So, before you get back to the grind of your regular work routine in the new year it’s a good idea to get your thank you notes out to those who took out the time and were thoughtful enough to buy you a gift. No matter how big or small, every gift-giving gesture deserves a thank you note.
You might think sending someone a quick email or even a tweet might be enough. But is it the right thing to do? Is there a certain etiquette or protocol that needs to be followed when you want to thank someone?
The Huffington Post shares some thank you note etiquette rules outlining the proper way to thank someone for a gift:
What’s the proper way to thank someone for a gift?
Handwritten thank you notes are bar none the best way to show appreciation. In this day and age many of us don’t have the time, stationery, or stamps to post individual cards in the mail. Luckily there are some fabulous alternatives that allow you to send cards by pressing a button rather than licking an envelope. E-cards are the thank-you writer’s new best friend. They offer the feeling of a beautiful thank you note arriving in the mail without any of the fuss. You never have to go to the store to pick out psychical cards, there are a vast number of options to choose from, and it’s super simple to tailor each card with its own message if you’d like, or save yourself the trouble and skip that step just as easily. There are whole slew of sites offering wide selections of “thank you” cards that you can send with the click of a mouse.
The forgotten phone call.
Another “thank you” that often gets overlooked but is actually one of the best kinds you can give, is a simple phone call when you receive or open your gift. People don’t talk on the phone like they used to because emails and texts are so easy. So calling to say, “thank you” is a gift in return. The call will be hugely appreciated even if you can only chat for a couple of minutes or have to leave a message on their voice mail or answering machine. Emails and texts are generally not acceptable ways of saying “thank you” because of their impersonal nature. That goes double for using social networks like Twitter or Facebook to post your “thank yous.” It can be nice to post in these places, but they are not acceptable outlets for “thank yous.” If someone was generous enough to take some time to pick out a gift just for you, the least you can do in return is give them a proper “thank you”.
Saying thank you is just a part of common sense everyday etiquette, but saying it the right way is important to give the gift-giver the respect and courtesy they deserve. For more everyday etiquette tips make sure to keep coming back to our blog!