Thanks for the ugly sweater and thank you printables

December 30, 2012 in activities,Holidays,lessons for daughters

Links to printable thank you notesI am curious, is  writing thank you notes is old fashioned? Do you make your kids write them? I do. Every Christmas. Every birthday. We don’t have family in state so most of the girls’ gifts come in the mail. But if every gift the girls opened was in sight of the giver, I would still make them write notes. I think the discipline of writing is important–though my kids think thank you emails should suffice. Maybe. But most gift givers are older and like snail mail. A thank you note might make someone’s day brighter. Email or hand written, the practice of finding words to express thanks is the essence of the lesson. And when the gift is not very exciting or downright ugly, the practice of giving thanks teaches us the most.

Christ calls us to give a sacrifice of praise (Heb 13:15). I like to think that writing notes of thanks to friends and relatives to make them know the gift was valued (always valued, not always loved) is practice for being an adult and thanking God for all that He allows us to experience.

But really, thank you notes are not the subject of this post. If my child receives a gift that doesn’t fit, I allow her to return it and pick out something else or the same thing in a different size if it works out. Here is where I struggle though, when a relative sends a gift, without a gift receipt, that is ugly, ill-fitted, or a duplicate, what do you do? Just say thanks for the gift and give it away? Keep it anyway? Be honest and ask if the relative still has the receipt? I generally assume that if a gift receipt is not included, then the relative wants us to keep the gift regardless. But sometimes I forget to include gift receipts and I always prefer a gift be returned if unwanted, rather than be given away or sit unused in a closet. Of course, the giver’s personality plays a role too.

But I am curious what others think. How do you direct your kids when it comes to gift returns (especially if it is a case of a picky receiver)? Do you make your kids write thank you notes? I wonder just how old-fashioned I am…..

For other old fashioned mommas out there, here are some sites with cute thank you printables because writing on a card that shows off personality is more fun…..

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Alexa January 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Good question… luckily we didn’t have that issue, but I think I would just try to exchange it or something and just send a thank you anyway. Thanks for those printables… i want my little ones to start sending thank yous too!


pruningprincesses January 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Hi Alexa, This was the first issue we had such issues, clothes that didn’t fit and that they didn’t like and duplicate gifts. Now that they are older they think of returned gifts as money to spend and the greed of it all was hard to handle. Oh how human we all are! My girls have been sending thank you notes since they could scribble! Have fun. I hope to “see” you around here again.


Alexa January 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Yes, I guess with older kids the idea of more money is appealing!! My kids still think $1 can buy them anything in the world! Bliss! Yes, you can count on me being around here!


Alexa January 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I found another site with some great options for free printable Thank Yous…


pruningprincesses January 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm

That’s a fun site. Thanks for sharing.


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