Unfortunately, the invention of text messaging, instant messaging, and email have all but halted one of the most important parts of etiquette in my opinion – the thank you note. There is nothing like receiving a handwritten thank you note from someone. Handwriting a note is more personal and shows you took the time to really think about and appreciate the person you are thanking.
Here are a few tips for writing the perfect thank you note:
1. Write thank you notes within a timely manner, but if you forget…it’s better late than never!
2. Always make a specific reference in the note – whether about the gift or nice gesture or about the person who gave the gift or nice gesture.
3. Use appropriate paper. In other words, don’t use a torn out piece of notebook paper.
Thank you notes are definitely required, in my opinion, for the following:
After receiving sympathy cards, gifts, etc.
Baby Shower Gifts
After a party was hosted in your honor
After being entertained by a friend or boss
After receiving gifts from a hospital stay
After an overnight stay at someone’s home
Hmmm…I really can’t think of any more, but the rule I typically follow is if someone went out of their way to do something nice for you they should have a handwritten thank you note in return.
Erin Sharplin Love