May 19th, 2007 by AllGiftBaskets
We all know that gifts should be freely given, with no formal thanks expected, but acknowledgement of receipt is always appreciated. An e-mail thank you is acceptable if you are pressed for time, but a typed or handwritten note is a meaningful added gesture.
Like the gift that you received, a thank you note is an excellent goodwill builder, and a way to show your excellent manners.
Where to Begin
A good start for note writing, and an incentive to putting pen to paper, is quality stationery. Correspondence cards are perfect for a short note - taking the time to have them made will reflect well on you, showing the importance you place on your personal relationships.
Even for business correspondence, it’s appropriate to have the cards engraved or imprinted with your own name or initials, rather than your company logo.
Timeliness is Important
Try to send a note within two weeks of receipt of a gift. You want to avoid the embarrassment of getting an e-mail from the gift giver to confirm delivery.
Instead of starting with the obvious “Thank you for the…,” consider more dynamic alternatives like: “You read my mind! There is nothing I need more than a spa weekend.”
From there, you might describe how much you enjoy using / eating / displaying the gift, and then get to the actual “thankyou” part.
These tips should help you create a memorable message. No more excuses about not getting around to it. After all, good manners should never go on vacation.