Muchas Gracias.

According to the Emily Post Institute, “we all have to write thank you notes.” Unfortunately, you are not excused just because you are stretched too thin, more than overextended, multi-tasked out and totally exhausted. If someone sends you a gift, includes you at a dinner party or picks your kids up from school for you more than just a few times, of course you have to send a thank-you note. If only to model the good manners we are trying to teach our kids, we must thank those that treat us especially well.   

Having a stack of nice stationery at the ready will help you crank out a note of gratitude the minute a gift arrives or a favor is granted.  As Margaret Shepherd says in her book, "The Art of the Handwritten Note," "[y]ou can still use the telephone or Web for the daily chores of staying in touch, but for words that matter, it's curteous, classy, caring and civilized to pick up a pen."  Stationery reveals a lot about you so choose something you like – or better yet, choose something that reflects you literally.  Check out Design-her Gals.  On this site, you can create your own likeness, dress and accessorize yourself and put your image on a set of thank you cards.  The design process is a blast and the end product is spectacular.  To top it off, a portion of all revenue goes to the Gal to Gal Foundation dedicated to the emotional and financial well-being of women with Stage IV Breast Cancer.   All Mommy Track'd visitors can enter the code "5DG405" at checkout and receive $5.00 off all printed materials.

Certainly putting pen to actual paper is the perfect and proper way to say thank you, but we sometimes have to let go of perfect and just do the best we can.   While Emily Post may not approve, we think that if you can’t get your act together for a handwritten note, it’s better to thank someone electronically than not at all. Our favorite shortcut to the longhand thank you note is e-stationery. It is personal, stylish and as close as you can get to quill and parchment on the internet. . 

Sometime a note, handwritten or otherwise just won’t do. In instances where your thank you needs to be as generous as the gift or gesture you are acknowledging, go straight to where you will find the world’s greatest thank you cookies. Send these and you will surely get a thank you for your thank you.

As you can see, there are many ways to say thank you.  Say it in your own way, with your personal style and flair – just be sure you say it.