30 Thank-You Gifts to Show Your Gratitude
Show your appreciation for all they’ve done with thoughtful thank-you gifts they’ll truly love.
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Thoughtful thank-you gifts they’ll appreciate
When someone goes above and beyond for you, you’ll want to send them a heartfelt message or a little token of appreciation. “One time-honored tradition that I believe expresses a deep and personal sense of gratitude is a handwritten thank-you note,” says Taylor Elizabeth Perramond, founder and director of the Elegance Advisor Consultancy. “It goes the extra mile past politeness toward graciousness, and shows sincerity, intention, and effort.” What is written in a card may have more of an impact than fancy thank-you gifts, explains Perramond, “because words sincerely written have an unparalleled ability to make a lasting impression.”
If you aren’t sure when to send a card versus a gift, a well-timed thank-you note will usually suffice, says Crystal L. Bailey, director of the Etiquette Institute of Washington. And a thank-you card is always the appropriate response when you receive a gift. “You don’t want to get in a tit-for-tat,” she adds. “We like to think of gift-giving as discretionary, but there are certain instances when a thank-you gift is required.”
When should you give a thank-you gift?
Bailey says you should give a thank-you gift when someone has shown you hospitality or kindness that touched you in a special way. Perramond offers up some examples for times she would choose to give physical presents: “To a friend who house-sat while I was on holiday, a property manager who always handles things with tact and a sense of urgency, a business contact who went out of their way to refer me to a client, a family member who invited me to stay at their home, or a neighbor who took care of a pet when I was traveling.”
Still stumped on whether to send a thank-you note or a gift? Perramond says to ask yourself the following questions:
- Was the person’s behavior, actions, or generosity at a level where you would like to give special recognition?
- Was the act selfless, unexpected, and deeply sincere to a point where a simple thank-you doesn’t feel sufficient and/or would not adequately express your gratitude?
- In the case of a professional relationship, are you or your company profiting in any way?
- Would this gift support your relationship because it would effectively communicate the sincerity of your appreciation?
How much should you spend?
In the case of thank-you gifts, it’s truly the thought that counts. “There is no need to break the bank,” says Bailey. “Is this something that will bring them joy?” should be the first and foremost question. Perramond believes your gift should be proportional to what you are expressing thanks for and that you should keep appropriateness in mind. Depending on those factors, a general guideline is $25 to $75. “However, you can make someone feel really appreciated by presenting a thoughtful gift to them, regardless of the price,” Perramond insists. “It really is the effort made and the thought behind the gift that counts.”
The best thank-you gifts for every occasion
Ready to shop? We found unique gifts and considerate gift ideas that will convey your gratitude, whether you’re buying for a friend, a colleague, a neighbor, or any other person who’s gone out of their way for you. From sweet treats to beauty products to personalized gift ideas, these affordable tokens of appreciation are guaranteed to make that special someone smile. For even more ideas, check out these gifts for her, hostess gifts, and gifts that give back.
Best for teachers
A+ Teacher Thank You Gift Box
Educators, especially during these trying times, are our unsung heroes. And you don’t have to wait until the holidays to acknowledge their tireless commitment to children. This pretty packaged gift set shows you care and will definitely make them smile. It includes a “Brew Got This” breakfast-blend coffee, “Teaching Is a Work of Heart” tumbler, and chocolate and candy so they can munch between classes. This also makes a sweet gift for a family member, like a sister or sister-in-law, who’s an educator.
Best for animal lovers
CurioPress Personalized Animal Note Card Set
Any pet-obsessed parent will adore this personalized stationery that features an illustrated version of their furry BFF. Pick a pup, customize the text, then choose from 21 ink and envelope colors. It’s the paw-fect gift for dog lovers! There’s also a feline version if you’re looking for gifts for cat lovers.
Best for chocolate super fans
Harry & David You Rock Chocolate Box
Delicacies and food items are always reliable thank-you gifts, Perramond notes. She particularly likes Harry & David’s selection because of the different choices based on your budget and the recipient’s preferences. If the person you’re buying for has a sweet tooth, this cheerful “You Rock” gift box will be a hit. It includes dark chocolate raspberry, dulce de leche, double chocolate, and dark chocolate truffles. You should also bookmark this list of the best online flower delivery services for another thank-you gift idea they’re sure to love.
