Proper Salutations for a Thank You Note

There is etiquette to follow for thank-you notes.

If you are given a gift, it is always polite to send a thank-you note after receiving it. This acknowledges the generosity and lets the sender know the gesture is appreciated. There is proper etiquette to follow when writing a thank you.

1 How to Start

A thank-you note should always begin with a friendly greeting. The most commonly used salutation is the word "dear." Start by using the man's title first, for example "Dear Mr. & Mrs. Smith." The salutation is always followed by a comma, not a colon.

2 More Personal

If you receive a gift from someone you are very close with, it is acceptable to use a first name in your salutation. In this more personal example, the woman's name would be used first, such as "Dear Lisa and Jeff."

3 How to Finish

A few sentences are sufficient after the salutation. Try to make sure you say thank you in a personal way and mention the gift specifically and how you plan to use it. Finish your note with a personal greeting by using words such as "love," "sincerely" or "yours truly."

Denise Everett started her journalism career in 2001. While working as the editor of "The Chetwynd Echo," Everett won an International Association of Fire Fighter's Media award for her coverage on the link between firefighting and cancer. She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Mount Royal College.