Dear Ms. Cards Etiquette
Christmas is almost here, and I know some of my relatives will send me gifts I totally don’t like. How can I write a thank you card for something I hate? Please help!
Alex, everyone has those relatives that give gifts that make you think they’ve never met you before. I once had a relative give me a sweater I would never wear in public, but I had my Mom take a photo of me wearing it to include in the thank you card (and you better believe I smiled!). But really, the thank you notes don’t have to be that hard! Forget all about actually thanking them for the actual gift …
Here’s the trick: Don’t say thank you for the gift. Thank them for thinking of you, thank them for the time they spent choosing a gift. You don’t even have to mention the actual present. Remember, it really is the thought that counts sometimes. Some people just aren’t good at picking out gifts, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t try … and it’s the trying you’re really saying “thank you” for!