The season of giving should really be year-round. We often weather storms of stress and worry, but there are certain people that provide us with much needed hope or just the right kind of advice. Showing gratitude is a healthy practice for us all (and doesn’t have to be expensive either). Here are four thank you gift ideas that your wallet will thank you for.
1. Something Old, Something New & Something To Say Thank You
Write this out on a tag so that your celebrant knows exactly what this gift package contains. The simple rhyme is easy to follow and adds a fun touch while the mix of gifts allows you to spend your money carefully.
Here’s what I did for a best friend:
Something Old– A tattered copy of her favorite book (since she’s been wanting one to travel with)
Something New– A silver necklace
Something to Say Thank You– A handwritten note of gratitude chock-full of inside jokes
2. Teas & Thank You
Clever titles will make any gift better. I re-used an empty jewelry box as a peek-a-boo type package and some string to keep the tea packets together. Add a nice mug and a thank you letter and your recipient is ready to steep in gratitude! This is a great option for professional settings at work or school.
3. Jars of Light
Show appreciation for those guardians in your life. Wrap yarn around a clean jar and tie the ends snugly. Hot glue can also help keep the ends of the yarn attached to the glass. Red, orange, and yellow yarn created this gradient look. Place a small candle inside and attach a note to your homemade lantern.
Here are a few suggestions for those warm words:
“You have been a light for me lately. Thank you.”
“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames. –Rumi”
4. Framed Quote Art
Dollar stores and thrift stores have very affordable and eclectic frames. Grab two complementary frames and insert a quote and a picture. Song lyrics are another great option for quotes paired with a mix CD (remember those?). These decorative gifts are semi-homemade but 100% thoughtful.
Let’s consistently remember and recognize those around us who make our day-to-day easier. Simple acts of kindness can speak volumes, so let your appreciation be heard by those who matter most.
How do you say thank you?
Images: Marian Rose Bagamaspad