Be a Butler For A Day
If you decide to do this, go all out. Show up at 5 in the morning dressed impeccably in a tuxedo. Proceed to handle all unpleasantness with quiet grace, never faltering, never betraying any emotion save unswerving loyalty to the person whom you owe bottomless gratitude.
Taking them out for a nice dinner is a pretty classic thank you gift, but honestly, they may have had enough of you by now. Get them a gift card to OpenTable and them them go out to the restaurant of their choice, with whoever they actually want to go with.
Standard hotels are convenient and something of a social institution, but when it comes down to it they’re all the same, except that in the cheaper ones the desk clerks are a little creepier and the maids are drunker. Airbnb takes the predictability out of travel lodging and replaces it with an endless variety of unique experiences. The perfect thank you gift for people who appreciate the human touch.
Pay it forward. Don’t just send a thank you gift and move on. Show your gratitude is real by helping someone else in the name of the one who helped you. There are plenty of deserving charities out there, so find a cause the person you want to say thanks to holds dear.
If you really owe them big time, there’s no better way to show your gratitude then treating them to a day of shopping. If they would be hesitant to accept this type of monetary repayment from you, just tell them you won a free gift card to their favorite store but couldn’t find anything you wanted.
A great gift for repaying a small favor that could pay off in a big way - They do you a favor. You say thank you by giving them lottery tickets. They win a truckload of money. Now it’s them who owes you a thank you gift. They can certainly afford it.
Lobsters have many, many great qualities, not least among them are their nutritional and flavor profiles. But they’re dumb as dirt, exceptionally slow, and don’t drive. So if it’s inconvenient for you to go all the way to the ocean to find the best lobsters, you’re going to have to have someone mail them to you. Thankfully, lobster mail is now a reality.
Show your appreciation by buying them a couple tickets to a cool event, show, or concert. Get two tickets so they can take their significant other or a friend. Don’t be weird and try to get them to let you have the second ticket with some not-so-subtle strategy. This is not your gift.
Say thank you by helping them get away and recharge in a faraway place where nobody knows them and they can act however they want with virtually no longstanding social repercussions. Because when things get tough, evacuation is usually the only solution.