Return to the Entertaining Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Don't I need to write a thank you note?

Posted by ilovepink (My Page) on
Thu, May 1, 08 at 13:23

My in-laws brought gifts over last night from their friends to our baby. My mother in law has opened everything and I'm really not certain who gave what. She said she already had written a note.

I feel like I need to. Don't I?

Also, what do I do now that I am not clear on who gave which gift. I asked my in-laws who certain things were from but my mother in law never answered me.

I know you all are going to think I'm being ridiculous but I feel like she should not have opened the gifts since they were for the baby. But, also she could have at least made certain she kept the cards with the correct gifts.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Don't I need to write a thank you note?

I certainly don't think you're being ridculous - I think you're right on.

And yes, I believe that you should write a note. If I had given a gift to my friend for her grandchild, I would like to get a note from the mother of the child thanking me.

Could you stress to her that you're going to send notes, and it is very important for you to know who gave what? Could she possibly object to you being polite?

RE: Don't I need to write a thank you note?

Sorry....I can see the scenario....your MIL has been talking non stop about the new these friends you don't they brought over gifts to her for her new grandchild.....theyw eren't thinking of you at all, these were gifts for her grandchild. And, naturally they wanted to see her reaction to the wonderful things they brought, so told her to open them, and she did. Then of course brought them to you.
She thanked the giver, because of course they were really for her grand child, and thinks that's all that's necessary.
But if it were me, I would write them a note saying how thoughtful they were to send a gift, and mention how thrilled Grandma was and delighted when she bropught them over.
I am sure they won't expect a thank you....but it's the nice thing to do....and don't worry about who sent what, just mention a baby gift.
And remember.....these were first of all gifts for your inlaw's new grand child, not necessarily your baby.

Linda C

RE: Don't I need to write a thank you note?

Very good points, Linda.

RE: Don't I need to write a thank you note?

Hard to say if she should or should not have opened them.

If her friends were giving her a bit of a "nana" shower then of course she should have opened them. Are these people that are close to you and were just using her as a delivery service ? If so then the thank you should come from you.

My sense is that these are her friends honouring her on the arrival of her grand baby. In that case it's fine she opened them and it's proper that she thanked them.

None the less it is proper that you also thank these people for the gifts. Just get the names and send a generic "Thank You" for being so kind as to think of our baby and for being such good friends to "nana"

RE: Don't I need to write a thank you note?

Excellent points above -- the givers may have simply wanted to see her reaction to the baby gifts ..... and yes! she should have kept track of the gifts .... and gifters .......

BUT yes! do send along a nice note (if you/she can't figure out the exact gift-gifter then send along general notes to each participant!) -- and send it via your MIL ......

RE: Don't I need to write a thank you note?

Lindac these are people I know. In fact one of them is the person my mother in law gave a tour of our house to. LOL

I think a note would be nice to send too. It's just so frustrating because I don't want to send a note thanking for the wrong gift. Or forgetting something to mention.

RE: Don't I need to write a thank you note?

Don't look for trouble with your MIL, pink. Thank the givers in general terms and forget it.

I know how easy it is to find fault with everything a person does once you start looking, but you'll have a happier life if you can close your eyes and smile.


RE: Don't I need to write a thank you note?

Do as Linda suggested... you don't have to mention the specific gift. Thank them for thinking of you and your child and how thoughtful they were for sending something. Switch the subject to the baby and then thank them in general again. Keep the note vague. You could even send them a birth announcement with a "thank you" note added to it.

RE: Don't I need to write a thank you note?

Oh my gosh. You should see how I figured this out. One gift had an envelope that said 'receipt' on it. I matched that handwriting to a card. Or at least I think I did. The receipt showed the gift.

Then there was a blanket with a tag on it made by someone. I finally was able to figure out it was someones mother that made it.

Finally I have them done! Thank goodness.

I can't rest easily when I have a thank you note to write. It worries me!

RE: Don't I need to write a thank you note?

when in doubt I always make my thank you notes pretty general about the gift but specific about the sender. For instance, who would complain about a note that says you are a special lady, with wonderful taste and we appreciate the gift you sent for little timmy. A thank you note that incorrectly mentions which gift it is seems to be more noticeable. Carla's idea is wonderful also.
While I can see your side of it pink--it looks like your MIL is thrilled to be a gramma and wants to do things for you and the grandbaby. She may know you resent things about her, and is choosing to be pleasant anyhow. I wouldn't rock that boat. She may be the lady who will come over and babysit so you can get out of the house and get your hair done one day, or the one who helps pay for Timmy's college.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Entertaining Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here