Two simple words: “Thank You”. They can go a long way. The problem is they don’t cost you anything, so they don’t go far enough. If you really want someone to buy into your appreciation, you’re going to have to pay for it. That’s okay, because you don’t have to leave your seat to make it happen. Seriously, wherever you are right now is fine. Your journey is over. You’ve found us. That wasn’t so bad, was it?
Experiences Are The Best Gifts
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.
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.
Box Of Compliments
Stroke someone’s ego again and again with a fancy box full of compliments. They’ll feel so good about themselves that they’ll be eager to help you again. Remember, flattery will get you everywhere.
Never-Ending Thank You Card
Say thank you and say it again, and again, and again, and again, and just keep saying it for hours and hours and hours with the Never-Ending thank you card. It’s a card that plays a song, but closing it won’t make the song stop. Nothing will, actually.
Lottery Ticket Bouquet
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.
1 Year Of Amazon Prime
We’re not sure what someone could do to earn a thank you gift this good, but it must have been spectacular. Think about it: you’re giving them a year of free shipping on millions of products plus access to one of the biggest streaming video libraries out there. Whoa.
5 Star Dinner
Everybody loves good cheffin’! Turn your thank you gift into a culinary experience by taking them out to the finest restaurant in town. And don’t skimp. Get every course, get the wine, have coffee afterwards. The works. It’s a classic that never fails.
Donation In Their Name
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.
Stock Gift Cards
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 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.
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.
Night Of Babysitting
Here’s what every parent really wants, even if they don’t want to admit it: “One night away from the kids! One night! Just a few hours even! A few minutes would do! Just please, someone, please watch these kids for a while and let me do something for me!” Say thank you by being that someone.
Pick Them Up In A Limo
Here’s a classy gift that says thank you in a bold way. Tell them you want to take them out for dinner but show up in a stretch limo. They will be begging to do you more favors. Seriously. Don’t forget the champagne.
Night On The Town
Paint the town in their favorite color, then give it a second coat. Pick up the tab along the way and let them act like royalty. They deserve it. And you’ll probably have fun too.
1 Day of Yard Work
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.
If you really need to say thank you in a big way, like, maybe they’ve saved your life or something, then taking them on a vacation is probably the thing to do. Maybe take them on vacation every year. For the rest of your life.
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.
It would probably be underwhelming if you just gave someone a few pieces of fruit as a thank you present. But cut the fruit into shapes, skewer them on some sticks, and arrange them to look like a bouquet of flowers? Now that’s a thank you gift!
Harry & David Gift Basket
Whatever they did to earn a Harry & David’s basket as a thank you gift must have been pretty danged special. Like, did they rescue you from a burning building? Give you a winning lottery ticket? Slay a the dragon threatening your castle? Because these baskets are incredible.
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.
AirBNB Gift Card
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.
Hilton Hotel Gift Card
When traveling, some people really like an element of predictability to anchor their experience in an unfamiliar place. With a recognizable name like Hilton, you know exactly what to expect. Unfortunately, that name and that predictability come at a premium. What better way to say thank you then taking the sting out of a vacation’s most expensive element by picking up the tab ahead of time?
Lobsters By Mail
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.
Gift Card For Hotels.com
Back in the old days you were really rolling the dice when you chose a hotel. Either you called blindly after skimming the phone book or simply drove all night and hoped you saw a vacancy sign before you ran out of gas and got murdered by a vagrant. A hotels.com gift card is not just a way of picking up the tab for a night’s stay; it’s also the priceless gift of peace of mind. When they get back they’ll be the one thanking you. Who knows? You might just get a gift card.
Need something that shows the size of your gratitude? The scale of your appreciation? Giant candy is the way to go. Not only does it say thank you in a big way, it also says thank you in the sweetest way possible, and it gives you the perfect opportunity to return the favor if they need a lift to the dentist to check for cavities in a few months time…
Gift Card For Any Restaurant They Want
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.
Gift Card to (Almost) Any Spa
They scratched your back, so you need to scratch theirs. Or better yet, forget the scratching and just get them a massage. With a SpaFinder gift card they’ll be feeling pretty good about helping you out, so you know they’ll be there next time you need them to bail you out. The card is good for all kinds of things like facials, yoga, massage and more at thousands of locations across the country.