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Should you send a thank you note if you receive a gift?

Certainly! When you receive a gift, it’s a thoughtful gesture to express your gratitude. Here are some guidelines for sending thank-you notes:

  1. Written Notes: Always send a written thank-you note when you receive a gift, especially if the giver wasn’t present to be thanked in person. Handwritten notes are warmer and more special than other forms of thank-yous. Whether it’s a birthday present, a holiday gift, or a simple token of appreciation, a thank-you note shows your appreciation.

  2. Close Friends and Relatives: If the gift is from a close friend or relative (and it’s not a wedding gift), you can opt for an email or phone call instead of a written note. However, a handwritten note is still a lovely touch.

  3. Shower Thank You Notes: Even if the gift giver attended a shower in your honor and you had a chance to thank them in person, send a written note. It’s a gracious way to acknowledge their kindness.

  4. Wedding Thank You Cards: For wedding gifts, each one should be acknowledged with a written note within three months of receiving the gift. Write the notes as soon as possible after the gifts arrive, even if you’ve already thanked the giver in person.

  5. Congratulatory Gifts or Cards: Anyone who sends a present or a card with a personally written message deserves a thank-you note in return.

  6. Gifts Received During Illness: If you receive gifts during an illness, write thank-you notes as soon as you feel well enough. Alternatively, a friend or relative can write the notes on your behalf. The key is to acknowledge the gifts promptly without burdening the person who is ill or recovering.

  7. Condolence Notes or Gifts: Everyone who sends a personal note, flowers, or a donation should receive a written thank-you. Again, a close friend or relative can assist with writing the notes.

Remember, it’s never wrong to send a thank-you note, and people always appreciate getting “thanks” in writing. 

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