At this time of the year I see the most serious E-mail faux pas run rampant. Assuming it is okay to send “thank you” e-mails for gifts received over the Holidays in lieu of actual thank you cards. Thank you cards seem to be on the decline due to overall lack of manners in our culture.
Gift givers take the time to think about and purchase a gift just for you. Especially with these economic times where dollars are tight the fact someone thought enough about you to spend their hard earned dollars to buy you a gift is worth a little extra effort isn’t it?
They then wrapped it up and put a bow on it and gave it to you as a Holiday gift. In response, all you do is send off a quickie e-mail!?
Thoughtful is as Thoughtful Does
Even if something was sent to your home because it couldn’t be delivered personally; don’t cheap out and send a thank you e-mail! When out returning or exchanging gifts, use one of your gift cards to buy some nice thank you cards.
Then, as part of your Holiday traditions, include sitting down in the days following the Holidays and send handwritten notes reflecting you appreciate the time, expense and effort others made on your behalf. And most importantly, teach your children to do the same.
My parents taught me to send “Thank You” cards whenever someone did anything nice for me — even if it didn’t include a gift or them purchasing something. It’s a natural reaction and one that I wouldn’t think to disregard. I get hundreds of e-mails every day and e-mail is part of my business and my life — probably more than most. But I would never think to not sit down and send a handwritten thank you card to everyone who was kind enough to think of me.
Thank You Cards Never Go Out of Style!
E-mail is a great communication tool however it is not meant to replace everything! Old fashioned, hard copy, handwritten thank you cards are one of these things that should not be replaced by e-mail. Thank you cards that you purchase, write and address, then stick a stamp on to later show up in someone’s snail mail box is the most genuine way to show sincere gratitude.
Yes, you can take the easy, the lazy way out and send an e-mail. But before you do, instead, imagine the delight of the person on the other side to find that their gift was valued so much that you took the time to send a personal handwritten thank you card.
Do this all year round; not just for the Holidays.
If you appreciate the kindness shown you by others, say it with actions as well as words.
~ Napoleon Hill