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by epi on October 24, 2013

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Teri October 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Is it acceptable to send a thank you for a thank you gift?

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Just Laura October 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm

It depends. I usually do if the gift was mailed/sent, so that the person knows it arrived safely. If it is handed to me, then I thank them in-person and no additional thanks is necessary. Personally, I do not expect anything in return when I send a gift of thanks.

My recently departed Grandma, however, would send a thank-you note for a thank-you note received, as she wanted to thank people for taking time to write her. We always chuckled at her habit of doing that, but it made her happy, so no harm done.

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Winifred Rosenburg October 25, 2013 at 7:58 pm
Butterfly October 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I was babysitting my nephews and @ the last minute I was asked to bring them to a classmates halloween’s party. I brought a bottle of wine and I saw no one was drinking it. The parents had their own collection of alcohol and made it fun with dry ice. The parents were good hosts and they wanted this party as a way to connect with their children’s classmates and parents. I had a good time. Didn’t eat much and my bottle of wine was expensive. I took it home after asking the mother if it was okay with her to take it back. I thought afterwards, That was rude of me. My nephews got a treat bag, free food and the parents didn’t get to connect with my sister and her husband. All that showed up were closer friends and their kids. The hosts wasted a lot of food cause if they invited the whole class? The next day was a carnival at their school. So was I rude?

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Alicia October 28, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Wine is a host gift and does not need to be drunk that night. You should have left it with the hosts.

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