Best for coffee lovers
Chicago French Press The Rise Monthly Coffee Subscription
Bailey suggests giving locally roasted coffee as a gift, and loves Chicago French Press. “I’m a coffee enthusiast/fanatic, so I always appreciate when someone gives me a roast that tells a story,” she says. “I think it’s also important to support small and local businesses.” For $10 a month, snag a subscription of organic coffee that’s fresh-roasted in small batches. It includes one three-ounce bag of a favorite CFP flavor (your choice), plus one three-ounce surprise flavor. For more gifts that keep on giving, check out these other subscription boxes.
Best for snack aficionados
Broadway Basketeers Token of Appreciation Gift Tower
When it comes to thank-you gifts, simple and understated will usually suffice. But if you really want to make a statement, this colorful tower of gift boxes is packed with a variety of scrumptious sweets and treats. The goodies include Lindt chocolate truffles, cinnamon yogurt pretzels, chocolate-drizzled caramel popcorn, a sweet and savory snack mix, assorted fruit puffs, and gourmet cookies. Plus, “food is always a good gift,” confirms etiquette expert Jules Hirst. Check out more convenient Amazon Prime gifts that will arrive in a jiffy.
Best for scent mavens
Opalhouse You’re the Best Candle
It’s a simple fact: Women love scented candles. What would they love even more? One that gives them a compliment! Show your gratitude with this vanilla and coconut candle that makes your appreciation clear. There’s also a coral-colored, lavender and thyme–scented “Love Ya” design and a sunny yellow “Oh Happy Day” option filled with notes of grapefruit and hibiscus.
Best for coworkers
Succulent Chocolate Gift Set
When looking for professional thank-you gifts, Perramond points to Uncommon Goods for their “unique gifts that are more personal” and less generic. Take, for example, these botanical bonbons. The exquisitely folded paper succulents are pretty enough to display in a planter, but they unfold to reveal a scrumptious dark chocolate confection.
Best for caretakers
HopeLoveShine Thank You Necklace
This chic interlocking-circle pendant is stylish, sure, but it’s the meaning behind the bauble that makes it a beautiful piece of jewelry. Each handmade linked design—crafted in 14k gold vermeil and sterling silver—is a symbol of unity and gratitude. The ribbon-wrapped, book-shaped box opens like a story and displays the message: “You give your time. You give your hands. But most of all you give your heart. All your time and effort doesn’t go unnoticed. It makes a difference to so many people.” For more one-of-a-kind finds, these Etsy gifts won’t disappoint.
Best for wine connoisseurs
Big Dot of Happiness Wine Bottle Label Stickers
“It’s always a good idea to give your hostess a gift when you attend a party they threw or stayed at their home for the weekend, even if it’s just a bottle of wine,” says etiquette expert Lisa Mirza Grotts. When it comes to gifts for wine lovers, pick up some vino, then add a memorable touch with these labels that express your gratitude. The four designs display sayings like “Good Friends Deserve Good Wine” and “You’re Simply the Best.”
Best for the skin care obsessed
Image Skincare Four Star Favorites Trial Kit
Thank-you gifts for beauty devotees don’t have to cost a fortune. For just $11, you can get a set of Image Skincare’s best-selling products. The bite-size kit features a balancing facial cleanser, hydrating anti-aging serum, daily matte moisturizer with SPF 32, hydrating repair cream, and padded pouch. This TSA-friendly set is also a fab gift for travelers!
Best for cookie fans
Cheryl’s Cookies Thanks a Bunch Treats Tin
“A gift that places the recipient first in mind is best,” says Bailey. “However, if you don’t know them well, something consumable is great.” They may not have your taste in art or even paperweights, but most everyone can enjoy a yummy treat, and you can’t go wrong with cookies. This “Thanks a Bunch” tin of sweets is packed with 12 cookie varieties including buttercream frosted, chocolate chip, sprinkles, sugar, and more.
