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Organizing your thank you notes

posted by Sarah on December 26, 2011 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • MomofTwoPreciousGirls

    I understand Thank You notes for weddings, showers and birthdays, but absolutely think it is ludicrous for Christmas!  If I give my mother a gift and she gives me a gift I don’t think we also then need to send each other Thank You notes!  Do we then send Thank you’s for the Thank You’s?  When does it end?

    There are exceptions, like if a client sends me a little something, I will send a thank you, but with family and friends where we are exchanging gifts, I don’t find it necessary.

  • Anonymous

    I think there is always room to send a thank you note. It makes people feel appreciated. However, it is a very laborious and time consuming process and because of this many people don’t like to do it. 
    But with a service like ours,, we do all the heavy lifting for you. All you have to do is choose a card, add your recipients contact info, write your message(s), and hit send. We print them out, stuff them, stamp them, and mail them off. And if you’re worried about it not seeming personal, we have proprietary technology to allow you to create a font out of their own hand writing and it looks very real.

  • Amy @ AboutOne

    I love these ideas!  I’m horrible with Thank Yous because it always seems like a huge chore.  But with these tips, it seems pretty easy.  

  • the4taylors

    I am teaching my children to write thank you notes for gifts received for christmas and birthdays.  we primarily focus on grandparents, aunts and uncles that want to hear their gift was received and appreciated.  I have mailed gifts to nieces and never even heard if they received it much less appreciated it.  I like recieving thank you notes from those I give gifts to when I cannot be there to see them open the gift.

  • MomofTwoPreciousGirls

    That’s a different scenario.  If the person is not there with you I believe the Thank You is warranted, phone call at a minimum when it comes to gifts that were sent by mail.  We actually skyped with all the grandparents and opened gifts “together”.  

    I sent a gift for my brand new nephew that was born end of October and had it sent…we live 700 miles from them so we have not seen him yet.  I have not heard a word from them.  Not even a TEXT!  The only reason I know it was delivered was my delivery confirm from UPS.  I don’t think that is right.  It’s especially disappointing since he is the first boy in our family and I have not even seen a picture of him since his birth.  The parents do not believe in social media so they don’t have a page we can go to to see him and they don’t ever send any pictures 🙁

  • Mom in PA

    Thank you notes are not just for weddings, showers and birthdays!  Why is Christmas any different??  I think it’s important and now that I’m a mom to one precious girl, I want to show her that it’s important.  I write them for immediate family and for say, the aunt and uncle who sent our daughter money and we didn’t see them over the holidays.  It’s a nice thing to show that we appreciate the thoughtfulness. 

  • MomofTwoPreciousGirls

    I just think it’s different when you are giving gifts to each other!  Those other events have an individual or couple as the only focus and recipients.  Therefore, those individuals should send a thank you to the people.  For a wedding or shower, it’s also not just a thank you for the gift, it’s a thank you for that person participating in one of the most important events (that don’t happen often) in our lives.  That’s different than Christmas (or birthdays, for that matter).  We all are together givng gifts to each other year after year!

  • Mom in PA

    I guess I kind of see what you’re saying.  It’s different to you when giving gifts to each other vs. gifts when there is a “focus” person(s).  I just always saw a thank you note as showing appreciation for time, effort and money spent…no matter what the occasion.  For me, it really doesn’t take that much effort to send a quick note, even if I had already thanked the giver in person.  In my husband’s and my families, Christmas gift giving is often chaotic with the kids.  While my husband and I get our thank you’s in at the time, I just send that extra note of appreciation afterwards.   Maybe it’s overkill, but I know that I like it when I get the occasional thank you note for something other than a shower or wedding gift. 

  • Dawn

    Thank you for asking my opinion regarding sending Thank You notes. I don’ t agree that a hand-written note has to be sent if you have received a gift and thanked the giver in person. I also think that if you received a gift by mail it is perfectly acceptable to call the giver that day and thank them. It is appropriate to send a hand-written aftera wedding or a funeral ,after having been a guest in someone’s home or after a job interview. When I send a gift it means more to me to get a call and hear someone’ s voice than wait a week or more for a thank you note.

  • tjm

    I love to write thank you notes…..birthdays, Christmas, acknowledging a kindness. When someone sends me an email thanking me for something I look forward to receiving the “real” thank you. Sadly, most of the time it doesn’t come. I
    have a drawer in my desk with hanging file folders and categories such as birthday, thank you, blank, sympathy, etc. I always keep cards on hand as well as writing papers, colored pens, etc. I could never work in a stationary store or I would be broke.

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