There is nothing like getting a handwritten letter in the mail. I’m a strong believer in writing thank you notes. In fact, my daughter recently thanked me for insisting that she always write thank you notes for all of her gifts.
I gave her a model to use which I shared with the children when they wrote a thank you note for one of their Christmas gifts. First, thank the person specifically for the gift he/she gave you. Then tell him/her why you like it or what you plan to do with it. Then complement the person and add a personal comment or question. I was very pleased with their final products.
We also learned the five parts of a friendly letter: heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature.