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Thank You Notes

Thank You Notes

Date: Nov 20 2020

Themes: Friend, How To


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In the US, many people write thank you notes when they receive a gift. It is considered the minimum courtesy toward the gift-giver to acknowledge the thoughtfulness and usefulness of the gift.

However, many Americans never write thank you notes, the younger generations especially. It seems that we may be losing this custom.

If you are in the States and someone gives you a gift to honor your arrival, your birthday, a holiday or any other occasion, it is best to write them a card thanking them for the gift. It is also nice to thank people who let you stay in their home or cook a meal for you.

A thank you note can be very brief. Here is an example:

Dear Mrs. Robinson,
Thank you so much for the bracelet you gave me for my birthday. It will always remind me of you and of my visit to your city. I appreciate your thinking of me.
Warm regards,

After you write it, make sure you have the correct address, put a stamp on it and drop it in the mail.

Listen to Amanda and Kevin talk about thank you notes.


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Amanda:  Mm, salad.

Kevin:  I’m feeling frustrated. So I gave a good friend of mine a gift two weeks ago.

Amanda:  Uh huh.

Kevin:  And I’ve yet to get… I sent her a gift two weeks ago and I have yet to get any notification of, of receipt of the gift.

Amanda:  Um, that’s probably one of my biggest pet peeves right now. When I was a kid, my parents taught me to write a thank you card that moment.

Kevin:  Immediately.

Amanda:  Write the card. Put it in the mail.

Kevin:  That’s right.

Amanda:  Nobody does it anymore and it drives me crazy.

Kevin:  It’s, it’s gone out of style, I guess. I think it’s incredibly rude.

Amanda:  Do you think it’s inconvenient? Or people don’t know to do it? Because maybe they weren’t raised and taught to write a thank you card.

Kevin:  I think it’s a combination of both. I think because the custom has kind of gone by the wayside. People aren’t doing it as much and… or they just never learned. Kind of like tipping. Some people just aren’t good tippers…

Amanda:  That’s horrible.

Kevin:  ‘Cause they didn’t learn from their parents.

Amanda:  It’s absolutely horrible.

Kevin:  Yeah.

Amanda:  With wedding gifts, you know, that excuse, you have a year.

Kevin:  That is BS.

Amanda:  That’s, that’s BS.

Kevin:  Yeah.

Amanda:  Total BS.

Kevin:  I agree.

Amanda:  And people run with that year and they go into the next year and they say, “Well, I missed the deadline. Oops.”

Kevin:  It’s ridiculous.

Amanda:  Not OK. Not OK.

Kevin:  Very rude.



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Kevin sent a gift to his friend but hasn’t heard whether the friend received the gift.

Amanda thinks it is rude not to write a thank you note for a gift you receive. That’s what her parents taught her to do.

Kevin thinks the custom has faded. People don’t take the time to write a thank you note, or they just weren’t taught that it is the polite thing to do.

What do people do in your country when they receive a gift?

Do you write thank you notes?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

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03:59 AM Nov 24 2020 |



yeah , It’s an old custom and now a days people do not write thank you notes at all,what we do actually to acknowledge a gift is just say thanks to that person by call them or by sms.

Whenever I got gift, I call that person and let them know how important this gift is for me and say thank for that.

05:16 AM Oct 02 2013 |



Last time when i got a gift from my friend, i send her an E-mail thanking her for her nice parfume.. that’s all!


04:43 PM May 14 2013 |

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its not necessory to send a card , I mean this is an old fashion, I simply send sms or call the person who sent me a gift or did me a favor and thank him personally, this is much easier and faster :).

04:35 PM Apr 26 2013 |




i encourage that habit

mean thanking by notes

05:32 PM Sep 16 2011 |




In Turkey , we say ” thank you for your gift ” at verbal matter. we desire to respond it more beautiful gift . You may say or write a card. It doesn’t matter . If a person take a gift or help from the someone., he or she absolutely has to express his or her gratefulness . Otherwise is opposite of humankind.

08:29 AM May 13 2011 |



In My Country!People don't writes thanks you notes.May be they wrote thank you notes before 1990.Nowadays people using technologhy to communication.If I wrote a thank you note or letter to my firend,ıt would be more better.But using technology more easier.

04:33 AM Apr 08 2011 |


Viet Nam

just simply say thanks, i hate truoblesome etiquettes

12:37 PM Feb 06 2011 |




10:16 PM Jan 04 2011 |


becmoonSuper Member!


it is nice to say thank you to the person rather than in a note i think!

04:32 PM Oct 15 2010 |


United Arab Emirates

we say thanx, and plz keep sending gifts:)

03:22 AM Sep 09 2010 |



United States

We use to express our thankful by visiting people who sent the gift and thank them personally for the gift or present.

03:14 AM Aug 13 2010 |



We just say thank you to the gift-giver.. and in my opinion it's enough polite! we don't feel the need of scratching the gift-giver's balls!

04:52 PM Jul 16 2010 |



In China, a thank you note seems not so popular, we will seek another chance, i.e.birthday or other festival, to return our thnks to the gift-givers

04:49 AM Aug 20 2008 |



Thank u notes really makes the person know how much u appreciate it.so it really fantastic to voice out thank u!!!!!!God bless u                                                  




01:35 PM Aug 01 2008 |




we should take "thank you"all the time, shouldnt we?

12:43 PM Dec 28 2007 |



it is hard to listen this conversition.i finish the anwser after readding the text.

10:23 AM Dec 26 2007 |



in my country,sometimes people write thank you notes when recieving the gift.most of times,they just say’thank’.

11:56 AM Dec 11 2007 |



just say "thank you "and smile to you!

03:36 AM Dec 11 2007 |



In india, we just say "thank u".Its nice to send back a thank u note or a gift.

05:08 AM Dec 04 2007 |

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