How to Thank Your Boss for a Birthday Gift


When you receive a birthday gift from your boss, etiquette dictates that you send a personalized, written thank you note acknowledging the present and expressing your gratitude. It is acceptable to hand deliver the note to your boss if you will be seeing her in the office. The tone of your note should reflect your relationship with your boss. If you are friendly and socialize outside of work, a casual tone may be appropriate. If you are a new worker or are not close to your boss, use formal language in your thank you note.

  • Say thank you at the time you receive the gift. If your boss presents you with your gift in person, verbally acknowledge your boss by saying thank you when you open it or before you leave the office for the day.

  • Prepare a written thank you note. Your note should address your boss by name and include two or three sentences explaining what the gift means to you and how you plan to use the present.

  • Hand write your note. Whether you choose a pre-printed thank you card or prepare a letter on your own stationery, your thank you note should be hand written to add a personal touch.

  • Make your thank you timely. According to, you should send your note within two to three days of receiving the present.

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