A Guide to Composing a Heartfelt Message

October 02, 2020

Writing a sincere and authentic note is a wonderful way to make someone feel loved and valued. However, most people struggle with what to say and how to say it.

 We’ve put together this short guide to help you express those feelings in a way that will make your recipient’s heart swell with joy. When you add a heartfelt note to your gift, every time they look at their gift, they’ll remember how you feel about them.

1. Handwrite your message to make it more personal. (Yes, even if your writing is chicken scratches. Remember this comes from your heart!)

2.The goal of your message is to express how you feel about your recipient by linking your gift to something meaningful to him/her (a shared special memory, something (s)he loves or a person or place that has significance to him/her).

3. Begin with the occasion and her name (or pet nickname): 

Ex: Happy Birthday, Emma!

4. Explain why this art piece made you think of him/her. Link the gift to your special time together or a memory or the significance it has for him/her.

Ex:

When I saw this art, I knew I had to get it for you! Our trip to NYC was so special and brings back so many amazing memories.

5. Add a specific detail that is meaningful (was special) to him/her.

Ex: Remembering the joy on your face as we watched “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Broadway still makes me so happy. I know seeing a Broadway show was on your bucket list and that night didn’t disappoint!   

6. Link the gift to the memory and how much (s)he means to you.

Ex: I thought this gift would be the perfect gift to remind you of the fun we had, but more importantly, how much I love you and how much you mean to me. I am so lucky to have you as my wife (husband)! I can’t imagine my life without you.

7. Close strong!

Ex: I hope every time you look at this, it will remind you of how much you mean to me. 

Love, Dan

Now, let’s pull it all together:

 Happy Birthday, Emma!

When I saw this art, I knew I had to get it for you! Our trip to NYC was so special and brings back so many amazing memories.

Remembering the joy on your face as we watched “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Broadway still makes me so happy. I know seeing a Broadway show was on your bucket list and that night didn’t disappoint!   

I thought this would be the perfect gift to remind you of the fun we had, but more importantly, how much I love you. I am so lucky to have you as my wife! I can’t imagine my life without you.

I hope every time you look at this, it will remind you of how much you mean to me. 

Love, Dan


Some other examples:

Merry Christmas, Mom,

We grew up going to the Jersey shore every year as a family. I have so many great family memories from those times and when I saw this art piece, I knew you’d love it.

Remember the time Mike and I thought we could bring ice cream to the beach in a cooler and keep it frozen with just ice? Crazy as it sounds, “drinking” that cold, melted ice cream mess and laughing as the stickiness got everywhere still makes me smile to this day.

This brings back sweet childhood memories and reminds me of the fun we had together as a family. You gave us that gift. I hope each time you look at this, it’ll remind you of the happy summers our family spent down at the shore.

I love you, Mom!  Love, Ian

 

Happy Father’s Day, Eric!

This gift reminded me of all the football games we went to together in college and the fun we had tailgating with our friends. It was there that I first fell in love with you.

Do you remember the day we were headed to a game and crossed a frozen creek when the ice broke, immersing me in the frigid water? You were so sweet as you wrapped me in your coat and got me quickly back to my house to warm up and change clothes. The caring, loving way you took care of me was the beginning of our forever bond as I realized what a great Dad you would be someday. 

I hope every time you look at this, it’ll transport you back to our beginning. To remind you of our foundation, the fun we’ve had and the beautiful family we’ve created together.

You’re a great Dad, Eric, and today we celebrate YOU!

Love, Allie





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