Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Horse Pucky Advice: Thank You Notes

Dear Horse Pucky,

What's with people today?! When I was a child, my mother always stressed the importance of writing and sending a thank you note for gifts received on birthdays and special occassions. She said is was good manners and made the gift giver feel appreciated. For those gifts that are mailed it also lets the gift giver know that the post office delivered your gift to the correct address and in one piece.  

It seems the mannerly practice of thank you notes has gone by the wayside. Tsk-tsk. What are your thoughts on this? Am I being too old fashioned?

~Disgruntled Gift Giver

Dear Disgruntled,

I agree with your mother. A simple thank you note is not only good manners; it's the least one can do when receiving a gift from another person.

You're not old fashioned at all. If someone is thoughtful enough to spend time and money to buy a gift, then the receiver of the gift should take five minutes and write a thank you note, whether the gift is mailed or not.

Some people are ignorant, just plain lazy, or worse yet...neanderthalls.

~Horse Pucky

4 comments:

lightly said...

Dear Disgruntled,

that ship has sailed.
in the good old days we bought gift with thought and for the people we liked, now we have to buy gifts because you on the list or you bloody bought one for me.
now i could thank you with a note for that cheap $1 gift that was left over from all the other crap you have been giving out or i can re-gift some junk someone gave me.

so if you got a thank you note then treasure it, if you want to send one then you do that too but remembers no one gives a horse pucky, do what you think is right for you

Pamela Beers. said...

"lightly" is always full of good advice.

Actually, horse pucky makes a great gift. You can order it right here for $7.00/gift bag. Your indoor house plants will love you.

~Horse Pucky

Randy Johnson said...

I might have thought it was a generational thing, but this year we gave some very modest graduation gifts to two teenagers (from different families) and received very nice (written and mailed) thank you notes from both. We also gave a moderately expensive wedding gift to a 40+ year old couple, and (almost a year later) have yet to receive a thank you of any kind.

Pamela Beers. said...

It's all in the way one is brought up. Personally, I always send thank-you-notes and so do my children and my grandchildren.

Those are the things that make us compassionate human beings and not just a bunch of orangatangs.

Now that I think about it, I did get a thank-you note from an orangatang once. I sent he and his mate a basket of oranges.