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What are some of the etiquette basics for thank you notes during this holiday season?

Specifically, regarding food or gift items:

How quickly should thank you notes be done?

Is a verbal thank you sufficient, or when are handwritten, telephone, voice mail or e-mail thank yous appropriate?

Do unsolicted vendor gifts require the same treatment as gifts from supervisors, direct reports or collegues?

What are key points to make in a thank you note, besides 'thank you.'

Mark's picture

Mailed within 24 hours of opening, handwritten. Email or verbal is not enough. Always handwritten cards.

You've got me on the unsolicited gifts question. Am I reading that wrong? Would you be sending cards only to vendors who gave you "solicited" gifts? Aren't all gifts unsolicited?

We'll have a cast about the details of how to write a thank you note next year.

Mark