Ettiquette question

  1. OK, hubby received several envelopes from the tenants of the building he is superintendent at, it's an office bldg, so these are businesses giving him tips. He got $50 from one $20 from another, and a fruit basket.

    Our question is, do we send a thank you since these are a thank you? I mean do you send thank yu notes for thank you gifts?? It would seem to me yes, but we haven't been in this situation before.

    Should he send a thank you note?
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  3. by   jacolaur
    Just a brief quick note of thanks for the thought and gift. He must be a great guy for people to acknowledge him this way! How nice...
  4. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i say yes too. i would make it simple with a blank card to say, thank you."
  5. by   nursedawn67
    A simple card stating "thank you for the thoughtful gift" would be nice.
  6. by   renerian
    Wow how nice! I think I would send a quick note..........happy holidays hoolahan.......

  7. by   funnygirl_rn
    Definitely..thank you notes would be a kind gesture.
  8. by   Stargazer
    Definitely send a thank-you note, but (IMHO) generic "thank you for the nice gift" notes are only a little better than no thank-you at all.

    For the fruit basket, he could say something like "After being surrounded by holiday junk food for weeks, the fresh fruit basket was a wonderful treat."

    For the money, mention something nice he was able to do using the amount given. For example, for the $50 gift he could say, "I used your gift to treat my wife to a nice dinner out." (Of course, then he has to actually DO it! )

    I buy my hairdresser a nice bottle of champagne every year as a thank-you for her services. She never fails to send me a prompt thank you note back, and I never fail to be charmed by it.
  9. by   Mkue
    I agree with the above posters. A thank you note would be nice.

    Nice gifts

  10. by   emily_mom
    I second all of the above...thank you notes are nice. They let the person know you received it if nothing else.

    You didnt grow up in a Southern Family did you?
    Honey as a child I grew up in a Southern town , raised in a southern family and is born and breed southern. In my utero experience it was ingrained that anything given to you deserved a thank you card, and there is a time limit. When the person has given you something, whatever it maybe, you have 24 hours to write and post the thank you card or the gift or what ever given will self destruct in your hands with in 5 seconds after the 24 hours has expired.
    I will have hyperventilation attacks if I even graze the 24 hour period. If you break wind near me , no matter how bad I will write you a thank you card.
    Just words to ponder
  12. by   Beach_RN
    My Dad was a Superintendant.... until he retired... We always sent out a thank card to everyone who was kind enough to give him a gift.
  13. by   rebelwaclause
    Hey Hoolahan....

    I noticed on your Christmas card you've got some printing skills! (Very nice by the way!). Why not print up some special thank you cards that revolve around Christmas gift giving? Something like:

    ", The _______ Family would like to thank you for your gift during this season of sharing. Happy Holiday's to you and yours"

    (Came out kinda corny, but word it with genuine sentiments?)

    Take care.
  14. by   hoolahan
    Thanks guys! I guess it was a no-brainer. I'll get right on it Rebel! (Only I need to go to Staples and get more blank cards.)

    Goodness gracious Zoe! No I am a Yankee! But, I thought even Ann Landers and the other etiquette queen gave you more than 24 hrs, I thnk it's two months for wedding gifts. (But just so you know, I sent mine out w/in two weeks.)