Southwest Airlines Gift Card
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.
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.
There are not many “things” that we treasure above our memories. Who would trade the remembered experience with someone we love for a mere physical object. So instead of buying something for someone, do something with them instead. You will never regret it.
When you’re indebted to someone who wouldn’t want you to get them a gift, the best way to repay them is with some hard work. Everyone has an endless list of chores and projects around the house that never seem to get done. Cross a few things off for them. It’s free, and it’s a genuine way to show them how grateful you are.
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.
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.
Who knew this was a thing? Say thanks by giving someone an investment portfolio! Pick a stock and a dollar amount, and they get a fractional amount of stock equivalent to what you spent that they can keep or trade or sell for cash as they wish.
If you’re indebted to someone the best way to pay them back is with money. That’s pretty obvious. But giving cash feels a little impersonal, like you just bought their help. Turn that cash into a money bouquet, and now you’ve got a work of art, which they’ll feel better about accepting. At some point in the future they will pull it apart and spend the cash. Which is what you wanted in the first place.