Thoughts on Thank You Notes: Do You Send After Christmas?

When I got this lovely lined basket for Christmas, filled with some “carefully crafted, thoughtful, gourmet, Italian” ingredients (post to come), I knew I wanted to fill it with something special and not just store it with my other baskets.

I’ve also had a running list of “thank you notes” running through my mind, of people I need to thank for some savory meals that we’ve had over the holidays.

I’d love to hear your thoughts regarding whether you send thank you notes for every single gift you receive at Christmastime, or if you forego notes for verbal thank you’s?

I tend to send thank you notes for dinner parties or meals that we’re invited to at Christmas, but not for every gift, plate of cookies, or loaf of bread. I think at Christmas a call or an email or a “thank you” at the time of delivery is enough.

I decided to fill this lovely basket with my collection of thank you notes. What a brilliant idea! To have a place of their own, a basket I can carry over with me to the sofa and sit down and think and write …

Okay, this is my favorite box of cards that I have right now. I bought them at the CIA in Napa Valley during this trip

But usually I find my thank you notes at yard sales during the summertime. You can get such a bargain on unique cards this way.


Which reminds me, I have a few to write right now …

How do you handle thank you notes at Christmas time? And how do you store your cards?

40 comments on “Thoughts on Thank You Notes: Do You Send After Christmas?”

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  6. I love your idea of using the basket as a “home base” for all your thank you note stuff. I actually have a whole desk basically set up as my thank you note factory. I set it up one Christmas, and it has remained ever since….

    Thanks for the tips!

    (also, i just started a site dedicated to the art of the thank you note… more to come from me i bet!)

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  8. Its a bit of a dying art isn’t it (sadly), but I love sending little notes & cards for special thank you’s. Love your idea too, nice one.

  9. Where I live, thank you cards are not the norm, so when I send them, people get so surprised and happy that they actually call me to thank me! Funny isn’t it : )

  10. I’m really bad about sending thank yous! I didn’t send out many of my wedding thank yous until 4 months after the wedding, and finally I decided that it was too late to send the rest. Embarrassing! I didn’t grow up writing thank you cards for presents, so I always thought a verbal thank you was enough. Remembering to send a card is something I need to work on this year!

    I love your silverware cards!!! Perfect for a dinner party thank you!

  11. I just finished reading a new book “365 Thank You’s” (excellent book BTW) and Christmas gifts were the first Thank You mentioned…I’ve never written a Thank You note for a Christmas gift which almost seems to imply that it’s expected, depiste that I really don’t feel that way.

    I think I’m going to start writing them now. My sister and I (she’s 28, I’m 33) often write Thank You’s and general letters to each other even though we are “friends” on fb and have e-mail, phone, etc…we sledom communicate by those means.

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  12. I’m sitting with a box of notes beside me right now. I love thank you notes – sending and receiving. I think my main beef is when I send gifts away and never receive acknowledgment.

    As far as storage, I am a stationary addict. I love pretty paper. Pretty notecards. Nice boxes. I have some in baskets and some in bins and some in stacks in my desk. Need to work on that….

    • Kristin,

      Do you have a go-to place for great staionery? I’m in PHX so an online retailer would be best!

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