Of course we thank people when they do something for us or give us a gift. That’s just good manners. If you don’t thank someone you are considered rude. But saying I appreciate you is more than just a thank you. I am talking about really appreciating someone. Maybe they are the volunteers who keep society functioning. It may be the grocery store cashier that always has a friendly smile. You might mistakenly take some of these people for granted. It’s easy, they don’t draw attention to themselves. They don’t win awards. They aren’t seeking recognition. Their deeds are from the goodness of their hearts.
Don’t let their kindness be hidden in the shadows. Give those special people an I appreciate you gift, letting them know their kindness is not unnoticed.
1. Pasta Meal Basket
Appreciation gifts that give the gift of time
They help organize the canned food drive at church, hold a position on the PTA, and always make sure the soccer team has healthy snacks and drinks. So it’s easy to see how dinner can get pushed to the back burner. Say I appreciate you with a pasta meal basket. They will have all the ingredients on hand to feed an army. Pasta also makes a romantic dinner for date night.
Maybe dinner isn’t the problem. Maybe they need a night to relax with the family. Solve that dilemma with a movie night gift basket.
Is their significant other feeling neglected because they are so busy helping everyone else? Give them a romantic date night with a wine country gift basket and a bottle of wine.
2. Shower Steamers
I appreciate you gift ideas
They work so hard looking out for others. Sometimes they need to destress. Help them relax with some calming scents for their shower.
Are they on their feet all day? Show them you feel their pain by giving them a foot care kit. Aromatherapy isn’t just for the shower. Give them a diffuser for relaxing aromas throughout their home.
3. Hot Sauce Kit
I appreciate you gifts for him
What man doesn’t like hot sauce? If the way to his heart is through his stomach, it’s a good guess that will make a great way to show him appreciation as well.
However, if they can’t stomach the heat, give them a beer flight board along with some craft beers to sample. Some of these come in sets of two, so if you’re lucky you will be invited to join in.
Our neighbor always offers us samples of his BBQ. If you are lucky enough to know someone like this, show your gratitude with a box of meat from Omaha Steaks.
4. Upcycled Wine Bottle Cheese Tray
I appreciate you gifts for her
She spends so much time getting down to the nitty gritty for everyone. Show her how unique you think she is with an upcycled wine bottle hand crafted into a cheese tray.
Take her to the elegant side of life with a fancy wine decanter. Don’t forget to provide some wine too!
If she doesn’t normally take time for herself, help her make time. Give her an online craft experience, and let it be all about her for a little while.
5. Inspirational Wall Art
Motivational gifts that say I appreciate you
Sometimes we all need a bit of motivation. Let them know you appreciate them for the person they are. Inspirational wall art will lift their spirits when they need someone to be there for them, instead of the other way around.
Daily affirmation cards will help them stay focused and motivated when life gets them down.
Not only can you inspire them, but wearing these inspirational shirts for women will pay it forward to all who see them.
6. Heart Shaped Muffins
Homemade gifts that say I appreciate you
Homemade heart shaped muffins are a great way to let someone know you appreciate them. Plus muffins are such an easy baking project, even kids can make them! All you need is a heart shaped muffin tin, some ingredients, and a cookbook with muffin recipes. Choose healthy recipes to fuel the start of their day. Or choose sweeter ones for tasty treats. Muffins are very versatile.
Show your kids you appreciate them by cooking them breakfast with a heart shaped waffle iron. This is also a good treat to say I appreciate you for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.
7. Sleep Headphones with Eye Mask
I appreciate you gifts for over achievers
Busy people sometimes have a problem falling asleep. Their mind has already jumped ahead to tomorrow, and they just can’t relax. Now it’s your turn to help them. Give them sleep headphones with an eye mask. Then they can listen to soothing music while tuning out the world around them.
Do they go the extra mile at work, spending long hours at the computer? A hand massager will ease soreness from carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.
Or maybe they are so busy at work, taking on those extra projects, that they never get a chance to finish their coffee before it gets cold. If that’s the case, a smart coffee mug will keep their cup of java warm, right on their desk, until they are good and ready for it.
8. Gratitude Coupons
Appreciation gifts that take action
Actions speak louder than words. So instead of buying a thank you gift, do something. A blank coupon book allows you to decide exactly what you want to give them: a candlelight dinner, a backrub, or maybe a break from doing laundry!
While a blank coupon book can really be used for anyone, you can get a specific coupon book for parents or a booklet of babysitting coupons.
9. Smiling Wisdom Keepsake
I appreciate you gifts for coworkers
These thoughtful cards come in bulk packs with a keepsake trinket, great for showing appreciation for employees or coworkers.
For a funny coworker gift or to show your boss you understand how they feel, a screaming goat or a Things I Want to Say at Work but Can’t coloring book will relieve their tension.