The human condition is an odd thing. We are emotional creatures, but often when we come to express our emotions we can become awkward. All of us know, and some of us are, people who can see a lifelong friend for the first time in years and just greet them with a handshake. Expressing emotions such as sorrow, gratitude, and respect can often be difficult.
Among the most tricky of these, surprisingly, can be gratitude. If someone has assisted us, been there for us or just made an impact, it can be hard to find the right words of thanks. We've all been there; someone has been amazing, we are bowled over with what they've done. Somehow "Yeah, thanks" and a warm handshake [or hug] doesn't really seem like enough.
A well-chosen thank you gift can be an excellent way to reflect your heartfelt gratitude. Don't get it twisted, you'll still need to find some words as well. But picking the right gift can assist you in finding a way to articulate this emotion.
A Housewarming Gift--
One case in which many of us find ourselves looking to express how much someone's efforts mean is when they're moving away. Perhaps they've been a mentor to you and are now going where they're needed more. In this case, they will be looking to make their new home somewhere else. A keepsake that underlines your respect and gratitude is a way for them to take positive emotions into their new life.
A 'Thank You' Gift Basket--
The evolution of gift baskets has grown considerably in the last couple of decades. The older among us will remember not-too-far in the past, a time when a gift baskets were full of jars of stuff we'd never normally eat. However, gift hampers are now more diverse than that. Of course, some gourmet food is a nice way to evoke your thanks. But they can also contain champagne, gift cards, and pampering items.
A Handmade Memento--
This one requires more of a skill set than some others, but if you've got it why not flaunt it? Now, [more than ever] something you've made yourself will be hugely appreciated. Whatever you're skilled in, it can be turned to make a gift that will be remembered and appreciated. From food to jewelry, or from painting to flower arranging, your handy side can be the most personal gift of all.
When it comes right down to it, the likelihood is that the person receiving the gift knows how grateful you are for what they've done. But it is also important to mark how you feel in a more concrete way. In its own way, handing over a gift will also make an expression of gratitude feel more natural, and underline those feelings.
It should go without saying that how much you spend on a gift is really neither here nor there at this of all times. The amount of thought that goes into it, and its significance, will mark its true value.