add another sentence or two with a team or boss compliment (Optional).
Thanks again (or another closing),
Thank you for recognizing my 5 year work anniversary with a gift to [restaurant name]. Having dinner there was a treat for my family. The kids loved the fancy steaks too.
I was amazed by the monogrammed pen that you gave me along with the employee of the month award. Writing with it is a delight. You are generous and thoughtful.
You're a great boss! I am so excited about the FitBit you gave me for my 10th anniversary. I've already used to track 10,000 steps and can see that I walked more than you last week! Thank you for this fun gift.
The $500 gift card to Amazon for the employee of the month award is awesome! Thank you! I look forward to spending it very soon on some stuff for me and some things for my cats. Thank you for nominating me for the award.
The framed 20-year anniversary certificate was thoughtful. It looks nice on the wall in my office. I also appreciate the gift card to [your favorite store] and to [your favorite restaurant]. I will enjoy treating myself! Thank you!
Thank you note card available on Amazon (click image)
Thank you for the scratch-off lottery tickets! They were fun for my birthday. I didn't win big, so I'll still be coming to work!
I am excited to get a massage soon. Thank you for giving me a gift certificate to [name of massage place] for my birthday. I am looking forward to relaxing during it. What a thoughtful gift!
Thank you for the personalized mug for my birthday! Having a picture of my cats on the mug is neat. I was surprised! I love it.
I appreciate the gift card to [favorite store] very much. As you know, I love shopping there and will redeem it very soon. Thank you for remembering my birthday.
Working on your team is fun! You are very kind to remember everyone’s birthday and get us each a gift. Thank you for the box of candy this year!
Thank you for the kitty teapot when I joined your team. The eyes are kind of creepy and remind me of a doll. I washed it in the dishwasher, and now it stinks, so I will not be bringing it to the team meetings with tea in it. The white elephant to re-gift story behind it is priceless. And, it's become a conversation piece on my desk. Thank you for thinking of me when Adam decided he no longer wanted the kitty teapot. It does bring a bit of enjoyment to my day when I work at the office.
The kitty teapot
The personalized stationery is excellent. Thank you for welcoming me to the team. I look forward to handwriting notes to new and current clients. I bet they will be surprised to get a note in the mail.
I was astonished to find the pen with my name on it on my desk when I started. [Teammate name] let me know that you do this for all new people. Thank you for welcoming me to the team.
Thank for the team lunch on my first day! It helped me to meet people on the team. I look forward to working with you and everyone else.
The fruit basket on my desk when I arrived on my first day was thoughtful. I can see you remembered from my interview that I love fresh fruit. You are off to a great start as my boss!
Thank you for the warm welcome to your team. I appreciated the beautiful card and box of my favorite candy which I bet [Name of the former boss] told you about my preferences. It made my day and the transition to your team a bit easier!
Thank you cards available on Amazon. Click the image to buy!
Note: substitute Christmas as needed for your note. ex. Easter, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving
Related: Tips and examples for Christmas thank-you notes
As you know, I love writing notes to people. Thank you for the Christmas gift of personalized stationery. It's beautiful, and I look forward to using it to write many thank-you notes.
The gift card to [favorite restaurant] for Christmas was wonderful. [Spouse name] and I enjoyed an amazing dinner on New Year’s Eve. It was so nice to have a night out on you.
Thank you for the Christmas fruit basket. I am so happy that you remembered that I prefer fruit to candy. I hope you and your family have a wonderful vacation in Disneyland. See you next year at the office!
The free day off before the holiday was very generous of you. My family appreciated that we could leave for our trip a day early which helped us avoid some traffic. We had a fantastic week with my parents. Thank you for being a great boss!
Related: Thank you note examples for wedding gifts
Thank you for coming to my wedding! I enjoyed meeting your [wife/husband/partner]. The flannel sheets are soft, and we look forward to using them this winter.
Ted and I are sorry that you were not able to make it to our wedding. Thank you for sending us a check in the mail. We are saving it towards a down payment on the house we plan to purchase. I will show you pictures when I am back in the office.
Thank you for sharing our wedding day with us. Also, thank you for your generous gift to [store name]. We haven't used it just yet, but it will be beneficial once we settle into the new apartment.
We appreciate your wedding gift! The amount you give to use was very generous. [Spouse name] was so excited to meet you at the reception as I've been telling him how great of a boss you are.
The gift card to the pet store was an amusing and unexpected wedding gift! Thank you for sending it to us. We had fun getting a new cat tower and toys for the cats.
Related: Thank you notes after baby examples
Thank you for the cute baby clothes for [baby's name]. It was nice of you to think of me while I am on maternity leave. [Baby's name] is growing so fast. See you in a few weeks when I return to work.
My wife and I love the baby swing and [baby’s name] likes it too. It helps him fall asleep. Thank you for the gift.
We appreciate all of the baby supplies form you and your wife! The card was touching too. We are becoming pros at changing diapers. And thank you for giving me two weeks off from work. That was very generous of you.
Thank you for the baby blankets. They are very soft and comforting. The onesies with cat pictures are cute too. You are a great boss too!
The gift card to [store name] was great! Thank you for the generous amount. We used it for diapers and formula. I look forward to sharing new baby stories with you when I return to the office.
Related:Thank you note for flowers template
Thank you for the beautiful flowers. They brighten up my cube. It was so nice of you to think of me while I was having a rough time of it recently.
The vase full of [your favorite flower] made my day! They were a nice surprise for my birthday, especially since I decided not to take the day off. They will look great on my desk for weeks!
