13 Thank You Gifts to Show Your Appreciation
(and Prove What an Awesome Gift-Giver You Are)
There are big things that require big thank yous – like when someone gives you a kidney, buys you a brand new car, or sends you to Fiji for a week (all expenses paid, of course). But if you want to be a good egg, you’ve got to be sure to say thanks for little favors too.
Have a nice neighbor that shovels your sidewalk when it snows? Have a friend who always volunteers to babysit…or dog sit…or cat sit? Have a coworker who goes out of their way to help you get a project done when you’re feeling stressed out? You know what they say – you get what you give. And giving a thank you gift is one of the easiest ways to bring good vibes your way.
Gift-giving is two-fold. Obviously, you have to choose a gift that the recipient will enjoy, use, and remember. But that’s only part of it – because it’s just as important to choose a gift that reflects the gift giver. And that’s why standard gifts just don’t cut it anymore.
So whether you’re looking to reward your organ donor for the gift of life or thank your neighbor for picking up your mail while you were on vacation, these 13 thank you gifts are the perfect way to show your gratitude for favors (big and small).
Small Thank You Gifts (because it’s the thought that counts)
There’s no need to break the bank to say thanks – especially if someone did you a small favor. It really is the thought that counts. If you’re on a tight budget and looking for an inexpensive way to show some appreciation, these thank you gifts will cost you less than $10.
If you’ve never eaten Cheryl’s cookies, you’re missing out. They come in all sorts of varieties and flavors from super sweet to sugar free to gluten free – and each one is better than the next. At $5.99, the cookie card includes a decorated “thank you” box with one buttercream frosted cookie inside. And if one cookie just isn’t enough, they’ve got tons of assorted thank you gift baskets to choose from.
Looking for small thank you gifts for someone who loves to cook? The thyme plant cube is perfect for anyone who likes to cook (and even more perfect if they’re a sucker for a good pun). For just $5.95, this gift includes a packet of seeds, peat pellets to help the seeds grow, and a wooden cube decorated with the words “thank you for your thyme.”
At $10 for a set of four, these ice molds are a cool gift for anyone, regardless of what they drink. Just fill them with a piece of fruit, add water into the top of the mold, and freeze them to make fruit-infused ice balls. Our favorite way to enjoy them? Filling them with lime wedges and adding them to our gin and tonics.
Best Thank You Gifts for Friends (that you can enjoy too)
It’s easy to buy gifts for friends because 1) you know exactly what they’re into… 2) you know all the things they like to do…3) they’re probably not expecting a thank you gift at all. So with that in mind, we have a (sort of selfish) suggestion when it comes time to buy thank you gifts for friends – get that something that you can enjoy together!
Considering we’re in the business of gift giving, it would be silly not to include one of our own awesome gifts on this list. But since we have so many killer BroBaskets to choose from, we couldn’t narrow it down to just one. From an assortment of craft beer to a customized gift full of gin or tequila or whiskey, our boozy gifts are the perfect way to say thanks.
Whether you and your buddies spend every weekend at the beach or enjoy late-night parties out by the pool, it’s essential that you have good tunes playing at all times. This Bluetooth speaker from Sony is portable, splash-proof, and designed to provide hours of loud sound with pumping bass. It’s perfect for tossing in your luggage when you’re spending the weekend out of state or carrying in a backpack for a day trip around town.
Maybe it’s because we live at the beach, but our best summer moments always seem to revolve around eating lobsters and washing them down with lots and lots of beer. And that’s precisely why we love this lobster bottle opener. Made from recycled aluminum, it’s sophisticated enough for a lobster bake on Nantucket yet quirky enough for a beach party in Oceanside.
Channel your inner hippie with a Dead and Company show. Throw on your Yeezys and sing along with Kanye. Paint your damn face and make it known that you’re a proud member of the Kiss army. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you’re into…grab your best friend and head to a show. Concert tickets are the perfect way to say thank you – and the best part is that you get to enjoy the gift just as much as the friend you’re giving it to.
If your buddy is a smoker, this cigar sampler is guaranteed to please. If he’s a cigar aficionado, this isn’t for him. But if he’s the kind of guy who’s willing to try different styles, this cigar sampler bag is an awesome gift. What makes it even more fun is that it’s a mystery bag. You don’t exactly know what you’re going to get, but with ten different types, he’ll have ten chances to find his new favorite stogie or robusto.
Thoughtful Thank You Gifts
The best thank you gifts are the ones that show you put some thought into the gift itself. Sure, you could show thanks with an Amazon gift card. You can show your appreciation with a handwritten thank you note. But going a little bit above (and beyond) the norm is the best way to show your sincerity.
If you’re looking for thank you gifts for wine lovers, gift giving is easy – just get them a bottle of wine. But if you want to make the gift a bit more personal, custom wine labels are the way to go. These wine labels are handmade to order, and you can personalize them a simple “thank you” or a special message that’s unique to you. They’re easy to attach to any wine bottle, so it’s a thoughtful way to make an inexpensive bottle of wine look like a totally unique gift.
Spa Week Gift Card (aka the gift of relaxation)
Doing favors for others can be stressful…and that’s why a little pampering now and then goes such a long way. With a Spa Week gift card, you can give the gift of a massage…or a manicure…or a pedicure…or just about any other spa treatment you can think of. The best part about this gift? It can be redeemed at thousands of various spa locations from coast to coast.
There’s nothing worse than having a great bottle of wine in front of you and no way to open it. With this wine accessory set, you’ll never have to worry about that again. It looks like a wine bottle until you open it – at which point you realize it’s a nifty gift packed with a corkscrew, bottle opener, drip ring, stopper, and foil cutter.
Maybe it’s ‘cause we’re still contemplating the move to Canada…maybe it’s because we’re all loving Justin Trudeau….maybe it’s because it’s so damn tasty. Whatever the reason, we’re totally into 49th Parallel Coffee. When you think of coffee, Canada certainly isn’t the first place that comes to mind – but this Vancouver brand is changing that notion one cup at a time. Forget the Starbucks K-cups…if you need a gift for a real coffee lover, this is it.
Customized gifts show that you put some serious thought into the gift – and if he’s a golfer, customized golf balls are the way to go. From the affordable DT TruSoft to the more expensive Pro VX variety, these balls can be personalized with a logo, a photo, or a simple “thank you” message. You can order custom golf balls from lots of different websites, but Titleist balls are the best.
Traditional thank you gifts tend to come in the form of food and baked goods. And hell, if you’re a pastry chef or an award-winning baker, by all means, bake up some tasty treats and slap a thank you card on top. We won’t complain.
But if you’re not a connoisseur in the kitchen, those typical food gifts just aren’t that special. And those edible fruit arrangements? We’re putting you all on notice right now – please stop sending those! No one can possibly eat that much fruit – and those of us that can certainly don’t want our melons and berries dipped in chocolate. we
So the next time you have to send a thank you gift, think outside the box. Whether someone’s done you a small favor or gone above and beyond expectations to help you out, the least you can do is put a little thought into a gift that says thanks.