Writing thank-you notes might not be a favorite activity for children, but it is a good habit for them to adopt.

With holiday gift giving in full swing, it's wise to encourage youngsters and teenagers to write notes as they receive presents, rather than putting it off until later.

Providing guidance about what to write also can be helpful. The folks at Hallmark offer some tips on composing thank-you notes, at ideas.hallmark.com/articles/thank-you-ideas/how-to-write-a-thank-you-note.

It's also a good time to remind kids what to do when they receive a gift they don't like or already own. Etiquette experts recommend telling them to thank the giver for thinking of them and to say something positive about the item.

-Melissa Kossler Dutton