Frequently Asked Questions
Obviously send them out as soon as possible, but within 2 weeks is generally acceptable. For wedding gifts, it's 2 weeks for presents received before the wedding and within one month for ones received after. For gifts received while you were sick, write them as soon as you're well enough.
No. But if you received a thank you gift and the giver wasn't there to thank in person, then yes, you should write a note. (If the gift is from a close friend or relative, you can email or call.)
This is really a judgment call on your part. A big over-the-top gift for a comparatively minor favor might embarrass the recipient and backfire on you. For example: Did you see the Seinfeld episode where Elaine buys George a cup of coffee, so he buys her a coffeemaker as a thank you? Elaine was more confused than impressed. In this case, a simple verbal "thanks" when George received the coffee would have been sufficient.
Yes. The notes can be similar though. Here are some interview thank you note samples.
It depends on the recipient. If you're thanking someone you know well and speak with often, email is probably fine. But for the rest of the crowd, you're better off with a handwritten note. Also take into account the effort that person put into your gift. Is it worth a quick email or does it deserve a warmer, more personal thanks?
More in Thank You Notes for Kids.
At least 4 sentences, roughly. Think--
More tips in the How To section.
When in doubt, write one! It's always a good idea. However, if you thanked the giver in person, or if you live with the giver, you can get a pass. Caveat: If it's a shower gift, write one even if you already thanked them at the shower.
Read more tips on the Etiquette page.