Dear Uncommon Courtesy,
Do I need to write two thank you notes if a person gave me both a shower gift and a wedding gift? What if they arrived very closely together?
Separate events, separate gifts and separate thank you notes.
Jaya: So do you need to write two separate thank yous?
Victoria: Yep. That was easy!
Jaya: Really? I think if you’ve already received both gifts you can put them on the same note.
Victoria: Hmmm, I supppppose.
Jaya: Unless one is explicitly for the bride and one is explicitly for the couple.
Victoria: Which, technically the shower implies (Ed: Traditionally shower gifts are specifically for the bride alone). But these days its not so much.
Jaya: But if you got a towel set at the shower and a toaster in the mail a week later why shouldn’t that be both in one note?
Victoria; Haha yeah. Thats a good point. Just semantics, I guess. Two events, two notes. Like people who have birthdays close to Christmas- it’s nice to have the division.
Jaya: Right. it’s whether you see it as two events or like, all tied to one big event.
Victoria: Yeah, I mean, to an extent often, the shower is just the women, so if the woman was part of a couple, you’d be thanking her both for the gift and attending the shower. And then thanking the couple for the wedding gift.
Jaya: Umm single people give gifts too, Victoria. Jeez.
Victoria: As a single person, I know they do, lol.
Jaya: Nah I bet you’re rude and never give gifts.
Victoria: I mean, I would probably still send two, but you are also probably fine with one. I might also posssssibly change my mind depending on the age of the gift giver. Younger people probably won’t care as much as older people, so if it was like a 60 year old friend of your mom’s….then probably two notes. It’s kind of rude to do that, have different levels of thanking, but I see it more as peacekeeping.
Jaya: Ehhh, hopefully future generations understand that one note with lots of thanks in it is intent enough. That’s not politeness, that’s expected custom.
Victoria: Yeah, true. I would say, in generally, go with your gut!
Victoria: If you are afraid that person is going to whine to your mom that you are the RUDEST if you don’t send two notes, send two notes, otherwise, one is probably fine. IF the gifts really did come THAT close together.
Jaya: And then maybe don’t invite them to future things.
Victoria: Haha well, politics and blah blah blah. But once you are married you probably don’t have to worry about another big event
Jaya: Good point.