Our loved ones do so many kind things for us and we would all be lost without them. Whilst our friends and family help us because they love us and they want the best for us and don’t expect any reward or thanks, it is nice to thank them with a kind gesture. Thanking people shows that we appreciate them and that we don’t take them for granted. It is a way to show them that we are aware of what they do for us and that we love them for it. To help you show your appreciation, here are 6 ways to thank your loved ones.
1. Just Say Thank You
It may seem like an easy thing to do, but being thanked for something that you have done for someone creates a nice feeling. It is surprising how many people never say thank you, either intentionally or unintentionally. Quite often we start to take for granted things that people do for us, especially when it is a friend or a member of our family. We become used to their acts of kindness so we unconsciously fail to show our gratitude. Simply saying thank you to someone and expressing your gratitude and appreciation can brighten up somebody’s day.
2. Write a Thank You Card
Anyone who has ever received a Thank You Card knows how good it feels. Thank You Cards are often sent to thank someone for attending a wedding or some other event, or for a gift that we have received. Because they are usually only sent on very special occasions like this, receiving a Thank You Card that you are not expecting is a fantastic surprise. The folks at Tons of Thanks believe that it is important to make a Thank You Card as personal and gracious as possible. Even if you are sending multiple Thank You Cards, there are ways to customize each one so that it has that personal touch. There are many sample Thank You Cards available online that you can use as a reference point to make the perfect Thank You Card for your loved ones.
3. Send Them Flowers
Everybody loves receiving flowers whether it is for a birthday, a congratulations gift, a get well soon gesture, and especially as a thank you. Flowers are a great thank you gift because they are universally appreciated so you don’t have to try and think about what somebody will like. This can be very hard to do as so many people are hard to buy gifts for. If you can, try and find out what the recipient’s favorite flowers are so that you can ensure that there are some in the bouquet. This can be quite easy to do if you just casually bring it up in conversation. Any professional florist will be able to design the perfect bouquet that incorporates those flowers. Flowers can be quite expensive, but you don’t need to break the bank buying an enormous arrangement. Flowers are such a thoughtful thank you gift that your loved one will not care how big the bouquet is, they will just be touched by the gesture.
4. Do Them a Favor
Quite often, favor is a far better way to say thank you than a gift because we all lead such busy lives that a little help here and there goes a long way. Ask your loved one if there is something that you can help them with. There are many favors that people will appreciate and the best favor to offer depends on who you want to thank. If your loved one has children, it can be a nice gesture to offer to babysit for a night so that they can have an evening to themselves or with their partner. If you want to thank an elderly relative, you can offer to help them with something that may usually be difficult for them, like going grocery shopping or going to a doctor’s appointment. If possible, do the favor without asking them first as this will have the bonus of a surprise. If your neighbor has done something kind for you that you want to thank them for, mow their front lawn whilst you are out mowing yours. Every gift and gesture is made that little bit more special when it comes as a surprise.
5. Make Them Some Food
Another thoughtful way to say thank you to a loved one is to make them some food that they love. We all love a home-cooked meal, so be spontaneous and take them round their favorite dish. Not only will this give them something delicious to eat, but it will also give them a night off from cooking. If you want to thank your friend and you know that her children, particularly love cookies, you can bake some cookies to say thank you. Your friend will appreciate the effort that you have gone to and their kids will be happy too. Happy kids usually mean happy parents.
6. Take Them Somewhere Special
Taking a loved one out somewhere special is the ultimate way to say thank you. If someone has done a big favor for you or has given you a nice gift, taking them somewhere to say thank you is a perfect way to show gratitude. This may be a nice restaurant, a night at the theater, or for drinks in their favorite bar. Make sure you know that the check is on you so that they don’t try and talk you out of paying. You don’t have to splurge beyond your means, just take them somewhere that you know they will love and which you can enjoy together.
It is such a nice feeling when someone shows that they are grateful for something that we have done for them. There are so many different ways to say thank you and the most important thing is that you do it in a thoughtful way to show your appreciation. Follow some of the tips in this guide whenever you want to thank your loved ones.