Smurfette says thank you by joebeone
There have been many times when someone has done something extremely nice for me, and I haven’t made an effort to let them know how much it meant to me. It could be a spouse that cleaned the house and cooked dinner during a rough week at work. It might be a coworker explaining a new business system in terms I could understand. Or maybe a friend or family member offered to babysit my kids or pets when no one else was available.
Whatever the reason, there are times when our minds our completely blank, and we can’t come up with a single idea to show our thanks. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Spend Time With Them. Nothing lets a person know how important they are better than spending time with them. Even if you don’t spend a dollar, the act of scheduling them into your day is sure to warm their heart.
- Say Thank You. The easiest way is to simply tell them, “Thanks for your help.” Call them on the phone, write a note or send a card telling the person the impact their support made in your life. One of my personal favorites is sending a greeting card with recorded music or sound. You can find songs for every type of taste.
- Give the Gift of Humor. Share comic strips, cartoons, funny quotes or sayings. Buy a novelty item like a t-shirt, bumper stickers or other gifts that you know they enjoy. Or better yet, go catch the newest local comedy act together.
- Food Reward. Everyone loves food. Take them out to a restaurant, buy a gift card for their favorite place, or bake some cookies or brownies as a surprise. From sweet and juicy fruit baskets to salty, sweet chocolate goodness, food is sure to be a hit.
- Share the Praise. Tell them what you like about them, “You are so generous with your time, thanks for watching the kids.” Or, “Thanks for lending a hand with the painting, you’re a real professional.” Giving concrete, personalized praise is always welcome. People love to hear positive feedback.
- Celebrate Their Interests. Find out the birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions in their life and celebrate with them. There’s always a reason for a party! Celebrate the holidays, marriage, births, first house, new car, job promotion, or whatever else you can think of. Commemorate all of life’s landmarks.
- Return the Favor. A great way to show how much their thoughtfulness meant, is to do them a favor in return. You can wait for an opportunity they need, or if you know a task they dislike doing, try to figure out a way to help get it done. Hire a maid, send a discount coupon for an oil change, let you son mow the grass or whatever you can come up with. They’ll thank you for thinking of them.
- Gift Baskets. Surprise them with a gift basket filled with their favorite things; crossword puzzles, paperback book, lotion, popcorn and a free movie rental, candy, lotto tickets and other fun gifts. Personalize them with a theme for even more fun.
- Indulge Their Passions. If they area fan of a particular book author, movie or television series, take notice by finding small items like notebooks, pens, magnets and address books with their favorite characters to give as gifts.