As you well know, I am a firm believer in the beauty and importance of a well written thank you note. There is nothing that communicates grace and appreciation better than a thank-you note sent the old fashioned way. That said, it is easy to get a little confused about when it is best to send a note or when a phone call would be sufficient. Below is a go-to guide, according to Emily Post, that is sure to solve all of your thank you note woes!
Occasion: Birthday, anniversary, holiday, and other gifts
Obligatory: Always, unless you have properly thanked the individual in person.
Optional: Only if you have given thanks in person. Even if so, a note in the mail is always appreciated.
Occasion: Shower gifts
Obligatory: A note to each person who has given a shower gift, even if thanks were expressed in person.
Optional: Optional only if someone insists on no thank-you note.
Occasion: Gifts to an ill person
Obligatory: Notes to out-of-towners and calls or notes to close friends are obligatory as soon as the patient feels well enough to do them.
Optional: A close friend or relative of the ill person could write notes on his or her behalf, if desired.
Occasion: Congratulatory cards or gifts
Obligatory: All personal messages or presents must be acknowledged.
Optional: Optional for preprinted greeting cards with no personal message. Form letters from firms need not be acknowledged.
Occasions: Wedding gifts
Obligatory: Even if spoken thanks have been given, all wedding gifts must be acknowledged within three months of receipt, but preferably as the gifts arrive.
Occasion: Host/hostess gift received after visitors have left
Obligatory: Even though the gift itself is a thank-you, the host must thank his or her visitors (especially if the gift has arrived by mail).
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