Thank-You Notes (& Their Importance)

shutterstock_94314610As soon as I was old enough to spell my mother taught me how to write thank-you cards. At the age of six I (of course) thought this process was boring and silly, but I enjoyed receiving presents so I went along with it. My mom explained that saying “thank you” is the proper thing to do when you receive a gift, it makes the person who gave it to you feel appreciated. Sadly the whole world did not have mothers teach them this rule of thumb. At least I’d prefer to think they were not taught this, otherwise I’d have to think a large portion of our population is now simply rude or lazy.

It baffles me how often I am not sent a card, email, or even a text to say that someone has received the gift I sent them. Whether it was a wedding, birthday, bridal shower, or baby shower… It is polite to thank your friends and family for generously sending you something. This also holds true if the gift was hand delivered. Heck, even if the person who gave you this gift saw you open it and witnessed how incredibly excited you were to receive it, you should still properly thank them.

Let’s put it in simple terms… Most of us are incredibly busy and work really hard for our money. This means that taking time out of our hectic schedules to pick out a thoughtful gift and spend our hard earned money on someone else is a really lovely gesture. In my humble opinion, thanking someone for going through this process is just common sense. If you don’t thank them, they are less likely to do this again when your next birthday rolls around. On the other side of the coin, if you go out of your way to make them feel appreciated they are more likely to get you an even more fabulous gift the following year.

I try my best to get thank-you cards sent out within a month upon receiving the gift. This is an acceptable timeframe because it won’t rush the process, yet allows the “giver” to know that you didn’t forget about them. There can be exceptions to this rule. For example: having a baby can put a halt on getting your shower thank you notes out, and a honeymoon can also put a delay on getting your wedding thank-you cards in the mail. This is perfectly acceptable if you’re a new mom or bride. However, in ¬†most cases a month is usually on the more generous side to say thank-you for a birthday, engagement or housewarming gift.

I’ve heard people say that they cannot afford to buy cards and/or stamps. I understand that times are tough for some people right now, but Target has adorable stationary that looks just as classy as some of the pieces one can purchase in high end paper stores. It isn’t about how much money you spend on your card stock, it is the thought that was put into getting that sweet little note in the mail. Who doesn’t love receiving a handwritten note amongst their bills and junk mail?! If buying stationary is truly not an option it is better to send an email vs. nothing at all, being gracious goes a long way.

In closing, whether you received the most incredible gift in the world, or something that you cannot wait to regift, make sure you thank whomever gave it to you. They put thought into making you feel special and that is priceless.

Xo, Simply Nina



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