I have a friend who got married a couple of years ago, and in a mad dash to finally buy presents for people that have been woefully (and inexcusably) delayed, my husband and I picked out and mailed a gift for him a couple of weeks ago.
Since the present would otherwise be coming out of the blue, I texted my friend and gave him the tracking number, and in the exchange also asked him to let me know when he received it. I didn't tell him this (though I kind of wish I had) that part of my motivation for wanting to know when he actually got it is that the gift itself was fragile (a blown glass ornament). I had it wrapped up well and told the post office it was fragile when I mailed it, but you never know.
Since I sent it via USPS priority mail and had tracking information, I know it was delivered two days after I sent it, but I haven't actually heard from my friend. That's actually relatively typical of him (we're not in terribly regular contact because, honestly, he's not very good at initiating contact, and sometimes isn't even good at responding to contact I initiate), so it doesn't necessarily mean he didn't get it. But I'd like to know one way or the other (and know if it arrived intact), aside from wanting to know if he liked the present.
I could just text him again and ask if he got it, but something about that feels kind of weird to me. I haven't said anything up to now because I didn't want to text him as soon as USPS said "delivered", and then I forgot. But it's been a week and a half since then, and I've not heard anything (electronically or otherwise) from my friend. But if he's sent (or planning to send) some sort of thank you note, I don't really want to preempt that, which I think is why it feels kind of weird to ask (like I'm prompting him to thank me, which isn't my motivation at all).
So...ask about it? Don't ask about it? Wait a little longer and then ask? How to phrase the question if I do? Thoughts?
This situation will likely come up for me again, since most of my friends and relatives live really far away from me (although hopefully I'll never again let that amount of time pass before giving someone a present!).