The Kimono Blossom Notecards feature elaborate silk patterns from Edo period Noh robes.
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The Art of the Thank-You Note

Tips on how to express gratitude in writing, a gracious practice that’s always in style

The French philosopher Jacques Maritain wrote, “Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.” We at The Met Store agree—and believe that, amid the clamor of the digital age, a handwritten note is an ideal way to give thanks.

“The Artist’s Letter Rack,” 1879. William Michael Harnett (1848–1892). Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1966 (66.13).

Despite the ease of firing off an email or text message, there is great tactile pleasure in both sending and receiving a card. Every aspect of a personal note celebrates the relationship between the sender and the recipient, from the quality of the paper and the image to the sentiment expressed in the writer’s own hand.

When writing a thank-you note, it is best to reference the specific gift or action and the reason for your gratitude. It can be as brief as, “I appreciate the gift card to my favorite store and can’t wait to add something special to my wardrobe.” Add a final statement, such as “Love to your family and thanks again,” and then wind up with an appropriate sign-off: “Yours truly, Affectionately, Kind regards, Sincerely,” etc.

This genial courtesy establishes a thoughtful practice that can be passed down to generations. Other occasions that call for a handwritten note include congratulations, condolences, or just a simple “thinking of you.”

Why not write a card to someone who has given you a gift, invited you to an event, or provided a service? It could be a child’s teacher, a loyal customer, a hostess, a medical professional, or even your mail carrier. We offer a wide range of notecards and correspondence cards suitable for most occasions.

The sophisticated images and refined hues of the Paul Klee Notecards make them versatile year-round. The Japanese Prints notecards are customer favorites, with reproductions of five distinctive woodblock prints from the Edo period (1615–1868).

The Paul Klee notecards include five distinctive works by the noted artist.

Japanese Prints Notecards

A 19th-century illustration made for the Horticultural Society of London, one of five images.

Of the Botanical Illustrations Notecards (above), an online customer wrote: “What a pleasure it is to send such beautiful cards. They are so pretty and some who have received them have commented how nice they were. Thank you for the quality of the cards as well as the envelopes.”

These charming teacup designs are from a 19th-century French album and offer three each of six images. Each card is die-cut to accentuate its shape.

Two of our more recent (and popular) notecard designs feature French teacups (above) and butterflies (below). Of the teacups, a customer told us: “These cards are the perfect size for any note or greeting. The artwork is beautiful and they look like real teacups.” 

The colorful Butterflies Notecards include four each of five different designs in a keepsake box.

Explore our full range of notecards here.

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  1. We love the Met & enjoy being able to order beautiful things on-line. Every item is unique and of high quality.

    FYI: The description of the Paul Klee note cards has a typo: “…making then” should be “making them.” Thought you’d want to know so it can be corrected.

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  2. Author icon Marion Hausner Pauck (Mrs)

    Wonderfully imaginative cards and envelopes. I still write messages in good English, French, and
    German on notecards and put them in the U,S. mail – so much nicer on special occasions than
    email.

    Than you for still publishing these lovely ways to communicate.

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  3. Author icon Jennis Torrens

    I always struggle to give my family unique gifts that fit each person uniquely. The Met is the one place that I can always find that one gift that is perfect, unique and so special.

    Reply

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