How to write a thank you note to my mother-in-law

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How to write a thank you note to my mother-in-law
Sending thank-you notes to family members shows proper manners. (thank you image by feisty from

Writing a thank-you note for gifts, hospitality or assistance shows you are an appreciative person who understands the importance of etiquette. No matter what your mother-in-law has done to warrant a personal letter, a simple note of thanks will go a long way in strengthening your relationship and making her feel valued. As with any letter, there is a standard acceptable format to follow when writing a thank-you note.

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  1. 1

    Use nice paper or stationery when writing your note. A handwritten note adds a personal touch and expresses a more intimate connection than a more formal, typed letter. Write a salutation addressing your mother in law as you normally would in person, such as "Dear Judy" or "Dear Mom."

  2. 2

    Write a statement that explains what you are thankful for. For example, "Thank you so much for the thoughtful gift token you sent for my birthday."

  3. 3

    Explain what the gift or action meant to you in two or three sentences. For example, if your mother-in-law recently took your children out for a day at an amusement park, tell her how much fun they had, and what you chose to do with your free day.

  4. 4

    Write a closing statement again thanking your mother-in-law for her thoughtfulness. If applicable, mention sending your love to any other family members, such as your father-in-law. End with a closing salutation you are comfortable with, such as "Love" or "Yours truly," and sign your name.

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