Thank-you Note Etiquette for an Extravagant Gift

by Ruth Mayhew ; Updated September 28, 2017

Hand write a personal thank-you note, regardless of the gift's value.

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Whether it's your birthday, wedding or anniversary, you have a very good friend indeed if you receive a gift that you'd call "extravagant." In some cases, extravagance might have what some perceive as a negative connotation, but don't let perceptions or value dictate whether and how you adhere to proper rules of etiquette.

Saying "Thank You" is a Sign of Refinement

The way you say "thank you" demonstrates your knowledge of social graces. Also, it says that you're mindful of what others think about your manners and upbringing. Writing a personal thank-you note is the proper thing to do when you receive any gift, extravagant or not. Avoid writing something you believe is the modest way to handle receiving such a gift. For example, don't write, "You really shouldn't have spent so much on the gift." The person who gave you the gift probably knows he wasn't obligated to buy you anything, so don't insult him. Be gracious -- that's the key to expressing your appreciation for gifts, no matter how much they cost.

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About the Author

Ruth Mayhew has been writing since the mid-1980s, and she has been an HR subject matter expert since 1995. Her work appears in "The Multi-Generational Workforce in the Health Care Industry," and she has been cited in numerous publications, including journals and textbooks that focus on human resources management practices. She holds a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ruth resides in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.