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Cheap ‘Thank You’ Gift Ideas…

Thank you gift ideas

The world is full of goodness. That co-worker who covered your shift, that classmate who passed you a pen when you lost yours, that friend who walked behind you when you split your trousers…..they are all valuable people, and they were able to help you. So, you should show appreciation for it. Nobody’s going to strike you dead if you don’t, but it’s good to show appreciation. Never miss a chance to say thanks, I always say, because you never know whether you’ll get another one. Besides, why miss an opportunity to make someone happy?

And is there a better way of thanking someone, than with a little gift? I believe there isn’t. However, a gift doesn’t always have to be expensive. If you bought an expensive gift every time someone did you a good turn, you’d be out of money really fast! So, here are some cheap ‘thank you’ gift ideas, which will help you the next time you want to thank someone without spending too much (or any) money.

  1. Get them some food

Everybody loves food. Everybody appreciates food. So, why not get that helpful friend a juicy McDonald’s burger, or a nice Starbucks latte? Food from famous food chains can be expensive, depending on your budget, but cheaper alternatives are always available. Take them to that tiny eatery which makes delicious pizzas. Or bring them some tacos from a street food van. Trust me, they’ll thank you!

  1. Make something with your own hands

This might take time and effort depending on what you make, but it won’t be expensive. If you’re into painting, paint something for their bedroom wall. If you’re a woodwork pro, make them a little jewellery box, or a cigarette holder. If you’re into cooking, make them some mouth-watering food. Poetically-inclined folk can write a poem – flattery works wonders! Make something which’ll make them laugh. Laughter is usually a good sign. For those of you who can’t do any of these, the next point is a life-saver.

  1. Offer your services for free

Are you good at something? Cooking, massaging, cleaning, writing, teaching…you must have some talent. So, as a little gift, offer your services for free. However, to make it a little more gift-like and cute, make coupons for your services. Say, you’re offering a free meal. Design and draw a coupon which entitles the holder, Mr/Ms. X, to receive a free meal cooked by Mr/Ms. Y, that is you. This will make the entire deal amusing, and somewhat special.

  1. Buy them some common necessities

Let’s get down to practicalities. We all need some stuff, right? And we have to pay with it using our hard-earned money. It’d be pretty cool if someone was thoughtful enough to buy us some necessities. Although it isn’t a conventional gift by any means, it would still feel nice. So, the next time you want to thank a friend, grab a bottle of their favourite shampoo from the supermarket or from very well assorted chains like Priceline. I wouldn’t recommend trying this with a random co-worker or classmate, though. That might seem a little weird. However, with a friend, it’ll be appreciated. Friends are a whole another deal, huh?

  1. Take them out for a meal

If your budget’s a little higher, you can take them out for a meal at their favourite restaurant or food chain. This one doesn’t need any more explanation!

meal gift

Next up on our list of ‘thank you’ gift ideas, is something that feeds, but doesn’t have a mouth. It breathes, but doesn’t have lungs. Any ideas so far? Here’s the last hint – it’s green!

  1. Get them a plant for their home

A feel relaxed just writing this. So far, I’ve never come across anyone who doesn’t like some greenery. Unless the greenery in question is poison ivy or moss, people love it. And why wouldn’t they? There is no downside to having a plant at home. It’s a living being which doesn’t require much maintenance and doesn’t wake you up at night or scratch you up, but in fact, it gives you oxygen. Sometimes, even food. So, gift your friend a plant. Even if they aren’t plant enthusiasts, they’ll definitely never have any complaints with it. If they’re too busy and can’t take care of the plant, a slew of devices are available on the internet, which make plant maintenance a breeze.


We hope these cheap ‘thank you’ gift ideas will help you! Appreciate others, to get appreciated in turn. And, as I said before, never miss a chance to say thanks. That, and ‘I love you’. You can never say those two phrases enough.


How to choose the perfect gift for someone

Choosing a gift for someone can be a fairly daunting task. You don’t want to give them a boring, cliché gift like a picture frame. I think that picture frame-givers are entitled to a special spot in hell. Not that it’s criminal or even that bad as gift – I mean, if you like decorating your house with pictures, it’s a pretty useful gift. However, it’s the unwillingness to put effort, that bugs me. Picture frames, chocolates, flowers….they all belong to the same breed.

surprise gift

While choosing a gift, you need to keep the receiver’s interests, and your budget in mind. You want to gift them something which they will actually like, while also being mindful of how much it’s costing you.

Some people really do like picture frames, flowers and chocolates, but in this article, we will discuss the lot who don’t. And trust me, most people fall into this category. So, here are the things which you should keep in mind, when selecting a gift.

  1. What they like

Sounds fairly obvious, doesn’t it? If your friend is a voracious reader, find out their favourite writers or genres, and get a book accordingly. If they really, really love Coldplay, get an autographed poster by them (those are available online). If they like gardening, you could opt for something like Garden Time [hyperlink]. If they’re into cooking, get them some amazing, hard-to-find herbs or seasoning ingredients. Mmmm, the very thought is making me drool.

  1. Don’t give them something they already have

If they already have two autographed posters of Coldplay and a ton of herbs, then skip that idea. For this one, you’ll have to think out of the box. One good trick for deciding something is using the process of elimination. So, once you’ve come up with a list of things which they won’t like, simply head to a local gift store, or even online, and buy the first thing that makes sense. Except flowers. Do not buy flowers, dear reader.

  1. Try to prise it out of them

No, I don’t mean get a set of pliers and crowbar and pull out a tooth. What you’re prising out here is some simple information, not national secrets or teeth. Anyway, getting back to business – it’s the good old trick that’s tried in movies and shows, and which rarely ever works. But your life isn’t a movie. So, talk to them. Drop subtle hints, and see if they tell you anything which you can use. This is best done a long while before the occasion in question. Try broaching the subject of gifts in general, and complaining about generic gifts. Hopefully, they’ll tell you what would be a good gift idea!

  1. Make something with your own hands – be creative!

As they often say, it’s the gesture that counts, not the goods. So, put in some work, and make something with your own hands. If you’re into woodcraft, you could make a container or a customized show-piece. If you can paint, make a portrait of them (or just draw something funny, like the back side of a camel). However, if you’re not artistically inclined, don’t worry! There’s always something you can make – you only have to be creative. How about food coupons for McDonalds? Or work coupons, massages, a house-painting job, three free gourmet meals cooked by you…anything which they might like. It’ll be creative, and genuinely useful.

  1. Ask them (not recommended if you want to surprise them)

Last but not the least, if you can think of absolutely nothing, yet don’t want to disappoint them with something boring, you can always ask them what they want. Tell them your dilemma and your budget, and let them decide what they want. It’ll not be a surprise, but at least it won’t be a picture-frame. Oh lord, I hate picture-frames. To still have a slight element of surprise, you can ask them to provide 3 (or 5) options, from which you’ll choose any one item, to gift them.


We hope these ideas were helpful! Brainstorm a little, and you’re certain to find something that’s just right for that person. The key here is thinking out of the box. But not too out of the box, I guess. I mean, don’t gift a marine-life lover a dead jellyfish picked up from the beach. Live animals are a little conventional, but sometimes, conventional is good.