Apparently the fine art of writing thank you notes is still hanging by a thread, hopefully to make a thorough comeback, as there is nothing that can take its place, no matter what email enthusiasts say. It’s safe to say that, if you are adamantly opposed to writing with a black pen on quality paper, folding it and sealing it in an envelope, addressing the front and placing a stamp on the top right hand corner then placing it in the most convenient mailbox, you probably are not going to send a thank you note. Probably the next best thing would be to send a thank you email, which pales in comparison but at least shows an attempt at gratitude. Other forms would be a thank you phone call, and probably last at the bottom of the list would be to just wait until you see the person (assuming you will,) and thanking him or her in passing.
Certain occasions like birthday parties, Christmas, baby showers and weddings which produce more than one or two gifts can be confusing when it comes time to know who gave what. Often people will make an attempt to write down the names beside the gifts given as they are unwrapped. This can be a lot of work for the one doing the writing, and there’s an easier way to keep up with those details. At the beginning of the unwrapping process, simply aim the camcorder at those doing the unwrapping and turn it on. As each gift is unwrapped, have the person state who gave the gift, and it it’s vague, have them name what it is. Then, when it’s time to prepare thank yous, you will not be uncertain as to who gave what, as you will have it all recorded by your wonderful and trusty camcorder.
It’ll save you so much time, you may even WANT to write and send thank you notes!