Finding the right way to tell a friend "thank you" for a gift allows you to express your appreciation for your friend's thoughtfulness. More than one way exists, and depending upon your two personalities a combination of one or more of these approaches can be used to express your gratitude. Regardless of how you choose to say thanks, tell your friend that he was spot on in his choice of the perfect gift for you and offer specifics on how the gift was a great choice.
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Say thanks in person. If your friend has delivered a gift to you in person, thanking her in person is perfectly acceptable. Several schools of thought exist on whether you should also write a card if you thank someone in person. However, you should always say "thank you" the moment you are handed a gift.
Call the gift-giver if he sent the gift through the mail.
Write a note and include specifics about why you liked the gift and how you'll use the gift. For example, if your friend gave you a set of golf clubs, tell him "thank you" specifically for the golf clubs and talk about how the clubs will really help you practice your swing or that you can't wait to get out to your favourite greens to try them. This let's your friend know not only that you're acknowledging the specific gift he has given you, but also tells him that you have thought about how you're going to use them.
Ask about how your friend is doing and include some personal information about yourself if you're writing a letter or a card. For example, ask how things are going on a certain project that your friend is working on or about school. In return, talk about the happenings in your life. This is considered polite etiquette when writing a letter. As an added nicety, make sure that you write the note on nice stationery or in a card that reflects the person to whom you're addressing the "thank you."
Use the item. For example, if your friend gave you a shirt, wear it around her sometimes so that she knows you like it. Additionally, if you are together when you're wearing the shirt, tell her how many complements you've got on it, how the colour flatters you or how well it fits your personal style. Sometimes people are unsure that you like a gift even if you've said "thank you." This extra step helps assure them that you do.
Tell other mutual friends that you like the gift. Sometimes people don't quite believe that we like something until we hear the same message from someone else.
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