If there is one thing that I can pinpoint that annoys me more than anything else out there, then I would point to a lack of gift acknowledgement. When I send someone a gift, I like to know that it was received. A simple, “hey, got that package you sent” will suffice. I do not need to be thanked but I do want to know that it at least arrived. But, I seem to be in the minority with this, at least when it comes to my friends and family who I send gifts to. And it does not matter if I send cash, a gift card or an actual gift because no one wants to be bothered to let me know they got what I sent – except for my parents.
Of course, maybe that is it. I was raised to promptly acknowledge a gift, of course so were my brothers and they do not employ this courtesy.
Sometimes I just want to know that the item did not get lost in the mail, y’know? But alas, I usually end up having to ask the recipient if it arrived. And if I don’t do that, then they never tell me that it arrived until months later when they see me. Not only is this incredibly rude, but it is also disrespectful. How long does it take to send a quick email or text message? Not long at all, so don’t even bother telling me how busy you’ve been and that’s why you haven’t had a chance to let me know that you received what I sent you 8 months ago.
But, if there is one thing that I’ve learned it is that people are not going to change how rude or disrespectful they are, especially if their excuse is that they are putting themselves first. So, maybe I’ll stop sending gifts since they seem to go unappreciated.