When I was younger, my mother strongly urged me sit down and write thank-you notes to anyone had given me a gift. Gifts received for my birthday, Christmas, Graduation, any occasion at all, always required a personal handwritten thank-you note. I am glad she encouraged this habit and it is something I have continued to do and will make sure Molly does as well. My cousins Ben and Reed (who are 16 and 13) have been writing thank-you notes for years and I think it's just the most precious thing. Sure, they are super short but I love receiving a note from them. It's just good etiquette to acknowledge someone's generosity.
I did some reading from Emily Post because lately I have been wondering: Do you "need" to write a thank-you card for a hostess gift? I truly couldn't find an answer. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment today and let me know what you think. If you host a party and someone brings you a gift, do you write thanking them for the bottle of wine, or ornament, or whatever cute hostess gift they gave you? Play Emily Post (or Peggy Post) for the day and whomever gives the best advice, I will send a PSA Rosetta's Peel & Stick pack.
Carly Robertson did some beautiful thank-you cards for us. She stamped using PSA Rosettas and colored it up. The sunny yellow would brighten up anyone's day, and she ties those bows so perfectly!
Carly also created this "Have a Beautiful Day" card, which would be perfect to send as a thank-you note, too. She stamped the tree from PSA Topiary – one of our best selling collections.
Here are here top 10 do's and don'ts for writing thank-you notes, according to Emily Post. Have a great day!
- Do personalize your notes and make reference to the person as well as the gift.
- Do remember that a gift should be acknowledged with the same courtesy and generous spirit in which it was given.
- Do be enthusiastic, but don't gush. Avoid saying a gift is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen unless you really mean it.
- Don't send form letters or cards with printed messages and just your signature; don't use email or post a generic thank you on your wedding web site in lieu of a personal note.
- Do promptly acknowledge the receipt of shipped gifts by sending a note right away or calling and following up with a written note in a day or two.
- Don't mention that you plan to return a gift or that you are dissatisfied in any way.
- Don't tailor your note to the perceived value of the gift; no one should receive a perfunctory note.
- Do refer to the way you will use a gift of money. Mentioning the amount is optional.
- Don't include wedding photos or use photo cards if it will delay sending the note.
- Don't use being late as an excuse not to write. Even if you are still sending notes after your first anniversary, keep writing!
- Many Thanks: Cardstock: white (Papertrey Ink.); Pattern Paper: yellow gingham (A Muse); Stamps: PSA Rosettas (PSA Essentials), sentiment (A Muse); Fibers: yellow saddle stitched ribbon (Papertrey Ink.); Gems: rhinestone (A Muse); Markers: Copics; Tools: large scallop circles (Spellbinders)
- Beautiful Day: Cardstock: white (Papertrey Ink.); Pattern Paper: yellow Vintage paper (A Muse); Stamps: PSA Topiary (PSA Essentials), sentiment (A Muse); Fibers: yellow stitched ribbon and flower trim (A Muse); Markers: Copics; Tools: metal tag (Making Memories)