17 Thank You Gifts That Show Your Appreciation

Updated: Jul. 10, 2024

Whether it's for a neighbor, family member or friend, these thoughtful thank you gifts are the perfect way to show your gratitude.

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They say that home is where the heart is, so when someone invites you into their personal space, it’s a pretty big deal. From showing off your manners to avoiding common party fouls, it’s important to be a good guest while you’re at someone’s house. However, if you want to show that special someone just how much their hospitality means to you, why not come prepared with a hosting gift? (Sure, a thank you card is always appreciated, but arriving prepared with a present will bring some good juju into the party.)  A bottle of wine or floral arrangement are status quo; however, we thought outside the box and found a few unique ideas that make you a shoo-in for another invitation.  Pretty soon, it’s you who will be on the receiving end of a chorus of “thank yous.”

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For the Self-Care Queen

Cozy Thank You Box

There’s a reason this cozy box is at the top of our thank you gifts list; it’s the ideal balance of practical and personal. Start by picking one of the seven types of sheet masks, such as charcoal, honey or red wine. Then, write a personalized message for the card. A packet of hot cocoa, a candle, a bath bomb, lip balm, socks and a scrunchie complete this gorgeous set. Or, get inspired by our other favorite care packages.

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For the Sentimental Friend

Custom Video Book

For a close friend or family member, this custom video book is a thank you gift they’ll never forget. Simply add your favorite home videos, customize the cover and send it to your loved one. When they open the book, the video plays automatically! No tech expertise required.

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For the Host

The Personalized Giving Plate

We love a gift that keeps on giving. And this personalized giving plate will keep making the rounds long after the last bite. Fill with cookies, brownies or some other tasty treat, then gift to your loved one. They can then refill the plate and pass it on to another worthy recipient! Check out our “just because” gift ideas, too.

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for the at-home bartender

Whiskey Enhancing Oak Tumbler

A bottle of spirits is a classic thank you gift. Take this idea to the next level by gifting a gorgeous whiskey-enhancing oak tumbler. This special drinking vessel is lined with a honey wax that helps elevate the flavor of his favorite dram. Bonus points if you pair this tumbler with a bottle of the good stuff or these other bartending gadgets.

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For the Sweet Tooth

Thank You Gift Box

When there isn’t time for a homemade treat, these thank you cupcakes are the next best thing. The gourmet box includes a variety of ever-rotating cupcake flavors such as tie-dye, red velvet and cookies and cream. Plus, this thank you gift easily ships directly to your giftee’s door.

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For the Early Bird

Tearoom Sconces Sample

Breakfast lovers will delight in this scone sampler set. These bites come in an assortment of fun flavors, such as cinnamon chip, currant and dark chocolate chunk. Plus, it’s a great gift for when you need to say “thanks!” to a larger group of people, like co-workers or your child’s teachers.

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For the Person Who Has Everything

Simmered Cider Candle

Candles are classic thank you gifts, and this elegant simmered cider candle is no exception. It’s a sensuous blend of apple, clove, cardamom and bourbon that seriously smells like the real deal. Pair it with one of these candle accessories if you’re feeling extra generous. 

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For the Jet-Setter

YETI Custom Travel Mug

For the person who’s always on the go, give the gift of hot coffee. This heavy-duty YETI rambler can hold 30 ounces, and the stronghold lid prevents leaks. Plus, you can customize the temperature-regulating tumbler with text, monograms or images for a personalized touch.

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For That Stressed-Out Someone

Thulisa Naturals Lavender Shower Steamers

Trust us—you can’t go wrong with this soothing thank you gift. These shower steamers are infused with essential oils for a relaxing experience anyone will enjoy. Choose from tablets that promote calm, breath, focus, energy and balance.

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For the Fancy Friend

Anthropologie Gilded Agate Coaster

Coasters are a practical thank you gift. And we love these agate beauties for everything from a hostess gift to a bridesmaid thank you gift. We suggest ordering a set, either in the same tone or mixed-and-matched hues.

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for the movie buff

Thank You Moose Munch Premium Popcorn Tin

This is one of those thank you gifts that you’ll want to keep for yourself! Packed with four bags of Harry & David’s addictive Moose Munch, this tin set is ideal for anyone with a salty sweet tooth.

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For the Makeup Maven

Compact Mirror

These custom compact mirrors bring retro style to the modern age. Choose from gold, rose gold or silver finishes, then add the desired names. Your favorite gal pal will be reminded of you every time she checks her lipstick.

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For the Home Chef

Recipe Tin

If you’re thanking a home cook, this floral recipe tin will go a long way. It includes 24 recipe cards and 12 recipe dividers for stashing all of their favorite dishes. And, thanks to the pretty patterns, it can double as a piece of decor! Check out these other stunning recipe boxes and tins.

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For the Tea Drinker

Thanks You're A Peach Gift Tea

Thanks—you’re a peach! We can’t decide what we love most about this tea sampler—the adorable packaging or flavorful tea inside. Your recipient will enjoy warming up with mugs of the oh-so-fitting peach-ginger black tea.

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for the pet parent

Dog Notecard

For the pal who can’t get enough of her pooch, you can’t go wrong with this personalized stationery set. Choose from over 70 different dog breeds and over 20 envelope colors to create the set of her dreams.

Thank You Necklace
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For the Best Friend

Thank You Necklace

She’ll love wearing this subtle thank you necklace around her neck, but she’ll love the thought behind it even more. Choose from gold filled or sterling silver.

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for the lounger

Eddie Bauer Reversible Throw Blanket

Another classic thank you gift, this sherpa throw blanket is ideal for that friend or co-worker who’s always cold. Cozy up with any one of the tartan, checked or plaid patterns for a plush present they’re sure to love. For more inspiration, check out our best gift ideas.


What is a good gift to show appreciation?

Ultimately, a great thank-you gift depends on its recipient. (While a 500-piece jigsaw might seem like a boring gift to some, people who love puzzles will love it!) If you don’t know the recipient that well, try a consistent crowd-pleaser like a succulent, bottle of wine or a candle.

What to put in a thank you basket?

Putting together a gift basket for someone is a great way to tie lots of smaller items together, whether your giftee loves cooking or you want to encourage them to pamper themselves. You don’t need to break the bank on a gift basket full of expensive items—you can even save cash by finding a nice basket second-hand at your local thrift store. Or you can save time by ordering one of the best pre-assembled gift baskets.

How do you write a thoughtful thank you note?

If you’re going to pair your thank you present with a card, remember to express your gratitude in writing. Simply telling your special someone how much you appreciate them will make your recipient smile.

Originally Published in 1,519 All-Natural, All-Amazing Gardening Secrets