It used to be that when someone did something nice or gave a great gift they’d get a thank you note in return, but we all know too well those are slowly becoming a thing of the past. But it seems a lot of folks don’t want to see the practice go away completely. December 26th is actually National Thank You Note Day, so in the lead up, the Stationary Studio conducted a survey to find out how people feel about thank you notes and it seems we all still love them.
The survey found that 93% of people still believe that thank you notes are necessary, and we’re talking about the old fashioned handwritten kind. In fact, a handwritten note was considered the most acceptable response for a birthday gift (95.4%), followed by a phone call (44.3%), in person (38.5%), an email (24.3%) and a text (12.2%). When it comes to a milestone occasion, like a wedding or anniversary, a handwritten note was also the most acceptable (96.5%), followed by a phone call (22.3%), with other forms like in person, an email and a text getting less than 20% of the vote (texts got less than five).
And it seems a lot of people haven’t given up on expressing their gratitude in ink. About 49.5% of people say they’ve written more than 10 thank you notes in the past year, while 24.5% have sent between five and ten, and only 3.5% say they’ve sent none at all. As for whether someone’s received a thank you note, 54.2% say they’ve gotten between one and five in the past year, while only 5.8% have gotten none at all.