Grandparents are an important part of most children’s lives. They are a source of unconditional love and support, sometimes even when parents can’t. Most grandparents offer their grandkids a tangible connection to the rest of the family and to the past.
While parents rush about doing the everyday things that children need to survive, grandparents are able to spend quality time with the kids. They are able to teach them important and valuable life lessons, help them learn how to do their chores, and tell them stories.
In most families, but immigrant families in particular, grandparents are a valuable link to the family’s culture and traditions. They are the ones who pass on the stories and meanings behind the family’s rituals to their children. In many cases, they are also the reason why immigrant children learn their mother tongues.
Of course, grandparents also tend to spoil their grandchildren with time, attention, and gifts!
Why Write A Thank You Letter To Grandparents?
When you have grandparents that play such an important role in your life, it only makes sense to be grateful to them. You may not be able to express your gratitude for everything your grandparents do, but it can be very meaningful to write a thank you letter to your grandparents.
A thank you letter is a lovely way to detail what you appreciate about your grandparents. It gives you an opportunity to think about everything they do for you, and what role they play in your life. You can use the letter to deepen your connection with your grandparents and build a stronger relationship with them.
Most of our grandparents lived in times when thank you notes, and letters of appreciation were common practices of etiquette. So, to them, a thank you letter is an important way of communicating love.
Receiving a thank you note will make your grandparents feel appreciated and loved. They will be able to see that you care for them, that you see all the effort they make for you and how much you are learning from them. This is a great way for you to bond with your grandparents, and make sure they know that you appreciate them.
Tips for Writing A Thank You Letter To Grandparents
If you’re not sure about writing a general letter of thanks, you can always keep an eye out for a good opportunity. A great time to write a thank you note is after your grandparents bring you a gift or visit you.
You can write a note just to thank them for the present or the visit and keep it short. You can also use the gift as an excuse to write a longer letter to express your appreciation and love for them!
Here are a few tips to write a warm thank you letter to your grandparents.
Use Actual Stationery If You Can
In this world of the internet and phone calls, it is very easy to send out a quick email or mumble out a thank you on the phone. But these are not the best ways to show your love and appreciation.
Taking the time to pick out a card or nice notepaper shows the other person that you’re thinking about them and you’re making an effort for them.
Writing down a thank you letter to your grandparents also lets you take your time and truly feel your gratitude. You will be able to experience your emotions fully and describe them for your grandparents.
Write It Immediately After Their Visit Or Their Gift
The longer you wait to write a letter, the harder it gets. In fact, if you take too long, it becomes awkward to even send the letter, because your grandparents may have forgotten all about the gift!
Write the letter and send it across as soon as you have received a gift. If the gift was a visit, write it as soon your grandparents have returned to their home from visiting you. This way, all your emotions are fresh in your mind and you can write a sincere letter.
Make As Many Drafts As You Need
Writing a thank you letter can feel like a lot of work if you’ve never done it before. You may even be self-conscious about expressing your emotions, and that’s perfectly normal.
You don’t want to ruin the nice stationery you’ve picked up for your grandparents, so make a draft first. Writing out the letter a few times lets you sort out your feelings. You can be sure that you’re saying exactly what you mean to say, before copying out the final letter on to the right stationery.
Keep It Warm and Emotional
Your grandparents are usually the adults closest to you apart from your parents. It is important to keep the warmth and emotional nature of your relationship in your letter as well.
Write the letter thinking about all your love for them, and all their love for you. This will help you stay focused on the feelings of gratitude you have for them rather than any other distractions around you.
Talk About What Their Gift Or Presence Means to You
The simplest and most important way to express gratitude is to describe why something is meaningful to you. A thank you letter to grandparents is intended to express your sincere gratitude. The best way to do this is to talk about how their gift or visit made you feel, and why.
They may have come to visit when you were sick and brought you soup. In this case you would write about how you were happy to see them, and how the soup made you feel better.
For a few examples of a thank you letter to grandparents, keep reading!
Examples of Thank You Letter to Grandparents
Dear [Your Name for your Grandparents],
I am so glad that you came over and spent a whole week with me last week. Thank you so much for this surprise visit. I miss you already!
