If you have a desktop publishing program with which you are comfortable and a color printer, you need little else to create custom thank you notes for all of your graduation gifts. Printing the notes onto card stock or heavy paper will give them a more professional appearance, and you can make them in a size that fits store-bought envelopes. Alternatively, you can create your envelopes as well.
You have the option of using templates to make the cards or creating them from scratch. In addition, you can create a standard card to send to all of the people you wish to thank, make a few different versions so that you can choose the one best suited for the recipient or produce an original card for each person on your list. Your only limits are your DTP skills, your time and your imagination
One advantage to making thank you cards and notes is that they do not need to be elaborate. You can use a picture such as flowers, an unassuming border design or even the words “Thank You" in an eye-catching font on the front of the card. Inside, a simple statement such as, “I appreciate your thoughtfulness" is sufficient.
Again, once you print the cards it is important that you take the time to thank each person specifically for the gift they gave to you. For those who sent checks or cash, stating what you plan to do with the money is a nice gesture. Here is an example of wording you might use to thank someone for a gift of money:
Dear Uncle Steve,
Thanks so much for the check for $50. I am using it to buy a hot plate to use in my dorm room. I hope that you will come visit me while I am studying in Nebraska!
Your Loving Nephew,