They say that gift giving is an art, and we agree completely. Giving the right gift takes a balanced blend of thoughtfulness, instinct, and imagination.
We would also like to add that gift receiving is an art, too.
There are many events where giftsare expected — weddings, births and birthdays, showers, holidays and so on. And while we normally don’t give gifts to receive praise, it is always nice to be recognized for the effort.
In terms of saying thank you, the important thing to remember with gifts is that someone has gone out of their way to do something nice. And in return, taking the time to say thank you closes the loop on the gift exchange. It ties it up nicely with a bow, so to speak.
There are plenty of creative ways to say thank you. And it may come as no surprise that some of our favorite ways are with chocolate bars and custom chocolate thank you gifts.
If you are looking for ideas on how to say thank you, we’ve come up with a list of creative ideas to let the gift giver in your life know you appreciate them.
Thank You Cards
We know from experience that writing Thank You cards often sits on the to-do list for months before getting done. It’s just one of those tasks that seems easy to put off. But the guilt piles up so best to get it off your plate as soon as possible!
After big events like weddings and showers, sending a Thank You card is standard protocol. To make it easier, we suggest you set aside a block of time and give yourself a strict deadline. Remember to customize each card with something personal and if it is for a wedding, make sure both people in the couple add their signature.
There are companies like Totally Chocolate that will customize chocolate to you exact specifications, and offer great deals when you order in bulk. Plus you can get an array of delicious Belgian dark, milk, and white chocolate — a perfect thank you gift that you can send far and wide.
You can either include a custom “Thank You” chocolate inside of a card, or send as is. Totally Chocolate has thank you chocolate bars or individually wrapped chocolate coin with the words thank you engraved across it gets the message across loud and clear.
Or you can create a totally personal chocolate creation at Totally Chocolate with details that commemorate your special event. It can be the date of the nuptials or date of birth, or even a personal message or photo! With modern custom engraving techniques, the sky is the limit when it comes to chocolate creations.
There’s always something extra special about receiving a homemade thank you gift. If you are good at baking, why not whip up a batch of chocolate cookies, and if you are feeling really creative — you can even pipe a thank you message with icing.
Or perhaps you have another crafting skill up your sleeve — anything that takes a little extra time and effort usually has the most meaning behind it.
In today’s world, many people are opting for zero waste forms of communicating, and there are some excellent online tools to create a personalized “thank you.” In the past, this method was considered a little too deviant from tradition, and a little tacky, too. However, online save-the-dates, invites and thank you cards has become much more mainstream and completely acceptable.
Make a Phone Call (!)
Calling people on the actual phoneis nearly a lost art in today’s electronic world. But that’s what makes it a special act now. Picking up the phone and calling a person is one of the most personal ways you can say thank you. Plus it’s free, easy, immediate and can really make someone feel special.
Especially with a world so disconnected in so many ways, a phone call to say thank you is a memorable act of care and gratitude. The next time you need to say thank you for a gift, see what happens when you give them a call.
A few extra tips
- Stay humble. Saying thank you doesn’t have to be a grand act — remember why you are doing it in the first place. You want to acknowledge the kindness of someone else, so it’s best if that is the intention behind the act.
- Keep it personal. A quick thank you email, text, or note to say thank you for a gift is meaningful, as long asit is personal and heartfelt. It always helps to directly acknowledge the gift, so they know you have thought about it. For example: “Thank you for the chocolate gift box! I loved the dark chocolate and it was enjoyed by everyone in the office.”
- Stay grateful. Sometimes we receive gifts that are not exactly what we hoped or expected, or it is something that we know we will not use. There is no need to communicate that to the person who gave the gift! If feelings of disappointment pop up, try focus on having gratitude that someone tried to do something nice for you, even if it didn’t quite hit themark.
- Be sweet. It always comes back to chocolate for us, and saying thank you with high quality chocolate is a great way to show your appreciation. Remember to consider if your recipient is vegan or requires a kosher chocolate, there are plenty of options available for people with dietary restrictions.
We hope you found this article helpful. We think it is so important to keep the art of gift giving and receiving alive and well. It’s a simple act of kindness that goes a long way, and we could all use a little more of that in the world today.