Finding the best thank you gifts is all about finding something that says, “You’re really awesome and I appreciate you.” When you want to show your gratitude for someone and a thank you card just doesn’t seem sufficient, give them a thank you present. And as cheesy as it sounds, that old saying is true: it’s the thought that counts. And especially these days when we’re still (sigh) experiencing a pandemic that keeps us from seeing our loved ones, sending a thank you gift to a faraway friend is all the more meaningful.
So we’ve rounded up the best appreciation gift ideas that work for everyone on your thank you list, whether it’s a coworker, a best friend, a second cousin, etc, etc. And we’ve got something for every kind of thank you gift: personalized presents, off-beat creative gifts, small under-$10 gifts, and more. And everything is so good you might just be tempted to buy an extra one for yourself, too.
Below, see our picks for the best thank you gifts that say, “You’re so thoughtful, and I am too because I got you this awesome present.”
Creative Thank You Gifts
What says “thank you” more than an inspirational Golden Girls book? The description reads, “Featuring fun and colorful illustrations throughout, Thank You for Being a Friend brings you the ultimate wisdom of Dorothy, Rose, Sophia, and Blanche. Find out which Girl is your true spirit animal with the “Which Golden Girl Are You?” quiz; get sex and dating advice from TV’s greatest vamp, Blanche Devereaux; and master the art of the witty zinger with Dorothy.” There are also Golden Girls-approved cheesecake recipes, fashion advice, and more.
If your gift recipient is feeling the stress of, well, everything, Dazey’s full-spectrum CBD oil has been a godsend (the Scary Mommy team can personally vouch for this). It can help you relax and sleep better without actually getting you high (don’t worry, you’re not giving someone mind-altering drugs).
It’s been a tough year for everyone. Regardless of who you gift this to, they’ll feel appreciated when they use it, because it’s even more therapeutic than a hug (and safer these days). Weighted blankets are shown to reduce stress and anxiety and help with in insomnia because of how the blanket applied gentle pressure to your body.
If you want to thank your favorite Schitt’s Creek-loving friend, get them this “fold in the cheese” cutting board. They’ll know exactly what it’s talking about and will probably be inspired to re-watch the episode, which depicted a hilarious bonding moment between David and Moira. What else can we say? Just fold in the cheese!
Everyone can always use an extra tote, whether they’re going to the beach (some day!), running an errand, or need an impromptu grocery bag. Show your gratitude with this “Thank you have a nice day” bag.
Give your friend a fancy wine holder for their bathroom, and they will thank you for life. While this wine holder is a little more ~fancy~ than a regular plastic one (it’s made with wood and hand-picked stones), it’ll definitely make them feel more pampered as they take a bath.
If your friend has a sweet tooth, give them this vintage candy gift assortment that comes in a decorative “thank you” box.
Thank You Gifts For Women
This thank you gift set comes loaded with goodies: a honeysuckle jasmine candle, decorative matches, bath salts, a bath bomb, lip balm, soap and a fancy pen.
Fuzzy sandal slippers are having a moment right now, so if your friend loves a trend, say thank you with these shearling slippers. Plus, with our WFH situations, they may appreciate a pair of ultra soft slippers to wear around the house in.
It’s been said before but it deserves repeating: self-care is so important. Give her this “self love” candle with top notes of rose and peony petals. You also just can’t go wrong with candles. Everyone loves candles.
People go absolutely bananas over this Revlon hair styler, and the proof is in the numbers: it has a staggering 131,000(!) reviews on Amazon. With it, you don’t need to spend the time or effort blow drying your hair and then styling it — this device will dry and style as you go, and it really, really works.
If your friend never met a beauty product she didn’t like, give her this Charlotte Tilbury set. The rosy “Pillow Talk” shade is flattering on everyone, which is probably why it has such a huge cult following.
Personalized Thank You Gifts
What’s a more thoughtful, personalized gift to give to a friend than a pillow in the shape of their pet?
If the person you’re thanking likes to cook, they most likely use their cutting board a lot — and it gets dinged up over time. You could get them a standard cutting board…or you could personalize it with the state they’re from! With so many of us sacrificing family time with our loved ones back home, this adds another level of personalization and thoughtfulness.
A simple initial necklace is an elegant personalized gift, and this one looks much more expensive than it is.
This gorgeous journal comes customizable with your friend’s name printed on the cover. Perfect for anyone who loves making lists or is always jotting down ideas.
If you’re buying for someone who always brings the best food to the potluck party, give them this apron with their name on it. It also has great reviews, too, with one writing, “I treated myself to this apron because I could personalize it with my name. And I’m glad to have it. The fabric is flexible and feels like coated canvas. I expect it to be able to withstand wear over time. It’s thick enough to keep most splashes from going through to my clothing.”
Small Thank You Gifts
C’mon. A cute $5 mug that celebrates online shopping? Doesn’t get better than that. Plus, everyone could use a new mug, whether you drink tea or coffee.
Say “thank you, you’re better than waffles” with this mini waffle maker that’s only $10. It’s one of our favorite kitchen gadgets, because a) it’s adorable, b) it makes delicious waffles, and c) it’s so easy to use!
This set of cards with inspiring quotes makes a perfect small thank you gift. And everyone needs a little boost of inspo now and then.
Thank You Gifts For Him
Socks are always a foolproof gift, and this set of two pairs comes in “thank you-themed” packaging.
If he’s a whisky-lover, this fancy gift set comes with all the accoutrements he needs to whip up a stiff drink.
This beard grooming kit is hugely popular, with nearly a 5-star rating and a whopping 13k reviews on Amazon. Especially these days, it’s hard to get to a salon (or feel safe while doing so). He might be resorting to doing his own hair, and he might…need some help.
We’re all spending more time indoors these days, and so if he’s a golfer he’ll love this indoors electronic putting mat.
Thank You Gifts For Coworkers
Because sometimes we all zone out in work meetings. This joke calendar comes with daily tips to appear smart in meetings, even if you’re totally unprepared and checked out.
If your coworker bestie is also a foodie, they will obsess over this luxury olive oil gift set from Brightland.
This stemless glass says exactly why you need that extra glass of wine: because, work.