07 Mar

Etiquette :: Thank You Notes

We all have to write thank-you notes. Take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone and hating life when you see a list of names and a stack of notes. Just focus on the task at hand, thank your giver for the gift.  Remembering to be sincere in your writing will let the the gift giver know you appreciate him/her for thinking about you. Even if the gift from the heart translates to a wooden fish that sings and moves when you walk by.


All gifts should be acknowledged with a note. Everyone loves receiving mail and acknowledgement of their gift. You can even mention your singing fish has brought new meaning to the song “Take me to the River”.

Who should write the note?

Usually it is the person receiving the gift should write thankyou-cranethe note. However, in a group gift, one person can write the note and everyone else can sign. Also, for couples, it’s okay to split up the note writing duty. For little kids who are unable to write, an adult can write the message and the child can draw a picture or scribble their name on the card. Incorporating photos, children’s drawings—anything at all that compliments the sentiment is a-ok. Just remember to include a short written thank-you as well.


Write your notes as soon as possible, and don’t hesitate if you feel you’re late: a late note is always better than no note at all.


Email: Don’t do it, unless you already have established a casual relationship with the gift giver and you correspond via email regularly. At this time, an email thank-you may be appropriate. For most other people, the written thank-you is your best option to express expression your sincerity.


If you have a huge list, split the task over a course of a few days. You don’t want to get burned out. By scheduling some time, you won’t feel pressure to rush to work or finish before the game starts. You’ll be able to think more clearly and your focus will translate to through the words Above all, try to enjoy yourself and just think how awesome Billy the Bass is going to look in your living room.

(Image: Crane & Co; Modified for my purposes, but taken from Emily Post, my dream star)


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