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Give Thanks: Who You Should Send Thanksgiving Cards To

If you’re wondering who to include in your Thanksgiving mail-out list this year, below are some ideas.

When you think end-of-year holiday cards, you might think Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or New Years. But don’t skip right past the earlier holiday—you know, the one that’s all about giving thanks and expressing gratitude for others?!

Above and beyond football and food, this special day is all about celebrating the good things in your life, which almost certainly include friends and family near and far. And there’s really no simpler way to share your heartfelt thanks than through a quick Thanksgiving card!

Family Members

Whether you plan to gather in person for an overstuffed turkey feast or are having to send your well wishes from afar, a Thanksgiving card is a great way to tell your family members just how much they mean to you.

Sure, your mother may drive you absolutely crazy and your brother may be too busy to answer your calls except once in a blue moon…but at the end of the day, they’re still family! They’ll love a sweet reminder that you’re thankful for them through thick and thin.

Here are a few examples of what you could write in Thanksgiving cards to relatives:

Gratitude is the heart’s memory. Happy Thanksgiving!

I couldn’t ask for a better family than the one I have. Thanks for everything that you’ve done for me. Happy Thanksgiving!

On Thanksgiving Day, it’s traditional to say what we’re thankful for. I’m thankful for having someone as great as you in my family!

Thanks for being not only a family member but also a best friend. Happy Thanksgiving Day!

As you send your Thanksgiving cards to family members, adding a personal touch will go a long way. In addition to the general well wishes written above, consider writing about a favorite childhood memory, a meaningful gift, or a specific personality trait that makes you grateful to be related to this person.


There’s a reason they say that friends are the family you choose for yourself. They’ve been with you through the good and the bad to provide loving support, lend an empathetic ear, and maybe even save the day when things go wrong.

Whether it’s a lifelong best friend or a more recent acquaintance, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to detail all of the times that your friends have made a difference to your life. Write a short message that fits your friendship—humorous, sentimental, or something in between—and explains why you’re thankful to have this person in your life.

Try out some of the following messages for a Thanksgiving card to a friend:

Don’t eat too much this Thanksgiving Day’…is something I would never say! Happy bird day!

You know why I love Thanksgiving more than Christmas? Because I get to spend time with friends like you—without buying any gifts! Happy Thanksgiving!

The turkey may be the star attraction this Thanksgiving, but you’ll always be the biggest turkey I know. Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without you around. I would have way more turkey to eat! Either way, I’m thankful to have you as a friend.


Sending Thanksgiving cards to your coworkers is a nice way to thank them for all of their hard work and for always being there for the team. Depending on your relationship, you can keep your card’s message purely professional or add a friendlier, lighthearted touch. Here are a few possibilities:

I appreciate all that you do to help me around the office. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, and I’m thankful to have you as a coworker! Happy Thanksgiving!

Let’s take a moment to be thankful that we have each other in this crazy world. Happy Thanksgiving to a great coworker and friend.

If this coworker has done something specific to make your office life better, let them know! Maybe you’re grateful for the time they saved you during a tanking presentation or the evening they gave you a ride home when your car broke down. Or maybe they’re the one to brew the coffee every day, and you appreciate that they always make enough for you, too. Noticing and expressing thanks for the little things can be more touching than any grandiose gesture.

Customers and Employees

Believe it or not, some of the biggest buyers of Thanksgiving Day cards are businesses. If you’re a business owner, you probably aren’t too surprised—as you already know just how many people it takes to run a successful business day in and day out. Why not show your customers and employees that you’re grateful with a simple but thoughtful Thanksgiving card?

When sending Thanksgiving Day cards as a business, it’s best to use inclusive messages that can be put in every card. That way, you won’t have to worry about who gets which card or about leaving any recipients feeling left out.

Whether you own a local boutique, a major franchise, or a homemade Etsy shop, some good examples might include:

Thank you for shopping with us. You’re a valuable customer, and we appreciate your business. Happy Thanksgiving Day!

On this Thanksgiving Day, we have a lot to be thankful for, including valuable customers/employees like you!

Happy Thanksgiving Day! Thanks for all you do!

From all of us, we wish your family a happy Thanksgiving Day!

And don’t forget your vendors, either! It’s nice to acknowledge what they do for you and your business. Plus, who knows what could come of it? Being courteous to your vendors this Thanksgiving Day just might bear some fruit later.

More Ideas for Thanksgiving Card Recipients

Looking to spread even more end-of-year joy? You can stock up on extra Thanksgiving cards and write a brief but kind message to almost anyone in your life. After all, there are so many people who help make our day-to-day lives what they are—so there’s really no bad choice of who to give Thanksgiving cards to!

Expand your circle of gratitude this year by sending a Thanksgiving Day card to:

  • Teachers
  • Postal workers
  • Bank tellers
  • Distant relatives
  • Neighbors
  • Parents of your kids’ friends
  • Your hair stylist
  • Your vet
  • Your cleaners, landscapers, or dry cleaners
  • Your nail technician
  • Your doctor or dentist
  • Previous coworkers

Send Thanks to Those You Care About

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to say thanks to the people you’re thankful for, regardless of whether they’re close family members or more distant acquaintances. You never know what people are going through in their lives, so your small gesture just might be the surprise they need this holiday season!

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