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How to word a thank you note to relatives who sent a Christmas gift of baked goods

Lillian asks the Thank You Diva for advice on how to word a thank you note to relatives who - delightfully and unexpectedly - sent them a Christmas gift of baked goods from an expensive store.


Dear Thank You Diva,

Would you please help me with a thank you wording? It's to my husband's nephew and niece for cakes and baked goods that were sent from an expensive company for a Christmas gift.

This is a very difficult thank you note for me to write as both are "professionals" and I certainly want the wording to be correct yet I want the note to be very warm and personal.

This is the first time that this couple has ever remembered us.

Thank you,

The Thank You Diva responds:

Dear Lillian,

Thank you for your message. What a lovely gift to receive for the festive period, especially as it was unexpected!

In writing your thank you note, bear in mind that keeping things short and sweet generally comes across as the most sincere. Being brief also gives you less chance to putting a foot wrong with your wording.

You may wish to write something along these lines:

Dear [names],

What a lovely surprise to receive your box of delicious gourmet bagels this Christmas!

They were beautifully packaged (it was a treat just to open the box!) and, needless to say, absolutely delicious. We enjoyed them on Christmas morning, and agreed that they were the best bagels we've ever tasted. We both feel thoroughly spoilt. Thank you so much!

Our Christmas was [... a few details here, for example 'spent with X and the kids' or 'quiet but enjoyable' etc.]. We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas too, and that you both had time to relax for a few days before returning to work.

Thank you again, and may this year bring you continued health, happiness and success, both personally and professionally.

With love and best wishes [or other appropriate words],

I hope this helps you to compose a note that you are happy with and feel strikes the right tone.

With my best wishes,
The Thank You Diva

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