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Eleven Easy Ways to Say Thank You

Express your gratitude with one of these elevated pieces of stationery

photo: Brennan Wesley

Haskell Harris (@haskellharris) is the style director at Garden & Gun

I grew up with a mother who drilled the importance of gratitude into my mind from the time I could hold a pen. One of her first gifts to me—at age seven—was Emily Post’s classic tome about manners, and she had marked the chapter on thank-you notes. Subtle, Mom! This year, when my son was born and presents from family and friends arrived, she called me often from Virginia to ask about the baby, yes, but to also inquire about whether my thank-you notes were finished (they were). I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Edwards at Arzberger Stationers in Charlotte, North Carolina, because Edwards isn’t snobby about etiquette; she’s gentle and friendly and very creative. She created the custom stationery below just for Garden & Gun readers. Beyond formal options like Arzberger, there are plenty of casual boxed notes specifically for saying thank you, which make great hostess gifts and surcees, too. Moral of the story: It really doesn’t matter how you say thank you, just say it—on paper, and from the heart. Here are eleven ways to do just that.


READ MORE: When to Write a Thank-You Note


Arzberger Personalized Stationery

This collection was designed exclusively for G&G readers to pick and choose from six script types, four liner options, and three ink colors. I am a fan of anything marbled, so of the four liner options, that one speaks to me. $320 for 50; ggmercantileco.com


Rifle Paper Co. Boxed Cards

Florida-based Rifle Paper Co. is known for its pretty botanical motifs. $18 for 8; anthropologie.com


Fiesta Flag Thank You Card Set

Papel Picado are the inspiration behind these bright, festive notes. $17 for 8; papersource.com


Mr. Boddington Notecards

Mr. Boddington’s Studio is one of my all-time favorites for paper with whimsy and a sophisticated sense of humor. $15 for 6; shopspring.com


Mac & Murphy Camellia Thank-You Note Boxed Set

There is a wonderful shop for all manner of paper goods in Charleston, South Carolina, called Mac & Murphy that’s equal parts modern and old-school—my favorite combination. Case in point: The abstract brushstrokes on their classic camellia thank you notes. $21 for 6; macandmurphy.com


Bernard Maisner Notecards

Bernard Maisner is known for his calligraphy and hand-painted motifs, like the scarabs on these lovely notecards. $145 for 8; bernardmaisner.com


Minted Cards

Did you know that Minted makes thank you notes? It does, and the sentiment on this card feels particularly Southern. $60 for 25; minted.com


Mrs. John L. Strong Collection Notes

The mix-and-match element of this card set by Mrs. John L. Strong is an interesting way to personalize things. The gold feather and bright yellow tissue liner are a lively combination. $65 for 10; shopspring.com


Crane & Co. Black Hand Engraved Thank You Cards

You can’t go wrong with any paper by Crane & Co. Period. $19 for 10; amazon.com


Dempsey & Carroll Form Voices Notecards

These painterly, unusual liners add as much personality to correspondence as the words used to give thanks. $50 for 10; shopspring.com


Fringe Studio Canvas Thank You Note Cards

All twelve of these cards are like mini works of art as well as vessels for gratitude. $13 for 12; shopspring.com


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