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Thank You Gifts Ideas


From the neighbor who brought us chicken soup when we were sick, to the community center volunteer that went above and beyond; thank you gifts can be some of the nicest presents to give and to receive. Of course there is an artful balance between giving and receiving. Sometimes a heartfelt "thank you" is the best response and nothing need be given in return. Other times, we are moved and inspired-or etiquette may even require us-to express our thanks with more than just words.

Gift Ideas
  • Assortment of gourmet teas
  • Flowers
  • Homemade cookies on a pretty colored glass plate
  • Houseplant
  • Bath sachets
  • Coffee table art book
  • Bottle of wine
  • Fancy pasta and a jar of imported red sauce
  • A fresh fruit tart from the best neighborhood bakery
  • A candy jar full of a colorful mix of hard candy
  • Gift from an art museum gift store with two tickets to the latest exhibit
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell me when a thank you gift should be given?
While it would be impossible to list every occasion where a thank you gift might be appropriate, here are some situations that frequently merit a gift of thanks:

  • A friend provides an evening of free childcare (and has no kids for you to care for in exchange).
  • A friend or family member helps you with some aspect of your wedding.
  • A neighborhood kid mows your lawn while you were convalescing with a broken leg.
  • The mother of your son's best friend repeatedly drives the kids to swimming lessons.
  • An acquaintance refers a large contract or new client to your business.
  • You've been a guest at someone's home.
  • It's the winter holiday season and you would like to tip household and building staff or exceptional service providers.

What about thank you notes in-lieu of gifts?
There are many instances where an act of kindness or an unexpected gift is best acknowledged with a thank you note or a social invitation. The art of graciously receiving a gift (or allowing someone to assist you when the favor cannot be returned) is just as important as being a skilled gift giver. Many people just want to do something nice because it makes them feel good. In these instances a thank you note may be appreciated far more than a gift given in return.

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