Thank you for the meals or flowers while sick, after surgery or hospital stay. When you or a family member has been sick, hospitalized, or had surgery, meals or.
by Dana Giusti
You’ve just returned home after spending a wonderful time at a fabulous FlipKey rental. You want to express your gratitude, but you’re unsure of how to best articulate it. What to do?
It’s always a great idea to send a thank-you note to show appreciation for being included in the trip. Here are a few different thank-you ideas for a variety of situations:
It’s best to send a warm yet formal note to people you’re building a relationship with, such as new in-laws or co-workers. Begin by mentioning how much you appreciate having been included in their special trip, as well as your enthusiasm in getting to know them better. It’s also a good idea to include specific details about what you enjoyed about the vacation. Be sure to restate your gratitude in the closing lines.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith,
Thank you very much for including me in your trip to Keystone. It was wonderful having the opportunity to get to know each other better. I know Mr. Smith and I will be rooting for the Yankees together come springtime!
I’d also like to mention how you couldn’t have picked a better condo rental – how amazing was the living room fireplace? I loved sitting by the fire with my mug of hot chocolate each night after dinner.
Again, thank you very much. John and I are looking forward to creating many more memories with you both.
You can be a little less formal in a thank-you to your own family members. Focus on your appreciation for the opportunity to strengthen familial bonds.
Dear Aunt Kate,
Thank you for having Tom, the kids, and myself at your Lakeview condo. It was so nice bringing the family together at such a beautiful location. I know the children will cherish the memories we created. Cindy is already asking when we can return so she can build more sand castles with you!
Thank you again for having us. I look forward to planning more get-togethers in the near future.
Again, you can be less formal in a note to a close friend. It’s always nice to emphasize your gratitude for everyone coming together despite obstacles like busy schedules and different locations.
Thank you for organizing the weekend getaway at your Poconos cabin. What a great idea to get the gang together for skiing, sledding, and wine-tasting! It’s so great that everyone was excited to take time out to get together and hang out, just like the old days.
Thanks again for bringing us all together again. It would be amazing if we could make this an annual event.
All the Best,
The recipient will appreciate the time you took to write a personal note. Who knows—it may even guarantee another invite!
Dana is a contributing writer for Flipkey.com.
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Thank you for not choosing to stay. Cause I know, if you didn't leave, I'll never let you go. Thank you for not choosing to stay. It became easier for me.
THE BEST MEMORIES of my recent trip to Ecuador come from the family in Quito that graciously opened their home to me.
After nearly two months of traveling, home-cooked meals and real beds with clean sheets were just what I needed. Plus, my host-family had lived in Quito for decades and were eager to share their city with me.
I had a deeper travel experience from watching how they lived, and I learned a lot about the city that you won’t find in guidebooks.
Staying with a host family can be such a great experience, it’s hard to know how to thank your hosts properly.
When you thank someone for letting you stay with them, make it more than a gesture. Staying in someone’s home while traveling can give you an intimate glimpse into how others live. Let them know how much it meant to you.
1. Earn Your Keep
Doing a few chores around the house or offering to do some of the cooking will always be appreciated.
Play to your strengths. If you’re a bit of a handyman, offer to fix their leaking faucet. If you’re tech-savvy, have a look at their aging computer.
Don’t make it too obvious, or your host will probably feel bad that their guest is doing housework. Be casual about it, don’t let them think of it as payment – and don’t break anything!
2. Quid Pro Quo
Return the favor by inviting your hosts to stay with you the next time they visit your part of the world. Make sure you leave them contact information that will still be good in a few years.
Then, if they do show up on your doorstep, do everything you can to make them feel as welcome as possible. Even if they never do make it to your neck of the woods, they will probably enjoy exchanging an occasional email.
If you enjoy playing the host, and want to make it into a regular thing, visit CouchSurfing. Sign up and start building your own network of international friends.
3. Share Your Memories
Most traveler’s carry a camera. Take a few group pictures with your hosts. When you develop those photos back home, make sure you send a few copies to your host family.
With most of us using digital cameras, the easiest (and cheapest) way to share photos is by e-mailing the files. However, mailing prints will probably be more appreciated.
