• Tammy Ewing Korecky

Question: Can I just send an email to say thank you for gifts?

Have you ever given a gift to someone and you were so excited for them to open it? Remember finding it? It was perfect, right? Have you sent a really wonderful gift but you couldn’t be there when it was opened and you were dying to find out if they loved it as much as you loved it for them? Have you ever spoken someone you sent a gift and they didn’t even mention it or say thank you? You didn’t get any acknowledgement that you even gave them a gift at all. Or maybe you received a thank you but it was a preprinted card of which they didn’t even sign and the envelope had an address label which had been done on the computer. Have you ever gotten an email that was sent like an E-vite to say thanks? What about a mass text or email? Do you remember feeling disappointed? Me, too.

A thank you should never be generic. It should never be sent with a feeling of obligation. It should never be preplanned or pre-fabricated or electronic.

What a thank you should be, first and foremost is genuine. A thank you should be unique to the giver and the gift received, by including their name, the gift given and your gratitude. And a thank you should be in your handwriting. I tend to liken a thank you to sending a love note. Maybe not with as intense of feeling but with the purpose of making sure the sender knows they’re thoughtfulness and time are just as appreciated as the gift itself.

It should take effort.

Live video can’t take the place of a hug and neither can an email take the place of mailing a handwritten thank you.

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