One more perk of having a baby? Those incredibly generous gifts. But you know the rules: Once you unwrap that sweet receiving blanket, it's time to pen the proper thank you. And this is one instance when an e-mail won't do. We've found 16 of most the perfect thank-you cards, each one reflecting your fun, fashionable aesthetic. After all, they may be for baby gifts, but let's be honest -- these notes are really from you.
Owls are a huge trend right now -- and this mama and baby version is cute without being cutesy. Best of all, these cards don't scream "thanks for the baby gift," so they can be used as regular stationary later.
Yes, gators can be cuddly. With design elements at both the top and the bottom, there's not much space left to fill -- making them perfect for dashing off a quick thank-you (trust us, you'll love time-savers once the baby comes).
- Alligator Note Card, $40 for 40, available at lemontreepaperie.com
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Everything sounds better in French, including thank you -- one reason why we love these hand-stamped Francophile cards made from recycled paper. The bejeweled bird's eye adds a glammy 3-D touch.
Bird and elephants: two of our favorite critters come together in these muted cards.
A Little Birdie Told Me
We love the gender-neutral palette and the linen-paper crispness of these birdy cards, which can be used for more than just baby thank-yous.
The inside continues: "but I look seriously cute in these new threads you sent." Your gift-giving friends will laugh the tongue-in-cheek message here -- knowing your friends will think it's funny may just give you extra motivation to plow through your thank-yous. Of course, these only work for gifts of clothing, but trust us, you'll be seeing a lot of them!
A Whale of a Thank-You
Attention, prepsters: The playful whale motif -- good for boys and girls -- and unexpected burst of yellow inside the envelope make for a classically chic, Nantucket-y thank-you.
In the Pink
This elegant personalized card is perfect for a girly girl, and can be used later for thank-you notes she writes herself.
It's easy being green with these eco-friendly note cards, made of recycled paper and printed with soy-based inks. We love the bright orange hue, the cool graphic design and the unexpected maternal imagery.
Under the Sun
Surprisingly modern and not-at-all-babyish, order these cards before the babe arrives, but don't send them until he's here.
It took six months for you guys to agree on her name, so now that she's "Ariana" use it every chance you've got! These preppy chic cards by Checkerboard are perfect for name dropping -- you'll just want to hold off using them for thank yous until after she's born. Hard to wait, we know! Customization available, of course. $91 for 50 cards; find a retailer at checkernet.com.
We love this card's tweet (um, sweet) style and mod look, plus its extra-large size is perfect for slipping in a photograph with your note. $118 for 40 cards; iomoi.com.
Get in Line
With a lined envelope and a polished two-tone color palette, this simple clothesline design in a modern turquoise hue makes a classically beautiful statement. $15 for 10 cards; crane.com.
The vintage baby carriage motif on these customizable letterpress cards makes them an elegant choice for mamas who want a slice of sophistication with their selection. Comes only in pink. $175 for 75 cards; dauphinepress.com.
The perfect blend of whimsical and hip (just like you), this gorgeous giraffe oversees your sweet sentiments. $60 for 20 cards; minnieandemma.com.
This elegant letterpress card uses an intricate drop crystal Florentine pattern for its motif and comes off more couture than cute. $396 for 50 cards; find retailers at peculiarpairpress.com.
THY06 Spindles Thank-You Note Cards, $4.50 per card; call (415) 407-7247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
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