Either print and mail them yourself, or upload the files to a website that will send the prints. I have used Winkflash, but there are many others.
4. Bring A Gift From Home
Gifts from your own hometown always go over well. Pack some small, nonbreakable gifts before leaving home. Find something that they are not likely to have where they live. On your last day with your host, give them something to remember you by.
Little flag pins or key-chains will work, but the best choice is something more personal. If you have a creative hobby, then give them a sample. Woodworkers, crafters, and other artists have many options.
5. Do Some Research
If you’re going to buy a gift locally, find out what items are considered appropriate in the culture you’re visiting. A certain color of flower may look great to you, but giving it out of the proper cultural context can be an insult to locals.
Some seemingly harmless gift items may be associated with funerals and death. Often guidebooks can give you advice on local taboos. Better yet, ask around the neighborhood market for ideas.
There might be other local customs regarding gifts. Make the effort to know these ahead of time. For example, if you know that in some cultures it’s polite to initially refuse a gift, you won’t be worried when your host turns down your gift the customary number of times.
Research helps here, but don’t worry so much about offending someone that you freeze up and become overly formal. As a foreign guest, you won’t be expected to know every little detail about local etiquette.
6. Treat Your Hosts
Take the family to a movie. Take them to a museum. Ask them which local restaurant is their favorite, and then make reservations.
Even though they may have constant access to the sights in their city, they probably don’t take advantage of them as often as they would like.
Something as simple as going to the bar where your host is a regular gives them a chance to show you off a little to their friends. Remember, you are just as exotic to the local as they are to you.
7. Don’t Overdo It
Expensive gifts and shameless gushing will only make your host uncomfortable. They are not expecting money or jewelry, and will turn them down.
Friendship, interesting conversation and the satisfaction of being a good host are what they really want, so keep smiling and always say thank you!
What are some ideas you’ve used to say thanks? Share in the comments!
When you or a family member has been sick, hospitalized, or had surgery, meals or flowers may arrive. These meals or flowers may be from your church, other family members, or friends.
Some people may provide meals and flowers, so I've included thank-you note examples for both meals and flowers in this post.
Writing a thank-you note is a polite way to show your gratitude for the meals and/or flowers.
If you need help with the structure of a thank-you note, please check out the cheat sheet.
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Thank you for the extra time you took to make sure my kids did not go hungry. I was worried about them when I woke up from the fever. It turns out they were just fine!
Dear [friend's name],
I am grateful for the time you spent with me when dropping off [insert dish name] after my surgery. I am not used to being alone so much. Visiting with you made my day. I am happy to report that I will be back on my feet soon! I'll take you to lunch then.
Thank you for the homemade meals! [Name] is still recovering and unable to stand long enough to cook. We didn’t realize how much she did until [Medical Procedure] put her out of action. We enjoyed your [Dish]. [Name] was not able to have any of it as she was still on liquids only then. She is doing better now and would like the recipe as she thought the [Dish] looked great and the kids loved it.
The [Dish] was wonderful! I will request to have you on the meal making list if I ever need another surgery. It tasted so good. Much better than anything from the restaurant. Thank you for taking the time to make it and bring it over.
Thank you for making meals for my family with short notice. The emergency [Medical Procedure] that [Name] had was very overwhelming for me. I am grateful that my kids were able to have nutritious meals to eat. They are still raving about the chicken and gravy!
I felt deeply touched that you remembered that breakfast is my favorite type of meal. The egg and hash brown casserole that you provided after my stay at the hospital was fantastic. And, the Pyrex dish was beautiful. I promise to return it soon!
Thank you for the flowers after my recent surgery. Knowing that you were thinking of me made me feel loved. The flowers are still going strong!
The flowers you sent are lovely. They brightened up the hospital room. Thank you for remembering me.
I was happy that you visited me after surgery. I am told the pain will lessen over time. The flowers you brought with you are lovely. Thank you for sending such a beautiful arrangement.
I am glad you came to see me after my appendix was removed. The food and flowers were both great. Thank you for being so thoughtful. Your time and effort are appreciated.
Thank you for the flowers! Seeing them every day following surgery made me feel happy. I am glad we are friends! The purple carnations are stunning.
