Expert advice: Thank-you notes for exchanged gifts

22nd July, 2013

Expert advice: Thank-you notes for exchanged gifts

Question: I have received duplicate gifts and exchanged them for other items in my gift registry. Do I thank guests for what they’ve sent me or for the item I exchanged it for?

Answer: Thank your guests for their thoughtfulness in giving you a present, but never mention on your thank you notes that you have returned or exchanged their gift. If you can avoid mentioning it at all, do so. Simply write a note of appreciation for the original gift. Do not also mention that you have received the same gift from another guest.

Quick tip: Thank you notes reflect your sincerity and gratefulness – write your thank-yous in the same tone you’d use if you’re talking to your guest face-to-face.

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