One of the most frustrating things for those who attend a wedding, shower, birthday party, reception, anniversary party, or another event where gifts are given is the perceived lack of gratitude shown by those who receive gifts. Guests spend time and money to purchase a gift, yet many people fail to say thanks.
Etiquette states that thank you notes should be written, not just made verbally by phone, e-mail, or in person. Notes should be sent within three months of the event, if it is a large event with many gifts. For smaller events, such as birthday parties, showers, or anniversary parties, notes should be written within a month. However, a late thank you note sent several months after the event is better than not sending a note at all.
Though we are becoming an increasingly casual society, let’s not forget our manners. Let’s remember those who took the time to do something special for us by letting them know we appreciate their effort.