Post # 1
So, I was reading the thread just now about kids writing thank you notes. Growing up, I never wrote a thank you note or signed my name to anything :S But, now as an adult, I looooove writing thank you notes. I completely geek out over awesome stationary and neat stamps and personalizing the notes and just everything. My husband worries.
But here’s my question. In what instances should one send a thank you note? I’m due with our baby in August and I’ve already started recieving gifts. MIL found us a crib on the cheap and brought that over and I thanked her on FB and in person. His aunt made us the most gorgeous quilt and another got us this picture frame for the nursery that is just kickass. And there were in-person-upon-recieving hugs and thank yous and such. Should I still send a thank you? And, if so, how long after? Or would it be awkward when I already thanked them in person?
I guess I want to do the correct thing without coming off overzelous about it :3
Post # 3
@Extension54: I was raised to write thank you notes as a kid and now as an adult. Even if I thank someone in person for a gift, I still send a quick note of thanks. It is kind of a dying thing, and people like getting little handwritten notes in the mail.
Post # 4
Hmm, I would say it’s better to over thank than under thank. I think if you’re planning on having a writing set you use to send out thank you notes I would send them one.
Either all at the same time, or as you get things. I’d probably go for as you get them, as you do not want a huge pile of thank you notes to write/send after the baby is born.
It’s okay! I too am a total lover of stationary. I can’t get enough of paperchase!
Post # 5
I totally hear you on the awesome thank you card giving! I love the pretty stationary and making a very personalized thank you. If you can, I would send everyone a thank you note who has gotten you a gift. You can’t ever overdo a thank you. I’m sure they would appreciate knowing how extra special it meant to you. You could send them as you receive gifts, might be easier before the baby comes.
Post # 6
I think it’s really nice to get mail. I also think that a hand-written thank you note is always well received.
That being said, close family members who were present and thanked in person when you opened their gifts may not think you’re rude or ungrateful for not writing those notes; but a person with whom you have a more distant or formal relationship would probably think it odd (at best) if you didn’t promptly send a note thanking them for the gift.
Personally, I think my mom and best friends ought to know that I appreciate them and their generosity every bit as much as (and maybe more than) I appreciate the gifts I am given by coworkers. I write thank you notes to everybody who gives me a gift. I send the notes out promptly – waiting to send a thank you seems really weird to me. Why does one wait, what are they waiting for? New parents aren’t likely to have more free time after the birth of their child.
Thank people as they give a gift and the note is not only more timely, it’s also more personal AND the 10 minutes it takes to write one note is barely a noticiable chunk of time. If one puts off the notes, the hour it takes to write 6 at once can seem daunting.