Create thank-you cards your kids will actually want to write

by Rachel B Posted on January 09, 2010

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Does this scenario sound familiar? You ask your kids to write (or draw) a little something for grandma and grandpa – in thanks for the holiday gifts – but all you get is “no I don’t want to!”

We feel your pain (because many of us at Shutterfly go through the same ritual with our kids), so have come up with a fun solution.

Create mad-libs concept thank-you cards using a fun photo of your kids. It couldn’t be simpler and we can almost guarantee your kids won’t whine about having to write their thank-you cards. That’s something to be thankful for.

First, select a greeting card style. Upload a photo of your kids (whether it’s in front of the pile of opened presents or in front of the tree). Add a greeting something similar to this:

Dear ______,
Thank you for my new ________. I love it and can’t wait to ________ it.
Love, __________

The kids can fill-in-the-blanks later with the details and it doesn’t matter whether they’re at the crayon stage or into penmanship, each thank-you card should take no more than a minute.

Imagine how thrilled the grandparents will be to get a photo of their grandkids and thank-you cards at the same time. You’re raising them well.

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  1. BarbaraJ Says:

    GOOD IDEA RACHEL. I HAVE ACTUALLY DONE THIS FOR MY GIRLS. THEY HAVE ASK ME TO HAVE THANK YOU CARDS FOR THE BIRTHDAY GIFTS EACH YEAR. I TRY TO FIND A CUTE LITTLE FONT THAT LOOKS AS IF IT WERE A KIDS HANDWRITING.
    PLUS THEY GET A PICTURE OF SUCH A SWEET LITTLE GRANDKID OR CHILD.

  2. Earl J Says:

    A great idea, I know the Shutterfly custom cards my wife and I have made and mailed have gotten an exciting reaction.

  3. Joey Says:

    i love this idea. I may just have to do this for my nieces and nephews. I know the grandparents would be thrilled to receive a thank-you! Something we always used to do as kids and I think that phase has not been used very much in the future.
    What a great idea. I am gonna hop on over to the store now!

  4. AnnAbbott Says:

    OOhhhh…Rachel, You are so smart. I love this idea! Super simple and kid friendly….:)

more about Rachel B

Thank you for visiting “Picture More”, Shutterfly's Community Blog. My name is Rachel, and I come from a long line of photo enthusiasts. My grandparents kept a large (and heavy!) collection of family photo albums in their living room, which my sister and I loved looking through. My mother continued the tradition by becoming a hobby photographer (phrases like “smile, “hold that pose” and “let me get my camera” were a constant part of our lives). Now my sister and I are avid camera fans. She takes beautiful pictures of her children, and I enjoy capturing the many far-away places my husband and I visit. What I love about Shutterfly is that it helps me turn my photos into meaningful keepsakes like photo books, calendars, and photo gifts (I love my coasters, posters, mug and mouse pad!). My memories are now a part of my everyday life, not living in a shoe box or hard drive. And what I love about "Picture More" is that it will help us get even more creative with our pictures. I'm excited to exchange ideas with all of you!

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