Baby shower thank you cards are among the most pleasant and rewarding you’ll have the good fortune to send. Words of thanks come easily when heartfelt support, well-wishes, and gifts accompany a baby’s arrival into the world.
We’ve got tips on timing, wording, and thank you card etiquette. Plus, peruse our picks for what we think are some of the cutest baby shower thank you cards online!
Baby Shower Thank You Cards
1. Horoscope Thank You Card
We thought these foil-pressed horoscope cards were so original and beautiful, they had to take a space high on the list. Mocha, mint, and peony hues are available to customize your color scheme while rose gold foil adds celestial shimmer to this cute design.
2. Diaper Pin Thank You Card
For a more conventional take on the shower theme, have a look at this diaper pin design. Perfect for making your thank you special.
It features rose-gold foil detail with a choice of five vivid hues, they’re super easy to customize to your palette preference. We also thought the lettering design on this one was particularly lovely.
3. Moonlit Thank You Card
Love the sparkly moon and stars on this one! Reminiscent of the view from your window on a few of those sleepless nights to come (sorry, just bein’ real), these notes of thank you are super cozy.
Features a choice of mint, sky, cream, or cotton candy hues.
4. Swaddled Baby Thank You Card
Snuggly, swaddled baby-burritos are one of the best things about newborns. That, and the new baby smell!
This smiley little guy melted our hearts at first sight. A beautifully designed swaddled baby card will draw smiles from whomever receives it.
The best thing about this card? It represents a rainbow of babies depending on which color you choose.
5. Arctic Whale Thank You Card
Harboring all the excitement (pun intended) over meeting the new arrival, these smiley mama (or daddy) and baby arctic whale-themed cards are adorned with real silver foil. It’s rich hues of navy, charcoal, or craft contrast beautifully with the glittering accents.
6. Safety Pin Thank You Card
by Katie Zimpel
Another take on the foil accented safety pin theme, these pretty cards are a great way to communicate your heartfelt thanks. Unique color choices of cloud, baby blue, gravel, canary, or seafoam make these cards stand out among the others, and the glittery silver foil accents make them shine that much more.
7. Stork Thank You Card
by Leah Bisch
Storks are such a timeless theme. When we saw these fabulous greatest gift baby shower thank you cards, we had to show them to you.
Subdued hues of sky, fog, blush, and sunrise put the stork and his special delivery among the clouds front and center.
8. Woodland Animals Thank You Card
Did you see our feature on Elephants and Woodland Animal-themed shower invitations?
If you did, you probably know why we love the woodland animal theme — sweet, adorable, smiling woodland animals, these thank you notes are perfect.
If you don’t, we’re optimistic that with copious amounts of hugs, there’s still hope for you!
9. Ocean Themed Thank You Card
Baby ocean animals are always adorable, and we’ve noticed a lot of baby-event related cards out there featuring these smiley deep-sea friends.
We love these ocean themed baby shower thank you cards because they come with an assortment of two whale species, sharks, sting-rays, squid (baby squid are surprisingly adorable), and narwhals(!). A set features two of each animal.
You really can’t go wrong with these; we guarantee no matter which one your recipient gets, they’ll love it.
Tips For Sending A Sincere Thank You Note
Let’s begin at the beginning: to note, or not to note? That is the question.
There are a couple of paradigms of thought around the issue:
- Some guests will let you know at the shower or write a quick note on a card saying, “Please don’t go to the trouble of sending me a thank-you card.” To these sympathetic shower guests, we salute you for putting the comfort of a new mama first.
- There are others who subscribe to the etiquette of, “If you’ve thanked me in person, no need to send a card.” Again, thoughtful, but those who couldn’t be there in person would certainly be touched by a thank-you card.
- Hardcore, old-school. Every gift received requires a thank you note, and if I don’t get one, you’re rude. Period.
The truth is, it detracts from the sincerity and meaning when a thank you card is sent out of obligation.
If you’ve already got a baby on your hands (probably both of them all the time), we’re quite sure your guests will understand. If they don’t, well, you can’t win ‘em all.
BUT, if you’re still waiting on the new arrival, and/or have the time, there’s something very, very rewarding about sending out thank-you notes as a meditation on gratitude and your appreciation for your friends and loved ones. It makes you feel good, it makes them feel good, and it deepens the ties between you.
Let’s be clear– if you don’t do that, it absolutely does not mean you’re not grateful and appreciative. It can be a very moving experience if you’ve got the time and mental capacity (read: sleep) to do it.
When Should I Send Them?
Usually, thank you notes are sent two or three weeks after the shower. If the star of the shower has already arrived by this time, again, take your time and get to it when it’s not an unwanted chore.
Pro Tip: If you’re really strapped for time, include a quick “thank you” in your announcements to whom it applies and kill two birds with one stone. Done.
What Should I Say?
Whatever’s on your mind, really, but there are a couple of things your thank-you cards should include, regardless of what else you’d like to say.
- Always mention the gifts – It’s always a great idea (if not downright required) to designate someone at the shower to write down who gifted you what so you can get specific in your notes of thanks. If you don’t, your thanks may end up sounding flat and generic, in which case you may as well not send any at all.
- Let them know they were missed – If you’re sending a card to a guest who couldn’t make it to the shower, in addition to mentioning the specific gifts, be sure to let them know that they were missed and you’re looking forward to seeing them again soon.
- Better late than never – If you’ve got to delay sending out your cards, no big deal. Maybe apologize, maybe give a reason, either way, just be sure to mention that because your thanks is late doesn’t mean your appreciation and gratitude for their thoughtful gifts has diminished.
- Special appreciation to the host – If a friend or family member hosted your shower, it’s pretty much non-negotiable to send him/her a thank you note unless they’ve specifically expressed their wish for you to save your energy.
Here’s An Example
Try something like:
The arrival of a baby is without fail one of the most powerful things that can bring people together, with gratitude taking a close second.
Count yourself lucky to have those people to share the days full of joy and exhaustion, bliss and frustration, and the laughter and tears that come with all of it.
On behalf of us all, congratulations! 👶