I thought it would be a regular weekend when I came down for breakfast, but there you were! I loved the pancakes Grandpa made, and I really loved having hot chocolate for breakfast. Don’t worry, mom is okay with it now!
I was very sad about missing my first week of summer holidays and the trip that everyone made to come see you. It was so nice of you to come and visit me when I couldn’t come to you. I couldn’t hang out with everyone else but spending time with you is my favorite thing.
I love the stories you both tell, even if Grandma’s ghost stories are my favorites!
I loved the story about the ghost on the tree Grandma! Please tell it to me again when I come visit you!
Grandpa, thank you so much for all the food. I know the soup you have left for me will make me stronger so I can get better soon and come visit! I am drinking some every day. Dad tells me there’s enough for this whole week! I am very happy, because it is delicious.
Thank you both again for visiting. I think I started getting better when I saw you! And it made me feel very loved.
See you soon!
Dear [Your name for your Grandparents],
I had a long day at school today, so I just wanted to go to sleep as soon as I got home. But when I did, I saw the present you sent me!
Thank you for such a lovely plushie toy. It is very soft, and [Name of Toy] is my favorite! It is so kind of you to remember which character I liked! Thank you for thinking of me now, when everyone is busy preparing for my little brother to come home. I am excited too! But now I feel better because I know you haven’t forgotten me.
You pay a lot of attention to what I say, and I am so thankful for it. It makes me feel warm because I know that you listen when I talk, and you think it is important to remember.
I am learning to be a good person because of how you treat me. I want to be a good big sister when my little brother finally arrives, so I’m going to love him like you love me.
I promise I will share my plushie toy with him! When it is safe. Mom says he is going to be very little when he first arrives, so he may not be able to play with it. But I’ll keep it safe till he’s bigger.
Thank you both again!
Dear [Your Name for Your Grandparents],
I received the check you sent in the mail today, and I just wanted to write in and thank you for you it! It is an incredibly generous gift, and I really appreciate it.
You absolutely did not have to send me anything at all, both of you. But I know what you have to say about that, so I will keep this, and buy something nice for myself like you’ve told me to.
I was very worried to hear that you were both sick and couldn’t come for my graduation. Of course, I was a little disappointed, but mostly I was just worried. Both of you mean a lot to me.
I was able to complete college because of your support and encouragement. Grandpa, I really can’t thank you enough for taking me to your shed and showing me how to work with wood. It’s because of all that time spent with you that I even thought about architecture as an option. And now here I am!
Grandma, thank you for helping me convince my parents that architecture was a good idea. I don’t think I could have managed it on my own. And I couldn’t have survived college with all your care packages. Every single one of them made me feel less homesick and alone.
Thank you both so much for everything you’ve done for me, and for the check!
I’m going to use to it to come see you both, because that is a nice thing that I want to do for myself! I can’t wait to see you!
All my love,
Dear [Your Name for Your Grandparents],
Thank you so much for coming over and visiting me and mum and dad for an entire month!
It was incredible to see you after such a long time.
The last time we were able to spend time together was years ago. It is so strange how quickly time has passed. And yes, I’m sure it must have been strange for you to see how tall I’ve become!
Over the years, I have been privileged to stay in touch with you despite living so far away. I have learnt so much from both of you. Your wisdom, compassion, and empathy guide me every day. Thank you for the values that you reinforced in me – they’re what keep me on the right path, no matter how difficult it gets.
You’re both the most beautiful people I know, and this last month has been full of memories that I will treasure for life. I can’t wait to see you both again, hopefully before another ten years pass!
Your Favorite (and only) Granddaughter
Dear [Your Name for Your Grandparents],
I am not sure if it was my parents or my cousins who told you, but I received your check in the mail today.
Thank you so much for such a generous gift. I can never thank you enough for it.
I didn’t want to let you know I was struggling with college expenses because I knew you would worry. And honestly, I am doing my best to manage! It is a struggle, but your gift has made sure that I don’t have to look for a third job.
I’ll be able to buy my books with what you’ve sent me. It is an incredible relief, and I wish I had enough words to thank you.
Your gift is so very thoughtful and kind, and I am very moved. This is an actual lifesaver.
I’ll try to come down during break to thank you in person, but until then, I hope this letter is enough.
Gratefully, Your loving grandson