I appreciate the fantastic flowers for winning the big contract! They smell great and will be a reminder of the success! Thank you for recognizing my efforts.
Thank for the purple roses. It's fun to have them on my desk when people come in as purple is an unusual color for roses. They were a conversation piece when people are waiting for appointments. Thanks again!
The flowers for when my sister-in-law passed away were lovely. I appreciate that you thought of my family and me while I was out. You are a thoughtful, kind, and generous boss. Also, thank you for the extra bereavement day.
Thank you note card available on Amazon. Click image to buy!
I love the shirt from [vacation location] that you got for me while you were on vacation. Thank you for thinking of me. I enjoy working for you.
The fudge from Mackinaw Island is the best! Thank you for bringing me some back from your recent trip. I will savor every bite!
Thank you for the candy from your recent trip. It was a sweet treat. Thank you for thinking of me while you were away!
The mug from [vacation location] looks great on my desk! The sunset is beautiful. I hope to visit a beach like that one someday. Thank you!
The sweatshirt from Hawaii is so warm and cozy. I love it! I will wear it in the office when I feel cold. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
What have you received from your boss as a gift?
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Receiving a gift is normally due to a special occasion or to show appreciation for the individual. When you issue your thanks for the gift, be sure to be specific about why you think the gift was great and describe how you felt when you received it. Share something positive with the person and give them a show of appreciation for their generosity and time. You can write a short or longer message depending upon your specific relationship with the gift giver and what you may deem as more appropriate. A combination of thank you messages for gifts are listed below to help encourage your inspiration of words to share.
How in the world did you know exactly what I needed yet never asked you to give me?
I am continuously surprised by your ability to outdo yourself with gifts. You are amazing.
I am extremely grateful to you for the gift that you have sent me. It totally made my day. Thank you.
I appreciate your gift giving skills. I am sure that you get a lot of practice being as generous as you are.
I love gifts, but of all the gifts I received, I loved yours the most. Thank you so much.
I really appreciate your gesture of sending me this lovely gift. Thank you so much.
I wish to give you so much more than just a thank you note for the beautiful gift you gave me. I absolutely love it. But as for now thank you.
It was ever so thoughtful of you to send me this lovely gift. You have no idea how happy I am after receiving it. Thank you.
It was so thoughtful of you to send me such a meaningful gift. Thank you my dear.
I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you, my heart has no bottom.
Just wanted you to know that I really appreciate all the trouble you took to get me such a wonderful gift. Thanks a ton.
Many sincere thanks go to you for such a thoughtful gift. I can tell that you truly enjoy giving to others.
Thank you does not seem enough. Thank you a million times over.
Thank you ever so much for the thoughtful present.
Thank you for having such great taste when picking a birthday present. The [gift] was cool and I am sure I will get a lot of use from it. I am thankful for such a great friend. I am looking forward to hanging out with you next week.
Thank you for showering me with gifts for the baby. I am looking forward to using all my gifts, especially yours.
Thank you for the thoughtful present.
Thank you so much for sending me such a lovely and meaningful gift on this special day. Your gift made today even more special. Thanks a ton again.
Thanks again for the thoughtful gift.
Thanks for being the type of person who picks out excellent gifts for me.
Thanks for celebrating my birthday with me. I love the gift you got me.
Thanks you for supporting us in our celebration. We really appreciate your generous gift.
The gift must have been wrapped in silver paper, but the gift inside is a glittery packing shone even more. Thank you for the amazing gift.
We are really excited to have friends as thoughtful as you. Thanks for the gift.
We are so grateful for the lovely gift. We will treasure it forever.
We love our beautiful new gift and we cannot thank you enough for your thoughtfulness.
We love the beautiful gift you got for us.
We love the gift, thank you so much.
You just could not have picked for me a gift that was more perfect than the one you picked. Thank you so much for the lovely gift.
You made my birthday a special day. Thanks for your thoughtful gift.
Your kind gift is a treasured keepsake.
Some of the best presents received typically come from a higher price tag while the worst presents are items such as a bag of potatoes or butter melter. Regardless of the level of extravagance in a gift, the below infographic outlines the common facts and figures associated with gift happiness.
Sample letters to thank someone for a gift. Guide to Write Your Letter. Sample Letter #1. Copied! Thank you very much for the tickets to the hockey game.
I am a big advocate of thank-you notes, as people will always think better of you for saying thank you properly. We can all send a WhatsApp message, but it is not the same as sitting down, putting pen to paper, getting a first-class stamp and sending it off in the post. That will mean a lot more to a person than something that gets lost in the digital noise.
You should send your thank-you note as soon as possible after the event has taken place, or after you have received your gift. Christmas is the only occasion where you have a week or so to respond, since everyone is so busy. Princess Diana supposedly started her thank-you letters before the event – it meant she never forgot.
Don’t start with “thank you”, though: it is prosaic and predictable. Start with something personal about the experience or gift, then go on to the thank you. The more hospitality you have received, the longer the message should be. Try to make sure the stationery is fairly nice; some people use postcard-sized correspondence cards, so their notes are only a couple of lines long. If you are using paper, go for A5 and write a maximum of two separate pieces of paper. Never write on the back.
I would send a gift in advance if I were going somewhere, or bring it with me and then follow it up afterwards with a note. If they have gone completely out of their way, you can send two gifts – no one is going to stop you.
William Hanson, an etiquette expert and the co-host of the podcast Help I Sexted My Boss, was speaking to Ammar Kalia
Writing thank you notes for (the) Christmas gifts you received. If you're feeling tempted to make an informal resolution to procrastinate indefinitely on this task.