The Etiquette of Thank Yous

Etiquette Expert Melanie Perko shared what we need to know about writing post-holiday thank yous.

• Any out of the ordinary dinner, bonus, company party, is a great reason to thank management for the gift.  Use a more business like approach for work:
• BUSINESS: Write note ASAP
• Example:  Ms.  Sandberg:  The department dinner in your home last weekend, is one my wife and I will remember for a long time. (sentence 1)
• We are still talking about the great baked potato bar you had in front of your roaring fireplace. (sentence 2)
• SOCIAL: E-mail or texts are great for the quickest thanks to close friends or relatives, then later when not expecting, use a written thank you, only 2 sentences:
• Example:  Aunt Jane:  I just wanted you to know I used the NYC cookbook you gave me, for my neighborhood potluck last night. (sentence 1)
• The sauce was so good I now have a permanent bookmark where I spilled on the recipe page (sentence 2 a little humor)
• If possible, use your own stationery or something indicative to you, rather than a "thank you card"
• Don't forget a stamp, many people write notes and then let them sit in a car, briefcase or on a desk because they don't have a stamp.  Order stamps on line.  Note: first class postage goes up 1/26/14 from .46 to .49 per stamp.
• Always date the note for historical value, and if saved, refers back to the event or gift.
• It's never too late to write a thank you note, who do you know who does not like receiving old fashioned mail?


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