The Best Thank You Gift Ideas

Sometimes gratitude is best expressed through a little gift. We've rounded up the best ideas for showing how much you appreciate the people around you.

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August 26, 2021

A heartfelt note, a gift card to a favorite restaurant or a batch of your famous chocolate chip cookies are all wonderful ways to say "thank you."

But if you're looking for a not-your-everyday gift that shows your appreciation, we've got you covered with 18 thoughtful ideas. Keep scrolling for suggestions to take to the hostess of your next party, to thank a neighbor for picking up your kids, for the co-worker that covered for you while you were on vacation or for a friend – just because she's always there.

Thank You Gifts for a Hostess

Take your hostess' lighter to the next level with this flameless one. It's rechargeable through a USB port and provides up to 1,000 lights per charge. The clean, butane-free ignition is eco-friendly and ideal for lighting candles right before guests arrive.

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This gorgeous set of glazed stoneware bowls is a lovely and functional gift. Soft earth tones coordinate with any kitchen design. Each bowl has an easy-to-pour spout and is dishwasher- and microwave-safe.

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Thank You Gifts for Teachers


Yes, teachers don't need any more mugs, but an insulated water bottle is essential. Keep their drink at the perfect temp and help them stay hydrated while they're keeping up with your kiddos all day.

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Teachers most likely have a huge planner for their school days, but this desk notepad is so handy for top-level events or after-school and personal activities. Pair it with a gift card (the most helpful way to give back to teachers since they can use it for the classroom or themselves) for the ultimate thank you.

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Thank You Gifts for Her

These sophisticated jewelry boxes make a lovely personalized "thank you." Perfect for traveling or simply storing a few favorite pieces, the soft suede-like interior prevents any metal tarnish and is covered in pebbled leather.

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This is one of my favorite gifts to give. Each page has a daily entry for five years so that your recipient will have a spot to jot down her thoughts or events as the years pass. It's a sweet way to be reminded of memories or see how things have changed over time.

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Thank You Gifts for Him


This is a great gift for anyone on your to-be-thanked list. And most of the guys in my life would certainly not turn down a box full of sweet and salty snacks. This combination includes gourmet chips, cookies, nuts and popcorn to take care of the munchies in a snap.

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Rugged and multifunctional, this utility bracelet ensures that your recipient will never be without his essential tools. Pick from two options — the pocket knife/screwdriver combo or the wrench/screwdriver duo — for on-the-go handiness.

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Thank You Gifts for Co-Workers

Bring a little greenery and life to your co-worker's desk with this completely sculptural air plant. Easy to care for, the air plant grows without soil and just needs a weekly 15-minute water soak.

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Another beautiful desk addition is one of these brass frames. Right on trend and utterly chic, the floating picture design allows them to display photographs, as well as oddly shaped items, like a concert ticket or pressed flower.

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Thank You Gifts for Plant Lovers

A plant makes a great thank you gift for anyone, but particularly those who already have a green thumb. We love the Calathea Rattlesnake because it's so full of color and pattern, and this one comes ready to give or ship in a sweet little pot, available in four shades: blush, cream, mint and terracotta.

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Start a garden off with a bang — literally. These cannons shoot off confetti embedded with wildflower seeds. For someone who loves to stop and smell the flowers, what better gift than the chance to sprinkle wildflowers wherever she goes?

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Thank You Gifts for Book Lovers

As a fellow reading enthusiast, I can attest that one always needs more bookmarks. I adore the horizontal design of this magnetic bookmark that allows you to keep up with the last letters you read even when you fall asleep mid-page.

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The book maven herself, Anne Bogel, designed this stylish book journal that allows readers to record what they've read, including memorable quotes, personal ratings and overall thoughts. Plus, they can keep track of their to-be-read list and get hand-selected recommendations from Anne.

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Thank You Gifts for Neighbors

Prep your neighbor for game night with this eye-catching set of dominoes. Crafted from colorful acrylic, they're ready for a round of Chickenfoot or Spinner and make for a striking accessory on their bookshelf.

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This is the most helpful book I've read in a long time and has become my go-to gift for almost everyone in my life. We all want to "embrace what matters, ditch what doesn't and get stuff done." Grab a copy to pass along, and just wait: you and your neighbor will be chatting soon about your new "Decide Once" strategies.

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