This gift is late in coming, but the excitement and the happiness for you both and Will has been there from day one. I am so happy that you guys were blessed with a beautiful son and I can’t wait to be a part of Will’s life. Everybody needs a crazy aunt in California! I can’t wait to meet him and share in his life. You two are amazing and I hope you know that I am here for you always and love your new family very much. Also, I am available for babysitting when you need a trip, ha ha. Love you, Courtney
Why It Works
- The writer adds humor and reminds the recipients of who she is. And she assures them of a continued relationship with her nod to the future.
- A compliment to the couple is a nice way to end, and here it might bolster the confidence of first-time parents.
- This is the perfect way to handle a belated note: Acknowledge the tardiness, then move on. It also says that the recipients have been on the writer’s mind, a loving sentiment.
How To Write One
- Be specific with compliments. For newlyweds, commend the couple on their choice of partners; for new parents, remark on how great they are sure to be with the baby. During a life transition, it means the world to hear an optimistic voice.
- Don’t give advice. If anything, reassure the recipient that he or she has all the tools to handle what’s to come.
- Focus on an achievement. Say what impresses you about the recipient. Or take note of future plans and wish him or her luck.
- Draw on someone else’s knowledge. If you’re not close enough to the person to base a compliment on your own experience, make use of someone else’s: “Your parents are always talking about how proud they are of you.”