41 Thoughtful Thank-You Gifts to Show Your Gratitude
Show your appreciation for all they’ve done with thank-you gifts they’ll truly love
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Thank-you gifts they’ll appreciate
When someone goes above and beyond for you, you might be wondering if it’s enough to send a heartfelt thank-you message or if you should give a thank-you gift. “A handwritten thank-you note goes the extra mile past politeness toward graciousness and shows sincerity, intention and effort,” says Taylor Elizabeth Perramond, founder and director of the Elegance Advisor Consultancy. What is written in a card may have more of an impact than fancy thank-you gifts, she explains, “because words sincerely written have an unparalleled ability to make a lasting impression.”
If you aren’t sure whether 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. “We like to think of gift-giving as discretionary,” she adds, “but there are certain instances when a thank-you gift is required.”
When should you give a thank-you gift?
According to Bailey, 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 or a family member who invited me to stay at their home.”
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 to choose a thank-you gift
When it comes to thank-you gifts, it’s all about thoughtfulness. “There’s no need to break the bank,” says Bailey. Your first and foremost question should be: Is this something that will bring them joy? Consider the person’s hobbies, lifestyle and personality. If you don’t know them well, you usually can’t go wrong with something edible. “They may not have your taste in art or even paperweights, but almost everyone can enjoy a box set of unique teas or coffee roasts,” Bailey adds.
Perramond also believes your gift should be proportional to what you are expressing thanks for, and it should be appropriate for your relationship. For example, a nice bouquet of flowers is a thoughtful way to say thank you to a neighbor for feeding your cat. If a professional contact refers your business to someone and it results in a lucrative contract, then consider investing in something a bit more significant—say, tickets to a show, a wine tour or another gifting experience.
How much should you spend?
If you’re still stumped on what to spend, a general guideline is $25 to $75, depending on the context. “However, you can make someone feel really appreciated by presenting a thoughtful gift to them regardless of the price,” insists Perramond. “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 the perfect gift ideas to 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 and beauty products to personalized gift ideas and completely unique gifts, 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.
On the flip side, consider treating yourself to something nice—whether it’s for a promotion, helping out a friend or accomplishing a task. If you’re searching for how to be happier and ways to practice gratitude, acknowledging your own everyday wins is a good place to start. Gratitude journals and inspirational books are other excellent forms of self-care too.
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Best for teachers
A+ Teacher Thank You Gift Box
Educators are our unsung heroes. And you don’t have to wait until the holidays to acknowledge their tireless commitment to children. This pretty packaged set shows you care and will definitely brighten their day. It includes a “Brew Got This” breakfast-blend coffee, a “Teaching Is a Work of Heart” tumbler, and chocolate and candy to munch on 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 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 Chocolate Box
Food items are always reliable thank-you gifts, notes Perramond. She particularly likes Harry & David’s selection because there are loads of different choices based on your budget and the recipient’s preferences. If the person you’re buying for has a sweet tooth, opt for this delectable “You’re the Sweetest” gift box. 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 java junkies
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 fanatic, so I always appreciate it 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 3-ounce bag of a favorite CFP flavor (your choice), plus one 3-ounce surprise flavor. For more gifts that keep on giving, check out these other subscription boxes.
Best for snackers
Broadway Basketeers Token of Appreciation Gift Tower
When it comes to thank-you gifts, simple and understated usually suffices. 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. Need a last-minute present? Here are more convenient Amazon Prime gifts that will arrive in a jiffy.
Best for friends who fancy fragrances
Lafco Champagne Gift Set
The ideal thank-you gifts are the ones a recipient might not buy for themselves. This prettily packaged Lafco gift set includes a citrus-scented luxe liquid soap and super-moisturizing hand cream. Appropriately named Champagne, it’s a sweet way to say thanks and cheers to a buddy.
Best for co-workers
Thank You Daisies Grow Kit
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, this cute little terra-cotta pot kit, perfectly sized for a co-worker’s desk. It includes everything needed to sprout daisies, including a filter that allows the plant to self-water and drain—because the last thing you want is to create more work for them!
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. And 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 Stickers
“It’s always a good idea to give your hostess a gift when you attend a party they throw or stay 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 a good bottle of vino, then add a memorable touch with these sticker labels that express your gratitude. The four designs display sayings like “Good Friends Deserve Good Wine” and “You’re Simply the Best.”
