Did the kids ever get around to writing thank-you cards for the presents they received? How about you? Adults are not exempt from this either! Unless there is a very clear rule in your family that a phone call or e-mail thank you is acceptable, it is still good manners to send a hand-written note!
In my family, we will verbally thank (or on a phone call shortly after opening a gift), then we still write a hand-written thank you. I have a few ideas for ways your family can thank others for the gifts they got!
Thank-You from the Kids:
This is pretty obvious, but have the children write the thank-you card and sign it to send.
Thank-You from the Kids with Adult help:
If your child is too young to write, have them dictate what they want to share. Then at the end have them sign their name or draw a small picture.
Thank-You from Everyone:
One person can write the card, but everyone should appear in a photo (or two) showing you and your family enjoying/playing with/using the gift they were given! This is a great way to keep connected, especially if separated by distance.