I wanted my baby gift thank yous to appear as if they also came from my new daughter. So I ordered thank you cards from Tiny Prints personalized with my daughter’s full name. While the flower-design cards were pretty and cute, they weren’t cheap, costing roughly $1 per card.
That’s why I wished I had thought of a clever (and frugal) thank you card strategy I learned a few weeks after my stationery purchase, when I received a clever thank you note from my friend Jackie that is the subject of today’s hint.
My friend, who had a baby two weeks after me, smartly transformed her wedding thank you cards into baby gift acknowledgements. The basic gist of her trick: She used a stamp to update the old thank you cards, which displayed her and her husband’s first names on the front.
With a $16 stamp of “& (fill in her daughter’s name here)” that she had bought online, she stamped “&” plus her daughter’s name on the front of the card under her and her husband’s names. So with the help of the simple and cheap stamp, she created new thank you cards she can now use for any type of gifts given to her new family.
And you don’t need leftover wedding thank you cards to employ this trick. You can simply buy a personalized family stamp and use it to transform plain old solid color cards into custom notes. You also don’t need a stamp – my friend could just have written out her family’s names on any old cards, though a stamp does look more professional.
To be sure, if you don’t care about having a personalized card, there are other more frugal thank you strategies you can employ instead. For instance, you could just use any cute notecards you find on sale or have around the house. Or here’s another idea: write the thank you note on the back of your baby announcements (one thing I realized after having a baby is that most people don’t wait to get the announcement before sending a gift).
What are your tips for frugal thank you cards?