Best for skin-care aficionados
Replenix Picture Perfect Kit
Thank-you gifts for beauty devotees don’t have to cost a fortune. For less than $20, you can get this Picture Perfect set from the medical-grade skin-care brand Replenix. The pint-size kit features a soothing antioxidant mist, anti-aging retinol serum, redness-reducing face cream, brightening eye cream, a compact mirror and cute botanical-print cosmetic bag.
Best for cookie monsters
Cheryl’s Cookies Thanks a Bunch Treats Tin
If you’re stumped on what to buy, almost everyone enjoys a yummy treat, and you can’t go wrong with cookies. Plus, “food is always a good gift,” confirms etiquette expert Jules Hirst. This “Thanks a Bunch” tin of sweets has 12 cookie varieties, including buttercream frosted, chocolate chip, sprinkles, sugar and more. If you love to bake, you can also whip up a batch of these homemade food gifts.
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. 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 adds 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
Midcentury Modern Plant Stand
When choosing flowers or plants, Perramond says it’s always better to err on the side of caution and to select something simple, elegant and neutral in color and scent. That way, you can avoid potential allergy issues. Or, choose a planter so they can insert their own foliage. This midcentury modern stand accommodates fiddle leaf fig trees, cacti, snake plants and more.
Best for those with a sweet tooth
Seven Sisters Scones Sconie Sampler
Cakes, cookies and pies always make wonderful thank-you gifts, and these delicious mini scones (aka sconies) will delight any dessert-obsessed epicurean. 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 you want to get creative, consider putting together a thank-you gift basket with a few of these handmade gift ideas.
Best for beer fans
Personalized Photo Bottle Carrier
Booze is a reliable pick when you need thank-you gifts for small acts of kindness. Instead of buying a simple six-pack, put their favorite brews in this personalized bottle carrier. It’s custom-printed with a photo of your choice and one line of text. For less than $10, it’s a budget-friendly way to turn a traditional gift into something extra special.
Best for ladies who love the salon
Best of Dermstore Hair Edit
Getting a haircut is wonderful, 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 hair-care set from Dermstore. It’s packed with 12 bestselling products, including a color-safe Oribe shampoo and conditioner, Olaplex No. 9 nourishing hair serum, Virtue healing oil, Gloss Moderne hair mask, cosmetic bag and more. Even better: This set of hair helpers has a $211 value, but it will only set you back $50. Check out more self-care gifts to help anyone relax.
Best for frequent fliers
Gentlemen’s Hardware Travel Ready Kit
Ideal for the jet-setting gent, this airport-friendly kit makes traveling a breeze. The grab-and-go grooming products include a three-in-one shampoo/shower/shave wash, hydrating moisturizer and face cleanser—all conveniently packaged in a gift-ready presentation box. 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 43,000 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, drip it on pizza or use it instead of regular honey in cocktails and tea. These Amazon bestsellers 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 affordable ideas on our list of cheap holiday gifts.
Best for homebodies
Natural Succulents Thank You Gift Box
Take the guesswork out of thank-you gift ideas for people who love to hang at home. This nicely priced sweet bundle gets anyone ready for a chill night: It comes with a pair of fuzzy socks, velvet scrunchies, hot cocoa mix, a hand-poured soy candle, matches, a bath bomb, lip balm and a personalized greeting card. It’s all presented in a bold printed designer box—no wrapping paper required.
Best for beauty buffs
Ilia The Eye Set
Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but Ilia’s ready-to-gift Eye Set ensures their peepers look their best. It includes the clean makeup brand’s award-winning mascara, liquid liner and cream-to-powder eyeshadow in two finishes. Also check out Ilia’s Skin Tint—their bestselling foundation that’s sold more than 3 million bottles.
Best for the sleep-deprived
Athleta Calm Cool Set
Whether it’s for a parent running on fumes or just someone who’s serious about getting a solid eight hours of shut-eye, a fancy pair of pajamas is a primo present pick. Enter Athleta’s 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. They are unbelievably soft, and while they’re a bit pricier than the average PJ, we promise she’ll never want to wear anything else.
Best for puzzle masters
Jiggy Plants Over Plans Puzzle
This woman-owned business aims to upgrade the outdated designs of the common jigsaw puzzle. Featuring art by emerging female artists, Jiggy’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 scent mavens
Tocca Hair Mist
“I love a hair mist because it’s great to give to girlfriends, whether they are athletic or just love smelling good,” says Bailey. Tocca’s floral-scented sprays feature a mix of moisturizing oils that keep strands fragrant and shiny. “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 the health-conscious
Goalz Chocolate Bundle
People on restricted diets still deserve to indulge. Thankfully, Goalz serves up sugar-, soy- and dairy-free sweet treats. These plant-based, Keto-friendly and diabetic-approved chocolate discs will satisfy any health-minded foodie. Trust us: These artisan-quality desserts may be low-carb, but they’re bursting with flavor.
