12 of the Prettiest Thank-You Cards to Show Your Gratitude

rifle paper co. gold on white thank you card
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These days more than ever, gratitude goes a long way. Because we're still living in a time of COVID-19, the holidays, birthdays, and general gift-giving looked very different this year, which is why it's so important to show your appreciation for the presents you receive from family and friends who you can't celebrate with in person (and even to those who you do get to see!). In a world where it's so easy to just fire off a text message, a handwritten notecard is still the most thoughtful way to say "thank you." Plus, everyone loves to receive snail mail!

To help you nail your post-present etiquette, we've rounded up the most unique, modern thank-you cards. But before we get to our picks, we reached out to Allison Carter, celebration expert at Allison Carter Celebrates, for a few tips on writing the perfect card. When it comes to crafting a thank-you note, Carter says the number one thing to keep in mind is to make sure you are specific and not general. "You want to clearly thank them for the exact gift and the thought behind it," she explains. "Share what you plan to do with it or what you love best about the gift." And the number one thing to avoid? "Don't make it feel like you just sat down and wrote a bunch of thank you notes at once," she says. "The same note times 10 is never a thoughtful gesture."

As for timing, Carter suggests sending the card within a few days of receiving the gift. "I try to write my thank-you notes as soon as possible, because it's something that can easily slip your mind. Although generally within a month is acceptable. But if it goes past that, acknowledge the timing in your greeting. A simple, 'so sorry this took a little while to get to you!' is fine."

Ahead, see our picks for the best modern thank you cards to show your gratitude.

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Floral Flourish

rifle paper co. green floral thank you card
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This gorgeous thank-you card from Rifle Paper Co. is made from paper cutouts for a three-dimensional effect. And its rectangular shape makes it perfect for including cash or a check should you want to express gratitude for a job well done.

Shop Now: Rifle Paper Co. Cut Paper Thank-You Card, $5, riflepaperco.com.

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thank you card with bar cart illustration
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What could be more fitting than this correspondence for the "Martha" in your life? Each card is hand-illustrated and printed in the United States.

Shop Now: Mr. Boddington "For the Hostess" Greeting Card, $5, mrboddington.com.

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Painterly Effects

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These vibrant metallic brush stroke cards come in a set of 24 (for under $7), and are made from 50 percent recycled paper for an eco-friendly bonus.

Shop Now: Greenroom Metallic Brush Stroke Cards, $6.99 for 24, target.com.

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Personalized Photograph

instant photo thank you card
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These simple, but personalized cards are perfect if you want to include a photo of your family or any picture of your choice. And if you're looking to buy in bulk, you can order anywhere from a set of 10 up to a set of 500.

Shop Now: Artifact Uprising Bold Thank-You Card, from $1, artifactuprising.com.

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World Icons

papyrus european monument thank you card
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"Merci," "grazie," "thank you." Whatever the language, the sentiment is the same. This set of world icon cards is a great choice if you're a globetrotter at heart.

Shop Now: Papyrus Word Icons Thank-You Cards, $9.95 for 14, amazon.com.

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Citrus Sweetness

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Minted lets you tap into the creative talent of independent artists and print your own card with their help. This one is illustrated with lemon slices and leafy greens.

Shop Now: Minted Lemon Thank-You Card, $2.33, minted.com.

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Minimal Modern Text

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These tasteful thank-you cards are ultra-customizable with the ability to choose your envelope and ink color, as well as personalize them with your name.

Shop Now: The Swoon Paper Co. Minimal Text Card, $22.50 for 10, etsy.com.

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Golden Bumblebee

bee thank you card
Courtesy of Paper Source

These chic gold foil notecards are elegant, but the bumblebee design gives them a touch of whimsy.

Shop Now: Crane & Co. Engraved Bumblebee Thank-You Cards, $22.95 for 10, papersource.com.

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Warm Thanks

coffee cup shaped thank you card
Courtesy of Hallmark

These clever thank you cards from Hallmark come in the shape of a coffee cup and a sleeve with the option to check one of three messages: "thanks a latte," "that was sweet," or "warmest thanks."

Shop Now: Hallmark Coffee Cup Cards, $7.99 for 15, amazon.com.

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Funny Food

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This quirky set of cards is perfect if you want something more out-of-the-box (and you appreciate a good pun) featuring sayings like "Thank You Berry Much", "Thank You for Your Hasspitality", and "Shanks. Shank You Very Much."

Shop Now: Nourishing Notes Food-Inspired Thank-You Cards, $25 for eight, food52.com.

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Colorful Correspondence

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Courtesy of The Met Store

Choose these gold-embossed cards from the Met Museum Store if you prefer a more multi-use card that doesn't explicitly have "thank you" printed on the front.

Shop Now: The Met Museum Tulips Correspondence Cards, $28 for 25, store.metmuseum.org.

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Whimsical Zebra

red papier zebra thank you card
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These whimsical zebra cards can be personalized inside with a custom printed message. They come in a set of 10 and are made from high-quality Mohawk paper.

Shop Now: Hip-Hip Zebra Cards, $22 for 10, papier.com.

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