Unfortunately, as the world becomes more digital, the simple gesture of saying “Thank you” seems to be fading away with rotary phones and snail mail. However, showing appreciation is still very much in style, and it is always a sign of good taste to thank someone when they do something special for you. You can also show someone you are thankful just because they are someone special in your life.

Because we live in a world where minimalism is trending, most people prefer to clutter-free homes. The following guide is a list of 5 thoughtful thank you gift ideas that can be used and possibly consumed and recycled.

Food

Food

Food is an experience all on its own. It is difficult to find a person that does not have a favorite dish or treat. Bake a lasagna, a delicious pie or a batch of tasty brownies and there is little doubt that the recipient would decline such a heartfelt and mouthwatering thank you gift.

If you are a foodie, or you have been praised for several of your meals and desserts, compile a cookbook complete with your favorite recipes.

In addition, you can never go wrong with purchasing a thank you gift that is a more luxurious version of a food or drink the recipient already enjoys. For example, if the person loves coffee, buy them a specialty brand of coffee they have been wanting to try.

A Membership

This type of gift is not only useful, it can be practical as well. A great example of this is a AAA membership for someone who frequently travels on the road, drives late at night or owns an older vehicle. Do you know a person who enjoys researching new products before they buy them? Gift them with an online Consumer Reports subscription.

Keep in mind that this type of gift usually automatically renews after six months or a year. If the recipient has to pay, the gift may not be so thoughtful after all. So, plan to either cancel the membership before it expires, or renew it.

DIY Gifts

DIY Gifts

Crochet scarves and hats, some handmade soap or DIY end tables can showcase your creativity and skills while creating a one-of-a-kind thank you gift for someone special in your life.

Vitamin And Supplement Packs

Does your friend or family member always mention how tired they are, how they are generally not feeling well or they rarely go outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine? Why not get them a customized daily vitamin pack that will boost their energy and overall well-being?

Experiences

Research has shown time and again that people tend to treasure experiences and memories more than objects. With the majority of people having plenty of ‘stuff’, give them a memory they will treasure a lifetime instead. Some ideas are:

  • Tickets to see their favorite sports team play
  • A getaway for the weekend
  • Lunch or dinner at a restaurant they have been wanting to visit

Classes at a local community college like cooking classes, foreign languages, woodworking and business development can also be thoughtful thank you gifts that introduces them to new experiences.

These are just 5 thank you gift ideas you can present to someone you care about. Brighten up their day and show them how much you appreciate them.