Absent Party Goer: How should a gift recipient say thanks?

Q: I couldn’t attend a friend’s birthday party, but I sent a gift.  After I called to make sure she’d gotten it, she thanked me via Facebook.  Is this now an acceptable way to acknowledge a present?

A: A hand-written thank-you note is still the best option whenever you’ve received a gift.  While a Facebook message or a text can be an efficient way to let someone know her gift has arrived (especially if it was shipped) and that it’s appreciated, the recipient should then send a note, ideally within a month.  An exception: New moms get a grace period, since sleep deprivation could keep anyone from penning a thank-you.  Of course, if you can’t attend a birthday party, you don’t have to give a gift.

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