It has happened to almost all of us, and the problem is that it seems to be happening more and more frequently. Card giving etiquette, and good etiquette in general have taken a dive over the past couple decades, even more noticably over the past couple years.
What is the reason for the lack of a personal response, such as a Thank You card, or even a note of gratitude? It seems that more and more people find it unecessary to send Thank You cards these days, and being middle aged, it’s very funny to compare the generations on either side. The older generations always send, and expect to receive Thank You cards, and they will send them for many different occasions, not just when gifts are received, but also when they have been invited to dinner, taken to a sporting event or to a show. The younger generations don’t even think about sending Thank You cards for such things. Do these generations just have a sense of entitlement that makes them feel that they don’t need to say thanks for gifts received or kind gestures that they benefited from?
I read a small article about sending Thank You’s that touched on the fact that there are other ways to show appreciation these days, primarily by sending an email rather than a Thank You card, but it mentioned the fact that even though email is delivered immediately, a hand-written Thank You card gives a touch of personality that can’t be matched through an email.
So what should you do when you don’t receive a Thank You card after giving a gift, or going out of your way to help someone out? I guess that really depends on your personality, but one great option that works for many personality types is to send a You’re Welcome Card. This is a great option for those of us who are sarcastic, for those of us who are offended by the fact that we didn’t receive a Thank You, for those of us who just like to give our friends a hard time, for those of us who think it’s our job to teach others proper manners and etiquitte, and so on.
What do you do when you don’t receive a Thank You card?