Growing up, I always sent hand-written notes in the mail to thank friends and family for the gifts they had given me. Now that I’m older, I still try and do this as much as I can because I know how it feels to gift something and never get a “thank you” in return. Now that we are firmly in the holiday season, it’s important to remember to show thanks for all of the gifts – big and small – that you are given.
While filling out a simple card and mailing it off fulfills your duty of saying things, I have a much better idea that really shows you appreciate the item you have been gifted. Plus, it’s still not all that difficult!
All you need to do is take a photo of the item that you were gifted. It’s best to somehow show the item in use, but you can be as simple or creative as you want. For example, if you were given a piece of clothing, you can put it on and take a fun photo of yourself, showing off the new shirt or dress. If you were given a DVD, how about taking a photo of it next to a bowl of popcorn and a drink, showing the gift-giver that you are about to have a movie night?
This is a great idea for kids because it allows them to be part of saying thanks without having to do much work. Take a photo of your child playing with their new toy, or showing off their holiday PJ’s from Grandma and Grandpa! It’s easy!
Recently I was sent a Jack Skellington Funko Pop from a friend. I thought it would be nice to take a photo of Jack among my bookshelves to show that I was utilizing the gift and it was something I could look at every day! I don’t want my friend to think I just shoved Jack somewhere, and this way she gets visual proof since she couldn’t give me the gift in person.
Once you’ve taken the photo, you can easily text or email it to the recipient, but I think going the extra step and printing off a copy to physically mail would be really nice too. If you opt to send your photo in the mail, might I suggest a little note on the back of it? This way the letter of thanks is permanently attached. Every time the gift-giver sees this photo, they can easily turn it over and see a little note of thanks on the back. It doesn’t have to be long. After all, your photo does most of the work. A simple “Thank you,”“I love you,” and/or “Happy Holidays” will do just nice! Be sure to include you or your child(s) name as well as the year. It’s nice to know exactly when the photo took place when the gift-giver looks upon the photo in years to come- and I’m sure they will!
By Lauren Becker
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