Has someone ever done something for you that left you feeling overwhelmed and speechless? In such cases, a mere “thank you” may not seem like enough. You have to do something that makes the person feel truly appreciated.
On the other hand, perhaps you want to show appreciation to someone out of the blue. Perhaps you want to give your best friend of many years or your parents a special show of appreciation. However, knowing exactly how to express your gratitude is not always easy.
Not to worry, here are five creative ways to say “thank you” that the recipient is sure to remember for a long time.
Flowers are a great way to express your gratitude. While a simple “thank you” is quickly forgotten, flowers linger in the heart for a long time. It’s no wonder flowers are the gift of choice for all kinds of occasions, from weddings to birthdays to funerals.
To express your gratitude to someone who’s done something for you, send them their favorite flowers. The good news is that you can get a thank you flower delivery arranged easily online. It’s even often possible to get the carefully curated flowers delivered on the same day.
Whether you want tulips, roses, sunflowers, chrysanthemums or daisies, there are many flowers to choose from. For significant effect, choose flowers that are attractive and have an appealing fragrance. Consider the person’s favorite color in choosing a flower as well.
Another factor to consider is allergies. Flowers such as chamomiles, dahlias, and asters can cause issues for people who suffer from allergies. Make sure the person you are sending flowers to is not allergic to your bouquet.
Write a Letter or Note
Of course, we are in a digital age where many people don’t use pens anymore. But that’s what makes letters and notes more fascinating and special: not many people get handwritten letters in the mail nowadays.
In your letter, detail how grateful you are and how the person’s actions or gifts have been a blessing to you. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a Stephen King or John Grisham to write something special. Don’t be too nitpicky about things such as grammar and sentence structure. All you have to do is to be honest and authentic.
The great thing about writing a letter is that it’s something that the recipient can keep for a long time. What’s more, you can attach a letter to a gift such as flowers to help you express your gratitude in a meaningful way.
Send a Personal Gift
Personal gifts are another warm and memorable way to show how grateful you are. Get your benefactor a gift that they would love and never forget. The great news is that there are an endless array of options in today’s digital world.
For instance, a gift card to their favorite restaurant will bring a smile to the recipient’s face. Or for a gift that keeps on giving, consider a subscription box. A special thank you card is the perfect gift for the person who loves and collects cards. These days, there are many companies that allow you to customize cards for a loved one.
To add a personal touch, you can also send a homemade gift. If you love baking, why not bake some cookies? If you are skilled in art, make a painting or create a DIY craft. Homemade gifts are often seen as more personal and touching.
Share the Story
Have you ever heard an inspiring story of kindness? Such experiences can encourage people to do more kind acts. That’s why you should share stories of how people have been good to you. It might just start a domino effect.
Whether it’s a small family gathering or a big party, take the opportunity to share how good the person has been to you. With social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, you can also share your story online, if it is appropriate for the person you are thanking.
In your story, share how the person’s actions touched you and how you have changed because of those actions. Nothing is more thrilling than for someone to know that what they have done has transformed your life. It would actually inspire them to do more for others.
Pay It Forward
What better way to show your gratitude than to pay it forward. As Anne Morrow Lindbergh put it, “One can never pay in gratitude: one can only pay ‘in kind’ somewhere else in life.”
For example, if someone helped you through a difficult time, why not find others going through a difficult time and help them? That person would also be encouraged to do something for another person.
Another way to pay it forward is to find causes that the person who helped you is interested in. You can send donations to their favorite charities or even volunteer with them. There are a ton of other ways to pay it forward. You could do a good deed for a homeless person or simply buy someone a cup of coffee. Just look around, you’ll be surprised at the numerous opportunities available to make a difference.
Always Be Grateful
Never take for granted the acts of kindness people do for you. Cherish even the little things and be ready to show your gratitude. Of course, in many cases, a simple “thank you” and a big smile does the trick. But don’t hesitate to show your appreciation in grand style when the need arises.
Finally, remember that you should not only think of showing gratitude when someone does something for you. Show gratitude to people who have been in your life for a long time and supported you through difficult times. The efforts of your family, friends and loved ones overtime should never go unacknowledged, so think about the people who have helped you in your life, and send a big “thank you” today!