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|Written by Miss Smartypants|
|Monday, 21 December 2009 00:00|
Dear Miss Smartypants,
What's the deal with thank you cards? Do I have to send them? I always thought it was enough if you thank someone in person when you get the gift. Please clarify.
Technically, yes, if you thank someone in person after you open your birthday (or Christmas, I suppose) gift, you've done your duty. That said, someone put time, effort, and money into getting you something, and, since you are not owed a gift, it wouldn't kill you to buy a pack of thank you cards from the dollar store and slap some stamps on them. "Dear Aunt Frances, Thank you for the book. I look forward to reading it. Love, Miss Smartypants." Easy stuff! You should always show appreciation when someone shows you kindness. It's that simple. Be specific and get them out quickly. I'll give you 'til Epiphany (Jan. 6).
Stamp of Approval,