This poem is a cautionary example of how not to do it, sent from a very ungrateful child - a close cousin of The Santa Trap's Bradley Bartleby perhaps?
A Gift Horse in the Mouth
To Auntie Joan and Uncle Ray,
I did say "Thanks" on Christmas day,
but Mum says you gave so much stuff,
just saying it was not enough.
She says the least that I should do
is write a note to say 'Thank you'.
Quite why I should, I do not know,
but Mum insists, so here I go:
Thank you for the action-figure;
my friend has got one - only bigger!
Thank you for the new canoe;
I'll put it with my other two.
Thank you for the Mega-Maze;
a pity that was last year's craze.
Thank you for the cuddly toy;
it's perfect - for a younger boy.
Thank you for the spinning top;
they'll love it - at the charity shop.
Thank you for the painting set;
was this the best that you could get?
And thank you for the microscope;
you still have the receipt, I hope!
Phew! I'm glad I'm done with that!
P.S. My birthday - DO remember -
is on the second of September!
You can find this, along with some other unpublished poems about toys, in the Early Poems section of my web site.