Best for on-the-go types
Yeti Rambler 30-Ounce Travel Mug
Yeti is like the Tiffany & Co. of tumblers. Once you own one, it becomes clear why so many people are die-hard fans of the brand. (More than 25,000 people sing its praises on Amazon!) The quality and craftsmanship of this cup-holder-compatible design features double-wall vacuum insulation and a leak-resistant lid, and as a bonus, it’s dishwasher safe! You can even customize it with text or a photo for an extra-special personalized gift.
Best for home chefs
Man Crates Salts of Legend
Spice up their seasoning game with this set of salts that will add a pop of flavor to any meal. It includes Himalayan Pink Salt, French Grey Salt, Mediterranean Sea Salt, and Hawaiian Black Lava Salt—all perfect additions to meats, veggies, popcorn, eggs, and more.
Best for plant parents
Plants.com Mini Foliage Trio
When choosing flowers or plants, Perramond says it’s always better to err on the side of caution and select something simple, elegant, and neutral in color and scent; that way, you can avoid potential allergy issues. These three plants come potted in copper-colored, ribbed metal planters. They will thrive in indirect light, are easy to care for, and are pet-friendly, too!
Best for sweet tooths
Sconie Mini-Scone Sampler
Cakes, cookies, and pies always make wonderful thank-you gifts, and these scrumptious mini scones (aka sconies) will delight the foodie in your life. Choose from 12, 18, 24, or 36 sconies in sweet and savory flavors such as Banana Toffee, Apple Crisp, ButterBeer, Cinnamon Roll, Garlic Herb, Key Lime Pie, and Orange Creamsicle. If they prefer to create their own confections, consider putting together a thank-you gift basket with a few of these baking gifts.
Best for practical fashionistas
Auxiliary Cashmere Tech Gloves
Cashmere is the epitome of luxury, and while you shouldn’t go over the top with a coat or even a sweater, smaller accessories are an excellent idea. Made with super soft cashmere from Italy, these tech-friendly gloves will last years or even decades. Choose from five colors, including a fun hot pink and classic neutral shades such as heather gray, mocha brown, and timeless black. Heated gloves would also be a thoughtful choice for people who are eternally cold.
Best for self-care fans
GSQ by GLAMSQUAD Scalp Massager
Getting a haircut is great, but for some women, the best part is having your hair washed and head massaged. Give the gift of that salon treatment at home with this scalp kneader, which also helps to remove product buildup. It can be used alone or with any hair product.
Best for frequent fliers
Gentlemen’s Hardware Flight Ready Travel Kit
Ideal for the jet-setting gent, this airport-friendly kit makes traveling a breeze. The grab-and-go grooming products include a 3-in-1 wash, shaving cream, face wash, and hand and face lotion—all conveniently stored in a durable tin. For more guy-centric presents, don’t miss these other notable gifts for men.
Best for hot sauce enthusiasts
Mike’s Hot Honey Combo Pack
When it comes to condiments, some like it hot! More than 35,000 five-star reviewers rave about these spicy sauces, which add a kick to dressings, marinades, meats, and more. Add a little of the original or the extra hot version to fried chicken and wings, drizzle it on pizza, or use it instead of regular honey in cocktails and tea! These Amazon best sellers are all-natural and gluten-free, and they don’t contain any artificial sugar or preservatives.
Best for the cleaning conscious
Williams Sonoma Meyer Lemon Kitchen Essentials Kit
Thank-you gift baskets and sets are “wonderful not only in the way they are beautifully presented but also because they offer such a wide variety of options,” says Perramond. She particularly likes Williams Sonoma’s Meyer Lemon selection. This perfectly packaged pick includes a hand soap, dish soap, and countertop spray. The products are made without any harsh chemicals to be extra gentle on skin.
Best for shoppers on a budget
The Popcorn Factory Cards with Pop
If you’re cash-strapped but want something that’s a step up from a basic note, this idea adds an extra “pop.” Send this colorful mini box packed with yummy caramel popcorn for a surprise treat. You’ll find more great ideas on our list of cheap holiday gifts.
