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Old 05-29-2007, 04:09 AM   #1  
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You give someone a set of nice thank you cards as a gift and they send one of those thank you cards back to you, thanking you for the thank you cards?!

I gave my son's teachers a set of 6 very nice thank you cards as an end-of-the-year gift. I even thought about putting a note in there, telling them NOT to send one back to me, thanking me. I didn't want them to "waste" one on me. But, alas, I didn't and one came back to me. Oh well -- at least I can keep one as a sample if I want to make it later.
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No, it doesn't bother me at all. I like to see that they are being used.
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Yeah, it bothers me too!!! My MIL just sent one back to us with a check for college for my DD---at least she didn't write in it!
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She probably thought that sending you a card was showing you that she liked them and was using them.
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I have had the same experience soooo many times. I really don't want one of my cards back -- I want them to be able to use that card to send to someone else. And it seems it doesn't help to tell people, don't send me one as a thank-you. It's like they can't help themselves.
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Years ago, I made a boxed set of 25 thank you cards for a wedding gift.

I didn't get a thank you note AT ALL.....not one of mine OR a store bought one.

That was the last time I did that.
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Nope, it doesn't bother me. I like to see them being used. My mom tends to send me my cards back for every occasion. She also has sent my cards to DH for his birthday.

And if they write in it, I can always cut the back off and remount it onto the front of a new card and use it again

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She probably thought that sending you a card was showing you that she liked them and was using them.
This is what I think, also.
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This used to happen a lot with me.. For several years, I made cards to order, and as always, the client would send me one as a thank you.... I finally had to include a small note at the bottom of their reciepts asking that they not send me a thank you note, the thank you for me was the simple joy I got from making their order. They all got the hint- hth.lol
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me too i made this Baby set
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=77224
paint can filled with baby essentials (little formula can, new pacifiers, etc)
15 thank you notes
13 birth announcements
1 matching baby squash book

and NO THANK you at all. iam still so pissed! my husband said the other day we should invite them over for bbq. i have no intrest what so ever put an nother hour work to prepare food or anything for this family.


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Years ago, I made a boxed set of 25 thank you cards for a wedding gift.

I didn't get a thank you note AT ALL.....not one of mine OR a store bought one.

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My Mom sent me one of the thank you cards from the set I made her for Mother's Day. I'd rather she hadn't wasted one on me, but how can you scold your Mom for that, LOL?!!!
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me too i made this Baby set
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=77224
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15 thank you notes
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and NO THANK you at all. iam still so pissed! my husband said the other day we should invite them over for bbq. i have no intrest what so ever put an nother hour work to prepare food or anything for this family.
Can't say as I blame you...that is a BEAUTIFUL present and the people who received it are horrible trolls who don't deserve anything more.
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Handmade creations are most appreciated by artists who are involved with creating handmade creations. Maybe that was your son's teacher's thinking. I also wonder if she wanted to show you right away that she intends to use your heartfelt gift. I would be sort of hurt if I ever found out someone threw away my creations without using them!
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I made a set of Thank you cards for each my niece and nephew. They are horrible at not sending thank you cards so I thought this would be a great way to teach them and make it easy for them. I didn't get a thank you card OR a phone call or email that they received them.
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Just think, the giftees (is that right?) is probably sitting there stressing... "should I send one of their cards back? If I don't, will they think I don't like it? What's the proper etiquette?"

It doesn't bother me.
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Just think, the giftees (is that right?) is probably sitting there stressing... "should I send one of their cards back? If I don't, will they think I don't like it? What's the proper etiquette?"

It doesn't bother me.
I bet that is EXACTLY what they are thinking.....does Ms Manners cover this one? Maybe we should ask her!!
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paint can filled with baby essentials (little formula can, new pacifiers, etc)
15 thank you notes
13 birth announcements
1 matching baby squash book

and NO THANK you at all. iam still so pissed! my husband said the other day we should invite them over for bbq. i have no intrest what so ever put an nother hour work to prepare food or anything for this family.
Unfortunately, some children are never taught to send thank you notes, so as adults they don't think about it... or, they were taught, and they just don't get it.

I expect thank yous, but don't hold a grudge if I don't get one. I just make sure next time I see that person I say something like: "Gee, didn't get a reply from my gift, so wanted to make sure you received it/liked it/whatever"... I know, passive aggressive! But, they get the point.
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I always make handmade cards now for every occassion for each memeber of my family. My newphews, ages 12,14, & 16 have saved every card I have every sent to them, as well as my B & SIL. That makes me feel good.

I always get a call from my Mother to tell me how beautiful the card was that she received from me, and she too, saves every one.

At least they appreciate the time and effort it has taken me to create these cards.

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And if they write in it, I can always cut the back off and remount it onto the front of a new card and use it again

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This is a great idea -- plus environmentally friendly!
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Just think, the giftees (is that right?) is probably sitting there stressing... "should I send one of their cards back? If I don't, will they think I don't like it? What's the proper etiquette?"