Best for jewelry lovers
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
Charm your style-minded friends 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% UVA/UVB protection, and it also comes with a collapsible faux-leather case.
Best for the hostess
La Tourangelle Black Truffle Infused Oil
Never show up empty-handed to a dinner party. Thank your host with a luxury cooking oil to spruce up their next meal. This La Tourangelle black truffle–infused oil amps up any culinary creation. Drizzle it on pizza, top off popcorn, mix it in pasta or use it as a dip for bread. With nearly 5,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Best for dessert lovers
Last Crumb Cookies
Last Crumb cookies are so delicious, you’ll devour—like its name suggests—every last crumb. The LA-based company freshly bakes these scrumptious sweets and releases limited-edition batches each week. Score a set of 12 unique and decadent flavors (like Nutella S’mores, Have Your Churro & Eat It Too, Pumpkin Spiced Latte), which are handcrafted with premium ingredients. Each individually wrapped delicacy arrives in a luxury gift box that acts like a tasting experience. If you’re looking for thank-you gift ideas for gourmands, this one is sure to make an impression.
Best for candle collectors
Birthdate Tarot Candle
It’s a simple fact: Women love scented candles. For mystical-minded ladies, this all-natural, soy-blend hand-poured candle features a special surprise. Melt the wax to reveal an engraved gold-plated tarot charm for a unique reading just for you. The spiritual charm doubles as a pendant, which can be strung on any chain and worn as a necklace.
Best for makeup mavens
Sephora Perfect Pout Lip Set
Impress makeup enthusiasts with this curated collection of Perfect Pout lip liners, lip balms and lipsticks from name brands they know and love, including Charlotte Tilbury, Clinique, Nars, Lineage and Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez. Even more impressive? The $28 price tag. (The set is worth $83!)
Best for sober pals
Knack Thanks & Cheers Gift Set
Looking for thank-you gifts for someone abstaining from alcohol? This cheerful gift set lets you raise a glass of Töst’s nonalcoholic sparkling beverage to show your gratitude. It also includes Sugarfina’s candy Thank You Bento Box and two gem crystal martini tumblers.
Best for long-distance loved ones
Do you wish you could hug a loved one to show your appreciation? If they aren’t within arm’s reach, this miniature mailbox—emblazoned with “Sending a Big Hug”—is the next best thing. Personalize it with a name and one line of text, then add their favorite candies, treats or a gift card if you’re feeling generous. Consider it an upgrade to the traditional thank-you card, and a gift that grandparents or parents will absolutely adore.
Best for loungewear lovers
Chaser Rib-Knit Pullover and Joggers
There are certain instances where you may want to invest more, explains Perramond, like if someone offers ongoing assistance or is exceptionally generous. In that case, for lazy-day loungers or no-dress-code work-from-home employees, comfy matching loungewear sets are a worthy splurge. This Chaser pullover and matching joggers—in eye-catching emerald green—is a sophisticated upgrade from ratty old sweats, and it’s stylish enough to wear outside too.
Best for self-care fanatics
Charlotte Tilbury Revitalising Magic Mini Skin Set
Anyone concerned with appearances will appreciate this Charlotte Tilbury gift set, which will help them put their best face forward. Skin-care enthusiasts will adore the Magic Serum Crystal Elixir and Magic Cream Moisturizer, which totally live up to their monikers. The cult-favorite products are clinically proven to improve skin and provide a luminous glow. They’ll end up thanking you for the flawless complexion!
Best for practical fashionistas
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 Babton tech-friendly gloves will last years or even decades. Choose from 11 colors, including a fun blush 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 budding artists
Create Your Own Comic Book
Hirst loves giving books as thank-you gifts based on the recipient’s interests. Whether you’re buying for kids or the young-at-heart, this DIY comic book is a fun gift for artists of any skill level. The 102-page tome features templates to inspire the creative process and help them dream up their own characters and storylines.
- Taylor Elizabeth Perramond, founder and director of the Elegance Advisor Consultancy
- Crystal L. Bailey, director of the Etiquette Institute of Washington
- Lisa Mirza Grotts, certified etiquette professional and founder of Golden Rules Gal
- Jules Hirst, etiquette expert and co-author of The Power of Civility