If there is anything that brings out people’s innate generosity and sense of caring, it is a baby shower. Women, mothers especially, but also aunts and friends, see this as an opportunity to give support and love to the new mama. But it is also fun to shop for babies! It is hard to resist cute onesies, adorable toys, teethers, soothing, lullaby-singing mobiles, and perfect little booties. Babies bring out the urge to knit, crochet, quilt, and create, and baby blankets, sweaters, hats, and scrapbooks abound. A typical baby shower, then, results in a much-appreciated avalanche of gifts. Thank you notes are definitely in order to let your guests know how much their generosity has meant.
A little prep work at the baby shower can save you time – and mental effort – when you write your thank you notes. Have a friend be your scribe. As you open each gift, make sure to announce who it is from. Your friend will write down the name and a very short description of the gift: Sara, pink sweater set and stuffed singing giraffe. This way, when you write the notes, you can personalize them. You will get so many wonderful gifts that it is virtually impossible to remember who gave what. This helps. Another baby shower tip: have your guests sign a guest book when they arrive. With their name, have them print their mailing address as well.
When it is time to write your baby shower thank you notes, take the time to write a personal message. A quick, “Thanks for the beautiful gift!” is perfunctory, and guests may feel unappreciated. They certainly understand that you have a lot to do getting ready for a new baby, and no one expects a lengthy missive about your shower gifts. While you are very busy and have a bundle of joy to occupy your mind and time, it doesn’t have to take a long time to write a personal, warm thank you. Your guests will appreciate it, and you can really take the time to think about the incredible generosity that babies tend to elicit.
All you really need is a short note like the following:
Thank you so much for being with me on such a special day. The pink sweater set is beautiful, and I love how soft and cuddly the giraffe is. We already love the gifts and the baby will too! Thanks once again!
It is only a few sentences, but it is personalized. Feel free to add personal details as well, such as, “I had a sweater set like this when I was a baby. I can’t wait to compare photos!” Do not sound scripted, and make each card unique. Really, it does not take much more time than writing an impersonal, one-size-fits-all message, and the effort is immediately noticeable to your guests.
Here are some starters to get your brain in thank you mode:
You can also use a quote to get you started and to tie all of the thank you’s together before you personalize them. This one from Richard Bach is lovely and appropriate, “Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.”
You don’t need a greeting-card style thank you note. Keep in short, sweet, and above all, personal.