Do you write thank you notes? + Gift Recap

Our apartment is still a disaster, but I’m hoping we can make some good progress getting things unpacked this weekend. In the meantime, I wanted to touch on one last holiday-related topic today–thank you notes!

After the presents have been unwrapped and Christmas is over, do you write thank you notes? 
I’m just kind of curious how my fellow bloggers feel about this. I know that some people think it’s unnecessary, or that an email is sufficient. Call me old-fashioned, but I am a big fan of the handwritten thank you note. Growing up, my mom always made my sister and I write them after Christmas and our birthdays, but it’s something that I’ve continued doing in my adult life. Sure you can send someone an email, but I think it’s so nice to go to the mailbox and get a nice thank you card from someone. And sure, it’s kind of annoying to write them, but I think it’s important to take that time and to really appreciate and show gratitude for kindness bestowed upon you by others, whether it was in the form of a Christmas present or in some other way. 
And I’m not going to lie, my utter love of beautiful stationary is another reason why I’m such a big fan of writing thank notes. I think it’s so much fun to pick out beautiful, ladylike cards, write a nice note, put on a stamp, and send them away! 
These cards (all courtesy of Pinterest) would make lovely choices for post-holiday thank yous…
These are my favorite, so
cheeky! (Source)
Classic Kate Spade (Source)
Gray + French = LOVE (Source)
Simple (Source)
Pretty ombre (Source)
I typically like to get thank you notes out as soon as possible, so I’m running a little behind this year since I just got them in the mail today. But in my defense, I have been a little busy the past week! 
While we’re on the subject of Christmas thank yous, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite gifts I gave and received this holiday season. I was debating whether or not to do this at all because I feel like recapping your Christmas gifts can sometimes come across sort of boastful, like “hey look at how awesome all my sweet presents are!” But at the same time, gifts are my love language and I’ve really enjoyed seeing all your posts about your favorite presents, so after much reluctance, decided to join in the fun. Here are some of my favorite Christmas gifts from 2011 (in the most non-braggy way possible):
This purse from m0851, the store my sister worked at in NYC!
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Santa My parents/in-laws/relatives were very good to me this year! I got some other wonderful, sentimental gifts as well, but I just thought I’d share a few of my favorites. Between my birthday and Christmas, I got almost everything on my wishlist (with the exceptions of #9 and #10…neither of which I have room for in my apartment right now!) and I’m very grateful for that. As for Cam and I, we usually prefer to splurge on an item we can both enjoy or take a trip over surprising each other with big gifts. This year, we each got a pair of nice ski boots, which hopefully we’ll be getting a lot of use out in the next couple of months! (If it ever snows that is…)
I also love giving (and wrapping!) Christmas gifts, and so I wanted to share some of my favorite gifts I gave this season. Since both of our families came to visit us multiple times this year, I thought it would be nice to make photo books for both my parents and Cameron’s parents this year. I made photo books of our wedding two Christmases ago and they seemed to be a hit, so I thought I’d do it again and I had so much fun looking back through all the photos from 2011. To make our wedding photo books I used Shutterfly and was very pleased with the quality. However, since that time my husband has loaded Linux (a super nerdy operating system) on the computer with our photos, and for whatever reason it wasn’t compatible with Shutterfly’s photo book creator. I ended up using Snapfish to make the books, and overall, I was very pleased with how they came out. Snapfish had some great promotions around the holidays, and although I think I still like Shutterfly better overall, I was very happy with the books and would recommend Snapfish to anyone thinking about using it. 

 I also made my grandparents a photo calendar from Snapfish, and again I was very pleased with the quality of the images. I hadn’t made a photo calendar online before, but I liked how Snapfish allowed you to put photos in the boxes for particular days. I put an individual photo of everyone on their birthday, and I thought the calendar came out really cute, plus my grandparents seemed to really love it.

Last but not least, even though Cam and I bought our ski boots a few weeks before Christmas, we did still give each other Christmas cards and a little something to open on Christmas day. Husband got me a practical yet sweet gift–a new seat heater cushion thing for my Jeep since the heat seat on the driver’s side is broken and I hate the cold. I ordered him something from Snapfish of all places, a wall panel featuring a photo of a vintage motorcycle he took this summer while we were on vacation. If you’re looking for a great gift, I’d highly recommend this product! The photo came out great, and Cam really liked it. Here’s a photo of it before I wrapped it…

Now if we could just get our boxes unpacked and find a place to hang it!

Have a great weekend everyone! Xoxo