Cafe Cup Basket & The Ettiquette Of Thank You Notes

Cafe Cup Basket
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Everyone knows it's proper to say thank you after receiving a gift or good deed. However, many don't realize there's a proper way to thank people.

The Do's of Thank You Notes

Send your thank you notes as quickly as possible. Notes may be sent on informal stationery, except for wedding thank you notes which are generally sent on formal stationery. Always make specific reference to the gift that is the subject of the note, such as "Thank you so much for the blue sweater. Make it personal. The recipient will appreciate your taking the time to express yourself.

The Don'ts of Thank You Notes

Don't delay in sending most notes. Generally notes should be sent within a week of receipt of the gift or gesture. The only exception to this timing is as follows: 1. Thank you notes for hospital gifts should be sent as soon as the patient is well enough to send them, whenever that is. 2. The current guidelines for wedding gift thank you notes are that the notes should be sent within three months of receipt of gifts.

There is really no excuse for not writing a thank-you note. Make it a habit to write a note as soon as possible after the event or receiving the gift. And, please, teach your children to do the same.