Thank You Gifts
10 Things to Consider When Browsing Thank You Gifts
1. Keep it simple
Keep in mind that (minus a few exceptions) a thank you gift is supposed to be something simple that is a nice show of appreciation for what someone did for you.
This is not the time to overwhelm them with a large item, in most cases that will make them feel uncomfortable!
Instead, pick something nice and sweet that you know they will enjoy.
2. When in doubt, pick something else
On the fence if the gift is appropriate? Err on the side of caution and go with something else! T
he last thing you want to do is make someone uncomfortable when you are just trying to do something nice.
Instead, pick something that you know will make them happy, feeling good and won’t be even sort of questionable.
3. Be consistent
Did you recently get help from a group of people? Perhaps it is the end of the school year and you want to thank your teachers?
Be sure to not accidentally insult someone by including everyone and getting them all a thank you gift.
Did your siblings recently help you move? Don’t just get a gift for one of them, be sure to include all brothers and sisters.
While the gift itself isn’t necessary, it can end up causing tension if you aren’t careful.
If you don’t think you can afford gifts for a group of people, it is best to not get anyone anything so you don’t upset anyone by mistake.
That is the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish!
4. Don’t spend too much
Similar to what we mentioned in tip #1, be sure you don’t spend too much money on your thank you gift.
For most people, an expensive thank you gift will make them feel uncomfortable and like they ‘owe’ you something in return. That is not the point of a thank you gift.
All you want to do is make the person feel appreciated, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do that.
Gifts from the heart are always more special than gifts that cost a lot of money, especially in this situation.
5. Be careful of allergies/restrictions
If you are getting someone a gift, especially if it is food or drink, make sure you are aware of any allergies they may have.
Again, if you aren’t sure, pick something else! Also keep in mind a person’s personal preferences, diet, or even religious views.
If someone chooses not to drink alcohol, a nice bottle of wine will probably not make the best thank you gift!
6. Food can be a good idea
Don’t let tip five scare you away from getting someone food. Food can make for a great gift idea - who doesn’t like food??
Whether you get someone a nice assorted gift basket or even cook or bake them something yourself, it is sure to be incredibly appreciated and enjoyed.
Do you know their favorite food or dessert such as chocolate? That makes for a great gift idea!
7. Say something
Actions do speak louder than words, but that doesn’t mean words aren’t nice or aren’t appreciated!
While an actual gift is certainly wonderful, including a handwritten thank you card will take your gift to the next level.
Take some time (we are talking just a few minutes - not a lifetime!) and write something heartfelt to the person who helped you out.
We promise it will mean the world to them!
8. Personalize it
If you are worried that your gift feels too impersonal, personalize it! No matter what the gift is, there is likely a way to make it more personal.
Whether that means having something engraved or embroidered or simply drawn, you can turn the gift into something meant just for that person.
If you are trying to cut costs, do the personalization yourself. If you aren’t that crafty, maybe recruit a friend who is, or look into cost-effective options.
9. Figure out their interests
A great way to ensure you get someone a thank you gift they will enjoy is by understanding what they like. Do they enjoy traveling? The movies? Dinner? Art? Sports?
Even a basic idea of something they like can help tailor your thank you gift idea and ensure it is something they will really enjoy.
If you aren’t sure, try asking around and getting info from a co-worker, friend, or family member!
10. Pay it forward
Finally, sometimes the best thank you gift idea is simply to pay it forward!
If someone has done something nice for you, take the time to do something nice for them in return.
While ‘getting even’ is not the right mindset when doing something nice (as in, if I do something nice for you, you better return the favor!) returning the favor can actually be a great thing to do, especially when it is your idea and not the idea of the person who did something nice!