Write thank-you notes as soon as possible, preferably within two or three days. Try to acknowledge holiday gifts before New Year’s Day.
- The sooner you write it, the easier it is
- Write the note as if you were speaking with the person
- Keep it short and sweet
- Personalize the note with the gift and giver
- Focus on the positive and don’t mention any dissatisfaction with the gift
A thank you note is always appreciated, but a note isn’t needed if you’ve thanked someone in person for a gift—the most personal thanks of all. If you receive gifts from family members that you won’t see to thank in person, write them a thank you note, both to let them know their gift arrived and that you liked it. Remember that relatives from ‘the old school’ may still expect a written note even if thanks were given in person.