Thank you notes

Remember to send thank yous to folks who gave you gifts. It doesn’t really matter if the gift was small or big, a paper check, a gift card, or something wrapped in bright paper and a big bow. It’s common sense, common courtesy, and common etiquette to send a note of thanks especially if you’ve had no chance to SAY the word thank you.

E-mail thank you? Sure, why not? That’s probably contrary to “the rules” but I think e-mail to someone who uses e-mail to communicate is fine. There are some creative ways to do that including web based thank yous.

A thank you text? Honestly, in my experience, texts can be fun. I sent a birthday gift to someone who has at least once a week sent me a text telling me how much they appreciate my gift. The texts make me smile every time and I’m always glad I sent the gift.

I’m not perfect. I’ve been guilty of not sending a thank you. I’ve waited way too long too. Waiting too long doesn’t get you off the hook. A nice note is appreciated anytime.

It’s wrong to give a gift to be appreciated or reciprocated. Giving gifts should be heartfelt and without strings or conditions. But there is a certain small part of someone who gives a gift that hopes to hear a thank you and word of appreciation. They deserve it I think.

So, whether you just got a passel of Christmas gifts this year, or farther back, send a thanks. No excuses. Send them. It matters.

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Tell the truth, do you send thank you notes? Why not? Now is a great time to start a new habit. Yes, I’m talking to myself too!

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About Robin Arnold

Reader, writer, gardener, geek, maker of homes in several states, now settled in Virginia with husband Bob, and Hazel and Wilson the tabby cats.
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