With Birthday Parties In Full Swing & Christmas Just Around The Corner, Teaching Your Kids To Say Thank you For All Those Gifts Is Right Up There On The List Of Things To Do
I don’t know about you mamas but when it comes to kids’ birthday parties, one of the hardest things (aside from hosting whatever over-the-top extravaganza your little darling has their heart set on) is finding the right way to get your kiddo to say thank you. With the postal service in Dubai woefully non-existent, it’s easy to let acknowledging the mounds of presents pass you by. But I think it’s important to drum in the importance of gratitude – so here are some of the easiest ways I’ve found to say thank you.
All you need is the gift giver’s email address and you can send one of thousands of virtual thank you cards. Choose from fab designers like Kate Spade or upload your own photographs. We love paperlesspost.com for invites too.
This year we’ve received a few what’s app video and audio messages of appreciation. They work because they’re an instant way to make sure your child acknowledges their gift as soon as they unwrap it (as well as saving you from losing track of what came from who!).
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This year I went to one of the dozens of photo printing shops (I chose one in Mercato mall), printed out the money shot of my mini-me blowing candles out, had the shop print ‘thank you’ across the bottom and voila.
If you want to get an A-plus for effort, you could take the above idea one step further and get your birthday boy or girl to take a break from playing with their presents to stick the photo onto a piece of coloured card and write a sweet message. You do still have to deliver them though.
Alternatively, you could wing it – and thank people when you next see them. These people are your friends, right – and everyone knows that dealing with a child’s candy comedown and other after-effects of a big birthday bash leave little time to battle the postal service. Plus, then there’s no pressure for them to return the favour – the direct opposite of the one-upmanship that normally accompanies Dubai birthdays. Win-win.