In recent years our society has moved farther away from handwritten letters and phone calls and has become more dependent on quick text messages and emails. I remember the days of going on vacations and picking out postcards to send home to my friends and family. I even remember my Senior of high school getting my college roommate assignment and sending her a letter in the mail with my picture introducing myself. These were the days before Facebook and smart phones made it so easy to quickly communicate with others. I, too, am guilty of mostly relying on digital forms of communication, but there is something about receiving some good old fashioned snail mail that still excites me!
One thing I find important is to take the time to send handwritten thank you notes. This is something that I have always tried to do any time someone sends me a gift for my birthday, Christmas, or whenever. I believe taking the time write out a thank you, even if it is only three sentences, shows that other person how much you really do appreciate their gift. A handwritten note is also something someone can hold onto forever or keep on their desk for a few weeks as a sentiment. An e-mail is usually read and then gets deleted so it is much less personal.
Generally it doesn’t take more than five minutes to write a quick note, however; there are times when you may have to write a lot at once like for wedding or baby shower gifts. The task can seem quite daunting but there are ways to help save you time. One of my biggest time-saving tricks is to have a self-inking address stamp. I ordered mine from the Tiny Prints gift center and couldn’t be happier. I love the look of the stamp and it’s so easy to use! It definitely saves me time not having to write out my return address on each card.
I know I appreciate when someone sends me a thank you acknowledging they received my gift so I try to do the same for others. It doesn’t take much time and really only costs the amount of a stamp.
The next time you receive a gift consider sending a handwritten note to tell that person how much you appreciate them. You will be sure to bring a smile to their face. 🙂