A thank you card, note or letter should be warm, witty and to the point. The purpose is to give the recipient a warm feeling resulting from a genuine expression of thanks on your part.
It takes a little effort, but remember it is worth it. Taking time to say thank you shows you have time for people - people who have done something for you.
Some people are saying thank you by email or text, but this can be construed as being a bit on the lazy side. It is much nicer to receive a hand written ‘Thank You’ note or card. It shows someone cares enough to spend some time on you.
Timing is important. Ideally a thank you should be sent off within a couple of days but certainly within a week.
Remember especially that aged relations who have gone to the trouble to choose a present for the younger generations appreciate a thank you card – it will take pride of place on the mantelpiece for a while. Often it is one of the few occasions when a niece or nephew will keep in touch with an elderly aunt or uncle. They will appreciate being appreciated.