Whether or not you love the gift or the giver, a thank you should always be sent for a thoughtful gift.[If you are the unfortunate recipient of some sort of rogue rude gift or gag gift, I don’t think a thank you applies.Does that mean you have to support causes you’re morally opposed to or companies you don’t like? But it does mean that just because you think someone should be dressing a certain way, you buy them clothes that suit your taste.If your brother really loves sports t-shirts, for example, buying him a fancy suit jacket because think it would look good on him, isn’t the most thoughtful thing to do.To that end, we’re going to spend a lot of time focusing on ways celebrate people without buying things, making things with your own hands and sharing tips from pros that will help you gift more thoughtfully (and cost effectively).But before we start making or thinking about gifts, I think it’s important to think about the actual people we’re celebrating. I find more often than not, people get stuck on what they would want or what they would want that person to have, rather than considering what means most to person.For example: If your sister is a huge fan of steak dinners and you’re a vegetarian, you don’t have to put yourself in a position where you are ordering meat from a fancy delivery catalog.
You can put a spin on it that suits your beliefs, etc., but don’t forget the person entirely.
A genuine, heartfelt holiday card can go a long way toward serving the same purpose of a gift (celebrating or thanking someone) and can be a much better answer when you don’t know enough about the person you “have” to give a gift to. Whether or not you liked the gift- or the recipient- a thank you should be sent.
Someone asked me online the other day if they ‘had’ to thank someone for a gift that was given by someone they didn’t like (who possibly didn’t buy the gift with their own money) and it surprised me.
But at basic level, gifts should never have to be matched in quantity or cost-point.
They should be matched only with genuine celebration of the other person.