When someone does something for you that goes above and beyond the norm, it’s important to show them how much you appreciate them. Whether it was a quick favor or an act of kindness that took some serious effort, saying thank you is one of the best ways to show your appreciation. Sometimes, however, it can be hard to find the right words to express just how thankful you are and this is where creative ways to show appreciation come in handy. After all, actions do speak louder than words.
If you’re wondering how to say thank you to a family member, friend, or co-worker, then we’ve got you covered. From cooking a delicious meal and buying flowers, to creating heartfelt photo gifts like collages, DIY coasters, and more; we’ve compiled 7 of the best ways to show gratitude. The greatest part? They’re quick, easy, and won’t break the bank!
1. Create and Frame a Meaningful Picture Quote
One of the most creative ways to say thank you is by creating and framing a meaningful picture quote. Whether it's an inspirational saying that reminds you of their kindness, or a favorite quote that speaks to them, this gift will be sure to touch their heart every time they see it hanging on their wall.
Thankfully, you don’t need expert graphic design skills to create your own DIY quote art. With BeFunky’s Graphic Designer, it’s as simple as inserting an image and adding some text, or even tweaking a professionally designed template – the choice is yours!
2. Cook a Delicious Meal
Cooking is a great way to show someone you appreciate them, so if you know their favorite dish, make it! Homemade meals aren’t just thoughtful but they can also save the recipient from having to cook themselves, which is especially helpful if they’re busy or feeling under the weather.
You can either go to their place and encourage them to sit back and relax while you whip up a feast. Or, why not create the meal at home before packaging it nicely and dropping it over to their front door? Either way, they’re sure to be appreciative of your expression of gratitude.
3. Make a Heartfelt, Personalized Card
The best gifts are those that come from the heart, and that is exactly what a personalized card is all about. If you want to make your recipient feel truly special, make a card that is tailored specifically for them. In other words, not a card you can simply buy at the store.
Before you worry about your lack of craft skills, you’ll be pleased to hear that making a custom card in BeFunky’s Card Maker is easier than ever. Just choose from our wide range of thank you card templates, then swap out the text and photo for one specifically for your recipient. Along with a personal message, you might even consider including their favorite quote or a photo featuring the two of you. The more heartfelt, the better!
4. Surprise Them With Flowers
If you want to show someone you're grateful for their help, a bouquet of flowers is a great way to do it. Flowers are one of the best ways to show your gratitude because they’re a gift that keeps on giving. Not only do they look beautiful, but they also smell great and can brighten up any room. Plus, depending on how crafty your recipient is, they can also press the flowers to turn them into art or use them in craft projects.
Flowers can be delivered anywhere in the world and are available year-round, so they’re also one of the easiest thank you gifts you can find. Include a personalized thank you message pinned onto the bouquet to express your gratitude even more.
5. Create Coasters Using Their Favorite Photos
If you’re looking for fun ways to say thank you, then this might be it. Creating a set of custom coasters using their favorite photos is another great way to show someone you appreciate their efforts. You can use any photos that have a special meaning for the recipient, but it's also fun if you choose ones that are funny or cute.
Coasters are also a really easy DIY project that you can complete in as little as an hour or two. Use BeFunky’s Photo Editor to turn your photos into Polaroids, then print them on thick card stock using your local print shop or your own printer at home. Then, simply glue these images onto wooden or cork backing of the same size and use a waterproof glaze (like Modgepodge) to seal the tops of the coasters. Easy, yet so effective!
6. Buy Some Sweet Treats
One of the most classic ways to express your gratitude is by sending someone their favorite sweet treat as a thank you gift. After all, who doesn’t love chocolate, candy, or baked goods?
To make this gift even more heartfelt, include a small note thanking them for all they've done and letting them know how much their friendship means to you. If the sweet treats don’t already come in nice packaging, consider placing them in a colorful box complete with a bow. It’s the small touches that can make all the difference.
7. Turn Your Favorite Memories With Them Into a Collage
It's always nice to be reminded of the good times you've had together, and creating a photo collage is an easy way to do that while also showing gratitude. You can also include a small note within the collage thanking them for being such an important part of your life.
Creative Ways to Say Thank You That Won’t Break the Bank
As you can see, you don't need to spend a lot of time or money to show gratitude to someone. Even the smallest of gestures can express how thankful you are for all that they’ve done. Thanks to BeFunky’s wide range of tools and features, creating personalized cards, collages, and quote art prints is also extremely easy. Trust us, you’ll want to create them for everyone you know.
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