15 Creative Ways to Say “Thank You” That Aren’t Greeting Cards

Thank You Gifts

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When someone helps you out, a proper “thank you” is in order and there's really no better month to give thanks than November. But what about when a text message or a card just won’t do? Sometimes, you’ve got to get creative in order to show people just how much you appreciate them. And you don’t have to break the bank in order to do so; there are many great thank you gifts that are quirky, fun, and best of all, inexpensive.

We’ve scoured the internet to give you some great thank you gift ideas. When thinking about whether these would be right for your intended recipient, think about what they love or are passionate about. If you want to express gratitude towards a Star Wars-loving co-worker who helped you with a project, why not get them a mini Stormtrooper Bluetooth speaker? Or for your tea-obsessed best friend who helped you move, gift them a colorful mug with a dinosaur hiding inside. When you consider the thank you possibilities beyond a greeting card, you can delight just about anyone.

Go beyond a greeting card with quirky thank you gift ideas. See some of our favorites below!

For the friend who always texts you back and loves to make soup:

For the brother who covered for you on Thanksgiving and appreciates handwritten messages:

Thank You Gifts

Memo Donkey | Monkey Business

For the coworker who helped you with a big project and is obsessed with Star Wars:

For the classmate who proofread your papers and has a passion for writing:


For the mom who restocked your fridge but needs to pamper herself more often:

For the sister who gave you outfit advice and lives for crossing things off lists:

For the teen cousin who taught you to use Snapchat and thinks fire is cool:

Thank You Gift Ideas

Kisa Candle | PyroPet

For the boyfriend who ran all your errands and loves action photography:

For the friend who let you crash for a few days and always needs to charge their phone:

For the best friend who helped you move and loves drinking tea:

Thank You Gifts

Dino mug | Firebox

For the dad who drove you two hours to the airport and is always going on trips of his own:

Thank You Gifts

Ostrich Pillow | Studio Banana

For the teacher who became your mentor and enjoys all things cats:

For the roommate who always takes out the trash and needs better cable management:

For the friend who was nice to you—even though you were hangry—but can't keep a cactus alive:

Thank You Gifts

Cacti Coasters | Clive Roddy


For the aunt who looked after your hamster and enjoys a nice craft beer:

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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