Post # 1
If someone gives a bag of a bunch of kind of random stuff (eg, muffin tin, cooling rack, pan, spatula, etc,) when you write the thank-you note, is it appropriate to write out each and every thing? Or could you say something like “thanks for the kitchen items.”?
Post # 3
@red_rose: It’s more personal if you list every item… However, I think most people understand if they give numerous items that they will get a general description of the gifts just because the bride has so many thank yous to write.
Post # 4
I’m afraid of it sounding like one of those tax-deductible receipts that people get, where they list out each and EVERY item cuz it’s for tax-purposes, but make it sound like a thank-you note! haha…
Post # 5
Oh totally, it’s perfectly appropriate to categorize things, you don’t have to list each one. In fact on some of my less formal thank you’s I didn’t write specifically what they gave at all. I talked more about the wedding and things I know are happening with them with a simple mention of gratitude for a kind gift.
As long as it’s personal and doesn’t sound like wording from a hallmark card you’re good. Being specific is sometimes nice but not a requirement as far as I’m concerned. I always try to think about what I would like to hear in a card, and I would definitely not want a list of the items I know I purchased followed by a stilted ‘thanks’. Personal is the way to go.
For example, one guest gave us a gorgeous bamboo cutting board, some bowls and an ice cream scoop. My thank you was something like. “I’m so glad you were able to make it to the wedding. It was great to see you! The cutting board you gave us is seriously my favorite gift. It’s beautiful and [DH] makes fun of me for not wanting to cut on it because it’s so gorgeous and I don’t want to mess it up. We are so grateful for your generosity and support from the very beginning. It really means a lot.”
I think thanks for their presence, support, kindness, etc. is just as much or more important than thanks for items given.
Post # 6
If writing a big list of names would make the note awkward, you could write…
“Thanks for the kitchen items. The spatula is going to get a lot of use when Jimmy makes eggs on the weekends, and I can’t wait to put the baking pans/cooling rack into service. Wish you lived closer and could have some of my famous cupcakes!…” That sort of thing.
Even if they gave you a basket with 20 things in it, you should be able to explain why at least several of those things are especially appreciated without it being forced or fake.
Post # 7
I agree. If you were given several items, you should be able to mention a few of the more memorable/exciting ones; or the ones you’re able to explain how you are looking forward to using them. A more detailed mention is in order than “Thanks for the baking stuff” but no need to list “Dear Aunt Petunia, I really appreciated the 2 muffin tins, the whisk, the 2 inch spatula, the 3 inch spatula, the measuring cup….”
It is nice to mention how much you like an item and how you plan to use it though.