Best for homebodies
Peace Organics Cozy Up Gift Box
Take the guesswork out of thank-you gift ideas for people who love to hang at home. This sweet bundle will get anyone ready for a chill night: It comes with a pair of comfy wool socks, organic hot cocoa, a hand-poured candle (choose from 13 scents), matches, and a personalized card. Get an extra for yourself and call it a self-care gift!
Best for beauty buffs
Pop-arazzi Moisturizing Body Wash
Anyone concerned with appearances will appreciate the way Pop-arazzi’s bath and body products nourish the skin—and how their colorful pop-art packaging looks stunning on any shelf. Pick a hydrating body wash, hand and nail cream, cooling eye gels, clarifying sheet masks, or an exfoliating scrub—all available at CVS. Or, since they’re so affordable, you can gift them all!
Best for loungewear lovers
Athleta Calm Cool Set
There are certain instances where you may want to invest more, explains Perramond, such as if a professional contact refers your business to someone and it results in a lucrative contract, or if someone offers ongoing assistance or is exceptionally generous. In that case, for lazy-day loungers (or anyone serious about getting a solid eight hours of shut-eye!), a fancy pair of pajamas is a primo present pick. Enter Athleta’s brand-new sleep performance collection. The top and matching bottoms are made from a breathable, cool-to-the-touch thermoregulating fabric designed to release body heat. It’s unbelievably soft, and while it is a bit pricey, we promise she’ll never want to wear anything else.
Best for tea drinkers
DavidsTea Feel Good Faves Tea Sampler
This thoughtful gift set for tea drinkers offers up tea with a wellness twist. The 12 loose-leaf infusions will help the drinker relax, digest, energize, and detox. We’ll drink to that—and so will they!
Best for puzzle masters
Jiggy No Rain No Flowers Puzzle
This woman-owned business aims to upgrade the outdated designs of the common jigsaw puzzle. Featuring art by emerging female artists, the site’s creations are so chic, you’ll want to hang them in your home. Luckily, each puzzle—which comes in a reusable glass jar—includes specially formulated glue to turn your pieces into frame-worthy decor.
Best for friends who fancy a fragrance
Eat. Sweat. Undress. Garden Party Perfumed Hair Mist
The ideal thank-you gifts are the ones a recipient might not buy for themselves. “I love this hair mist because it’s great to give to girlfriends, whether they are athletic or just love smelling good,” says Bailey of this floral-scented spray. “Even if they don’t use it for their hair, it’s great to mist in your home, and [the bottles] are small enough for me to keep a few in the house.” Translation: Stock up so you have them on hand when you need them!
Best for jewelry collectors
Shinery Radiance Jewelry Wash
These days, everyone is an obsessive hand-washer, but this genius cleanser has an added benefit: It also removes dirt and oils from your jewelry, making it sparkle and shine in seconds! Simply layer on your baubles, dispense a few pumps into your palms, and lather and rinse as usual. The plant-derived ingredients are gentle for daily use and safe on all metals and gemstones, including pearls, opals, emeralds, and turquoise.
Best for fashion-forward gals
Privé Revaux The Chic InstaShade
For style-minded friends you want to spend a bit more dough on, you can’t go wrong with these three-in-one glasses. Privé Revaux’s brand-new technology quickly transforms clear-lens blue-light blockers into polarized sunglasses with two frames that easily snap on the front via magnets. The classic shape with a slight cat-eye is stylish, versatile, and made to last. It sports an anti-glare and scratch-resistant coating and 100 percent UVA/UVB protection, and it also comes with a collapsible faux-leather case.
Best for zodiac followers
BaubleBar Astro Charm
Anyone obsessed with astrology can proudly display their sign with this chic gold-plated brass pendant dotted with sparkly glass stones. It can be attached to any chain they already own, or you can add a bracelet or necklace to complete the gift.
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- Taylor Elizabeth Perramond, founder and director of the Elegance Advisor Consultancy
- Crystal L. Bailey, director of the Etiquette Institute of Washington
- Jules Hirst, etiquette expert and co-author of The Power of Civility
- Lisa Mirza Grotts, certified etiquette professional and founder of Golden Rules Gal