Your shower is done; your baby is preparing for delivery and making you feel as big as a house. Your feet hurt, you are swamped with well-wishers, and you are busy trying to organize your house and prepare it for your impending bundle of joy. The last thing on your mind is probably thank you notes for those who attended your baby shower, but yes, you do have to write them. Thank you notes are an important way to show gratitude for your friends and family who helped prepare you for your new baby. Baby shower gifts are often expensive, require shopping at specific stores, and involve well-thought out ideas from your friends and families, and thus, sending a short thank you note is an easy way to express your thanks.
However, what if you are stuck and you cannot think of how to write your thank you notes? Well worry no more! Below are several ideas of how to word your thank you notes depending on who they are being sent to, how far the guests traveled, and how many people need to be thanked. So get writing!
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The basic format of your thank you notes should include the first name of the person you are thanking, and should be specific to the gift they gave and how you intend to use it. Handwritten thank you notes are also preferred to pre-printed ones, but if done appropriately pre-printed can work as well. If you have received money, do not mention the specific money amount, but do mention their generosity.
Thank You Notes for Close Friends
Close friends make up most of the attendees at your baby shower. They will normally bestow the most thoughtful presents upon you, and will deserve a more personal and sincere form of thank you. Because of this, you are free from using formal formats and language to thank them and should instead opt for a more casual, but personal format. For an example, you could write something similar to the example below:
Thank you so much for coming to my baby shower and for your amazing gift. I hope you enjoyed the party as much as I did, and I can’t wait to use the rocket ship blanket you gave us when Tristan arrives! You are so sweet!
Thank You Notes for Long Distance Friends and Family
Often times you will have friends and family who live far away make the trek just for your shower! In these cases, you should emphasize not only their gift, but also their sacrifice to travel a long way just to see you. If they were not able to attend and still sent a present, this also deserves a special mention.
Dear Aunt Henrietta,
Thank you for traveling so far to help us celebrate our new baby! (Thank you for taking the time to send such a thoughtful gift) It was wonderful to see you, and we love the set of bottles you gave us! We can’t wait to use them to feed our hungry lady after she is born! (While I wish you could have been there for the shower, it was wonderful to receive your gift)
Thank You Notes for Group Gifts
Oftentimes your friends and family might decide to pool their money to buy you one of the more expensive parts of your registry such as a stroller or a car seat. If this happens, make sure that you thank each gift-giver individually for the part they played and how thankful you are to have such supportive friends and family.
Thank you so much for the super sweet gift from you and the other girls! I am so lucky to have such amazing and supportive friends. I can’t wait to take our new babies on walks in their new stroller. It means a lot to me that you and the others would help us this way!
Thank you again! Kristen
Thank You Notes for Expensive Gifts
As with most wedding showers and gifts, you will be surprised by how generous certain guests might be. These guests will go out of their way to either fulfill your more expensive requests, or shower you with multiple gifts. They often go above and beyond out of excitement, and they deserve a thank you for their generosity.
Dear Mike and Elaine,
Thank you so much for coming to our shower and your incredibly generous gifts. We are so thankful and blown away by your kindness, and hope that you know just how helpful it will be when baby Harper arrives.
Sincerely, Rachel and Sarah
Thank You Notes for Help Offered
Many times your guests may choose to donate their time to you instead of a physical gift. This can include helping out with chores such as painting a nursery, grocery shopping, cleaning your house for you, or preparing meals for you post-delivery so you can spend more time with your newborn and not worry about cooking. These guests also deserve a special shout-out for their efforts.
Thank you so much for being incredibly thoughtful this last week. It has really helped take a weight off our shoulders to know that our house will be clean and well stocked for our baby’s arrival. Words cannot express how helpful this has been.
Thank you sincerely, Lisa and David
Thank You Notes for Shower Throwers
Probably one of the people who deserves the biggest thanks, but is often forgotten about, is the hostess, or friends and family who chose to throw you a baby shower. Often you thank these people in person, but they too deserve a thoughtful note. You might also consider including a small thank you gift in addition to your note.
Dear Aunt Drea,
I would like to thank you for your hard work in planning and throwing my baby shower! It was so great to be able to see everyone, and the event was fun and wonderful! I am so grateful for how much effort you put into it, and I won’t forget it!
Thank You Notes from Baby
This is a more cutesy option that is becoming increasingly popular as of late. While some may see it as kitschy, others will appreciate the thoughtful and fun take on thank you notes. Below are some examples of how to word a thank you for your soon-to-be-born baby.
“Thank you for the gift that I will soon see! Mom says it’s really great, and you picked it just for me! Mom and Dad are giving you this card because I have yet to arrive, and even when I do, well, I won’t be able to write until age 5!”
“I started as a twinkle in my loving parents’ eyes, and everyday I’m growing to newborn size! I can hardly wait to show the world the person I’ll become and for giving me a head start I want to say thank you to everyone! The gifts you gave to mommy and the knowledge that you shared will remind me of how blessed I am with folks like you who care! You showered us with love and kindness, to depths of endless measure, and your special presence in our lives is a gift we’ll always treasure!”
Late Thank You Notes
While etiquette maintains that you should send your thank you notes as soon as possible after your shower, sometimes life will get in the way and you will have to send late thank you notes. While most people will understand that the life of an expectant or new mother is busy, it is polite to acknowledge the time lapse in-between your shower and the thank you.
Dear Joel and Toni,
I just wanted to send you a regretfully overdue thank you for your sweet and thoughtful gift at my baby shower! It has been so much fun being able to carry baby Micah comfortably in the wrap you bought us, and feed him using the hilarious bibs you gifted as well.
Thank you again! Erin and Nick
Baby shower thank you notes can be time consuming and might be the last thing on your mind while you prepare for baby, but they are one of the easiest ways to convey to your guests how grateful you are and how helpful their generosity is. Following these tips, you should be able to write sincere thank you notes to make your guests feel appreciated.