Crafting the Perfect Gift Message: Tips & Examples for Every Occasion

Finding the perfect gift can sometimes feel like the easy part. It's the accompanying message that often leaves us scratching our heads. It might seem silly, but sometimes finding the right thing to say can feel like an impossible task. We get asked all the time, "what is something people normally write?" Whether it's expressing condolences, celebrating a birthday, or simply saying thank you, finding the right words can be a challenge. But fear not! We're here to guide you through crafting heartfelt and appropriate messages for every occasion.

1. Grief and Sympathy: Expressing condolences requires sensitivity and empathy. You can't go wrong when you keep your message simple and sincere. Some great examples we have seen over the years:

"During this difficult time, please know that you're in my thoughts. Sending you love and strength."

"Thinking of you and your family during this time of loss. Wishing you moments of peace and solace.

"As you grieve, may you find moments of light in the darkness and strength in the support of those who care about you."

2. Congratulations: Whether it's a new job, a new home, or another milestone, congratulate the recipient with enthusiasm. Here's some examples:

"Congratulations on your promotion! Your hard work and dedication have paid off. Wishing you continued success in your new role."

"Congratulations on your retirement! You've worked hard and now it's time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Wishing you a fulfilling and relaxing retirement."

"Congratulations on your new home! May it be filled with love, laughter, and countless memories. Here's to new beginnings and happy adventures."

3. Thank You: Gratitude goes a long way. Keep your thank you message genuine and specific. Try something like:

"I can't thank you enough for your support. Your presence, kind words, and comforting gestures have been a source of strength for me. I'm truly grateful."

"Thank you for collaborating with us on the project. Your expertise, creativity, and dedication were invaluable. We are so grateful for your time and work."

"Thank you for your incredible hospitality and for opening your home to me."

4. Messages for Colleagues, Clients or Distant Relatives: When writing to someone you don't know well, keep the tone professional yet warm. Avoid overly personal details and focus on the occasion at hand. For example:

"Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year! May it be filled with joy, laughter, and good health."

"Thank you for your dedication and contributions to the team/project. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed. Keep up the great work!"

"Sending warm wishes your way for a speedy recovery. Take care and feel better soon."

5. Avoiding Overly Emotional or Familiar Messages: Not every occasion calls for an emotional outpouring. Keep your message appropriate to the situation and relationship. If you're stuck for what to write, simply signing off with "Best regards" or "Warm wishes" is always a safe bet.

6. Bonus Tip: Handwritten just hits differently than typed. If you are able to write the message yourself, or have someone else do it, we highly recommend it! It's one of the reasons we ALWAYS handwrite your messages when you purchase a greeting card.

Remember, the most important thing is to be genuine and thoughtful. Take a moment to consider the recipient and the occasion, and let your message come from the heart. With these tips and examples, you'll be crafting perfect gift messages in no time.

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