It doesn't bother me.
My thought exactly. They are probably thinking if they go out to buy a thank you note, then you would think that they don't like the ones you made! LOL what a funny position to be in.
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I'm not upset about it at all. It doesn't bother me -- my post was more of a "sarcastic" post -- lol. In fact, I fully expected to get at least one back. And I would like to know that they are using them -- I just didn't want them to waste one on me, as others have said. I would just rather have a verbal thank you when I hand them the gift than a card -- I'm just not a formal-type person. I made those for them to give to others because I know how teachers are about that sort of thing. I just hate that she now only has 5 to send out to other people, KWIM?

As far as not receiving a thank you at all, in some form or fashion, now that's just rude!
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Claudia, I loved that baby gift set when you first posted it and I can't believe you didn't get a thank you for it!! That's just unbelievable!

To the OP, I gave my son's teacher a set a mostly thank you cards at the beginning of the school year (she had been my son's teacher the year before, too and I felt like I hadn't done enough for her that year!) She opened them and asked me right then should she send me one as a thank you and I told her no, but I appreciate the thought! Some of my friends in the class have told me they have received the cards from her, so I know she is using them at least!

My really good friend made me a set of gift cards out of beautiful photos she took while on vacation here, I just can't get myself to use them except the ones I don't like as much! I wish she would have given me copies of the photos instead, but I realize she probably forgot that I make my own cards now!
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I would rather they used it for someone else too but it's nice to get a thank you card from them.
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I don't know what to think when I get one back.
The self-conscious part thinks, maybe they don't like it enough to send out but knew I would like it....
and then the other part of me just thinks it's dumb. I don't give my cards out to have them given right back!
Anyhow, I will have to start doing one of the ideas given above and just remount the front on a new card!
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I think it is a sweet gesture when they send you back one of your own cards, at least they are being used! I had one teacher this year that sent me a thank you note (not one of mine) for every little gift I sent her, so I made sure and gave her a set of personalized thank you notes, figured she could send those instead of Hallmark ones..lol. She gushed all over me about them. It was so sweet at my daughter's senior banquet to be thanked in person for all the gifts and treats I have done throughout the year.
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I CAN reuse it without cutting the front off. I put a linen-look "liner" inside (scalloped the bottom edges, too) and I stamped the Thank You on that and she wrote her note on that too. So I can just take that part out and replace it with another insert. Since I didn't stamp the sentiment on the front of the card, I can use it for any occasion. So that's a plus!
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I would take it as a compliment that she liked the cards and then just re-use it.
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That was such a beautiful and thoughtful gift. I can't imagine them not thanking you for it.
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I always thought it was polite to use one of the cards someone gave you to thank them for giving you cards. Shows that you are using them? Wouldn't it be more insulting to use a store-bought card to thank someone for giving you hand made cards? Rethinking that now... I guess it depends on the card and the giver.

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Maybe we could include a card that says, "Thanks for the cards" as part of the pack? LOL. They can use that card to send back to us!
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I gave my sons' teachers blank cards for Christmas and received one back from both of them. Didn't bother me at all, in fact, I might have been a little miffed if I hadn't received one back. I was happy to know they used them.
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My really good friend made me a set of gift cards out of beautiful photos she took while on vacation here, I just can't get myself to use them except the ones I don't like as much! I wish she would have given me copies of the photos instead, but I realize she probably forgot that I make my own cards now!
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Maybe we could include a card that says, "Thanks for the cards" as part of the pack? LOL. They can use that card to send back to us!
Now that's a thought -- good idea! I may do that the next batch I make.
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It doesn't bother me.

YEP that's what I think!
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I was hoppin mad when my MIL sent me one of my own cards as a thank you for the cards too...but now that I've read everyone's comments - I guess it's not so bad. Would I have preferred a Hallmark or cheaper knock off? I probably would have complained about that too! At least I got a thank you.
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Here's a thought--maybe the recipient hardly ever receives a gift or nice gesture from anyone (how sad that would be) and wouldn't have much opportunity to USE the thank you cards you gave her. She may have been thrilled at the idea of putting one of your cards to good use. Not everyone has people who do nice things for them. How kind of you to do such a nice thing.
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Sorry--kinda overused the word "nice."
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I'd hate it more I think if I made a beautiful set of cards for someone and they went out and bought a Thank You card to send to me.
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and NO THANK you at all. iam still so pissed! my husband said the other day we should invite them over for bbq. i have no intrest what so ever put an nother hour work to prepare food or anything for this family.

Claudia, what a beautiful set! You put so much time and love into it. I am sure your friend loved it. You know her better than us, but maybe she is having a hard time adjusting with the new baby? After I had my second baby, it took me MONTHS to get out any thank yous of any kind. I had so much trouble with nursing, sleeping, post partum issues, etc. I never even sent out an announcement for him (gasp!). It seriously took me forever to get on the path of any kind of normalcy! Or maybe she has *new mom* head and thought she already thanked you!
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Just think, the giftees (is that right?) is probably sitting there stressing... "should I send one of their cards back? If I don't, will they think I don't like it? What's the proper etiquette?"

It doesn't bother me.
i was thinking about it being a bad thing too, untill i read this answere, and i think that this is probably what most likely happened.
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