You are a wonderful friend to think of me after surgery. The flowers helped to cheer me up! I will be back on my feet soon and will visit you. Thank you again for the flowers.
The flowers you sent have helped me remember how many wonderful friends I have. The arrangement was spectacular. I am enjoying them every day while homebound. The casserole was great too!
What a great neighbor you are! You have been very considerate after my surgery. The roses from your yard are lovely. Thank you for the flowers and the help with household chores during my recovering.
I am thankful for you! The flowers, visits, and meals are all greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to make me feel loved and helping with the food. The boys loved the chicken wings!
Thank you for the lovely flowers. I thought of you when looking at them while stuck on the couch. They are great! And thank you for getting a variety that are not poisonous to my cats. They haven't tried to eat them, but I'd rather be safe than sorry!
I enjoyed the gorgeous that you sent while I was sick. The pizza was also appreciated by the family. Pizza is a treat for them. Thank you for showing your love for my family while I was sick.
Thank you for providing the lasagna casserole after I had surgery. The daisies also looked wonderful on the counter and helped to cheer me up. Thanks for remembering me.
Thank you for the bouquet of flowers while I was in the hospital. The purple and yellow tulips were beautiful together. Ted and the kids also appreciated the spaghetti dinner you provided for them. We will see you at church next week!
I am thankful for the flowers and food while I was recovering from surgery. The flowers were beautiful to look at when all I could do was lay on the couch. I was touched that you remember pizza rolls are my favorite recovery food! I ate them all on the same day.
What a blessing you were to my family last week! The kids liked every meal that you provided and that you visited with them. They told me all the stories that you shared with them when I came home from the hospital. The flowers are also on display now in our kitchen. The spring arrangement was beautiful.
Thank you for bringing me food while I was recovering from surgery. It was good and I was thankful that I didn’t have to worry about what the family was going to eat when I was unable to cook.
You are a wonderful cook! The meal you brought over was delicious. Also, thank you for visiting with me when you dropped it off.
Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home and for being such a wonderful hostess. We had a great time and will be back very soon.
When was the last time you received an honest-to-goodness thank you note? I don’t mean an email or a phone call. I mean a handwritten note on a card or other stationary that was put in an envelope, addressed, stamped, and dropped in the mail. Chances are, it’s been a while, and it may even feel that such a practice is outdated. While we may have become lax in sending such notes of appreciation, thank you notes will not go out of style. Here’s why:
Thank you notes make customers feel valued. Last summer, I placed an order with an online store that I had never worked with before. If the item I had been looking for had been available through an e-tailer that I knew better, I would have ordered it from them. As it was, this unknown seller seemed to be my only option, so I placed the order. When my package arrived, I was delighted to find a handwritten note thanking me for my order enclosed. Writing that little note and having the notecard onhand required a bit of effort, but it most certainly paid off. That single thank you note made me feel valued as customer, and I have placed several more orders with that business in the months since, something I would most likely not have done if they hadn’t made the extra effort to say thank you in a personal way.
Thank you notes are tangible. Today, much of our communication is electronic. We get so many emails and text messages every day that they are the norm, but we can’t physically open them, hold them in our hand, or set them out on a shelf to look at occasionally.
Thank you notes are personal. The act of choosing a card, whether it be purchased to the occasion, or pulled from a box that you keep for this type of correspondence requires forethought and commitment that is simply not there for an email or text message. Writing the note by hand adds another personal touch, because it is something that you took the time to do for the recipient to show your gratitude. We are also generally more thoughtful and reflective when we sit down and put pen to paper, resulting in a more heartfelt message.
Thank you notes set you apart. As we have mentioned, many people have abandoned traditional envelopes, stamps, and mail in favor of sending off a quick electronic message. When someone receives an actual thank you note from you, it distinguishes you from those around you. This is true in both social and professional settings.
Grandma doesn’t use email. Okay, she probably does, but it isn’t the way she has spent her life communicating. Her definition of a well-mannered person includes writing thank you notes, as should all of ours. Imagine how much more appreciative she will be when she goes to the mailbox and finds a hand-written card from her grandson thanking her for the watch she gave him for graduation, rather than getting a similar message electronically.
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