ETIQUETTE TIPS – THANK YOU NOTES
There is one fundamental way of expressing your gratitude when somebody has given you a gift, however big or small, or taken the time to do something for you, and that is to acknowledge the gesture with a hand written card or note – this still remains the gold standard of courtesy and good manners
A written note demonstrates to the receiver that you have taken the time to compose an individual message and reassures the giver of the gift that their efforts were appreciated. It’s always a lovely surprise when a personal note on lovely stationery arrives in the post!
Ideally you should send a thank you note within a few days of receiving a gift. With weddings, this can be quite a task, given the number of gifts you might receive; however following the ‘three month rule’ is a safe guideline.
When it comes to saying thank you, better late than never is invariably the case.
Points to remember:
– Personalise your notes, making reference to the person as well as the gift.
– Show enthusiasm in your tone of writing.
– Refer to the use you will make of the gift.
– Never express dissatisfaction or ask for a receipt so it can be exchanged or returned
– Keep it simple