Post # 1
My son is turning one soon, and we are inviting friends and family to a party we are hosting for him. I’m not sure if I should be sending out thank you notes for the gifts he receives. I’ve attended a couple baby birthday parties in the past several months, and I did not receive a thank you note for the gift I brought. It seems like those parents think thanking the gift giver in person is enough. Would you send out personal notes, or is this becoming unnecessary?
Post # 2
I personally would send out thank you cards, I think it’s a nice gesture, however I don’t think it’s mandatory.
Post # 3
I would send thank you notes. It’s a nice and polite thing to do, and I don’t plan on stopping just because most of the world now thinks it’s unnecessary 🙂
Post # 4
I personally send out thank you notes all the time, and would definitely send them out after the birthday party.
Post # 5
I would send thank you notes. It will be easier to teach your chilld how to write their own thank-you notes in the future, if you make a consistent habit of doing so yourself.
Post # 6
Bichon Frise: I would send out thank you notes. However, I attended a dear friends daughter’s 1st birthday 2 months ago and still have not received a thank you note for the gifts we gave her (even though she had a friend write down everything that was given and who it was from.) I always say it’s best to write a thank you note.
Post # 7
I would send thank yous. It’s a general politeness thing that I still appreciate, even though it’s becoming a lost art these days.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Yes, you write the thank you notes now and when your child is old enough you teach them how to write them for themself. It’s a lost art that is very much appreciated by the gift giver.
Post # 9
The general Emily Post rule of thumb is that you can send thank you notes for any and every occasion…if the person is not there in person to thank. While thank you notes are commonly associated with big events, like showers or weddings, I don’t think they are necessary for a birthday party (in my circle, it would be seen as strange; if someone isn’t there to thank in person, phone calls are usually made).
However, it is still a nice gesture.
Post # 10
In my family we thank the person when they give us the gift and we follow up with a thank you note. It seems as though people are veering away from notes but I will always send them even if I thanked the giver in person.
Post # 11
I just did send thank you notes for my son’s first birthday (well, a few months ago). I think it’s important.
Post # 12
I just received a ‘thank you’ card from a first birthday present. I was surprised and very pleased that the person took time to personalize a card for each person thanking them for their gift.
I don’t think its necessary (I went to another first birthday party the same weekend and didn’t get one), but its certainly appreciated and makes me think highly of the person for being so courteous.
Post # 13
I can’t remember the last time I got a thank you note for a kids birthday, or anyone’s birthday for that matter. Which, seems interesting since it’s customary and pretty much required of a person to send thank you notes after having a bridal or baby shower or wedding etc… Why the double standard? Food for thought… I’ll have to remember that come my son’s birthday’s.
Post # 14
I used to do that all the time, but I don’t anymore. No one ever does it, ever even if I was not thanked In Person, I still don’t get a call to say if the person even liked the gift, which is another issue.
Anyway, we thank in person. However, I had my daughters party yesterday and we opened gifts at home after the party so no one was thanked in person, so I am doing thank yous, especially since she got some super awesome gifts and I want people to know how much she love them.
Post # 15
Bichon Frise: My daughters first birthday party was Saturday. We will be sending out thank you notes. I’m not sure why you wouldn’t.