Our edit of the best thank you gifts may come in handy for colleagues, men, women, friends, family, an amazing teacher, or anyone in between. From small gestures to luxurious buys, we're confident the receiver will love these thoughtful presents.
These gifts will truly show your appreciation for someone special, but many also make great gifts for milestone birthdays, whether you're looking for the best 40th birthday gifts, best 50th birthday gifts, or the best 60th birthday gifts. From thoughtful thank you gift ideas to unusual thank you gifts that will stand out, we've selected presents both big and small. No matter what your budget you will find an idea below that fits the bill.
Best thank you gifts for 2022
RRP: $14.16 / £9.99 | What better way to thank someone for their time and energy than by granting them some R&R? This luxury bath soak is not only visually pleasing, but also smells divine, with a heady blend of Himalayan pink salt, Epsom salt, dried rose petals and lavender. All the receiver has to do is team this with their best bubble bath, sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge of a job well done.
RRP: $127 / £89 | Aesop, the ultimate luxury skincare brand, comes into its own when giving thank you gifts as you just can't go wrong with one of their iconic hand wash and balm sets. After all, there's no reason why your skincare routine shouldn't involve treating your hands to nourishing products too, and this deliciously-fragranced duo will make every time the receiver washes their hands a spa-like experience.
RRP: $55.29 / £39 | Send a bunch of flowers as a thank you gift that will last and last with this bright and cheerful bouquet of dried flowers. Featuring dried flowers including fluffy bunny tails, mini pampas grass, and phalaris grass, this eye-catching arrangement will look striking in any home and bring pleasure for months instead of days.
RRP: $70 / £47 | Diptyque Baies is one of the best Diptyque candles in the world and this luxurious scented candle makes an ideal thank you gift for someone who has gone above and beyond. With notes of rose and blackcurrant leaves, this also makes our list of the best scented candles on the market, and the stylish glass jar can be kept as a handy storage pot for makeup brushes, stationery, and so on.
RRP: $24.17 / £17 | This graphic candle is a cute and kitsch way to show that you care with a simple token they'll love. There's also the option to add a personalized message to the pretty design. And we're sure the receiver will love the delicate English rose and white geranium scent, particularly if they're a fan of rose perfume.
RRP: $17 / £14.99 | An expensive yet very impressive thank you gift is to personalize something they love—in this case, Toblerone chocolate. This milk chocolate and nougat bar has been a hit since its first release in 1908, and remains a firm favorite among chocolate fans. Selfridges are offering personalization on the brand's original packaging for a retro twist.
RRP: $345 / £250 | Acne Studios produces gorgeous wool scarves that make luxurious, timeless, and high-quality presents that will last for generations. Finished with fringed ends, this is a sumptuous and stylish way to say thank you to someone special. For some advice on how to wear a scarf, check out our expert guide.
RRP: $48 / £40 | These Moro Stemless Wine Glasses from Anthropologie will make a stylish and modern addition to kitchenware, so are the perfect way to say thank you to anyone who enjoys a glass of wine at home. We love the hand-painted soda-lime glass with a subtle pink accent.
RRP: $117.64 / £85 | What better way to say thank you than with a wicker Fortnums hamper filled with delicious goodies? From biscuit tins to chocolate bars, loose leaf tea and preserves, no one does a hamper like F&M. Team with a bottle of the best champagne if you're feeling extra decadent.
RRP: £23.95 (UK only) | The original thank you gift has to be freshly baked goods, but if you're not a whizz in the kitchen yourself (even with the best KitchenAid mixer) fear not, this homemade tin of treats from Lottie Shaw's family bakery is the perfect solution. With cookies, shortbread and flapjack on the menu, they're sure to appreciate this thoughtful gift.
RRP: £35 (UK only) | Don't be fooled by the name, this attractive plant makes a beautiful addition to any home or garden but the bright red fruits it bears are not strawberries as we know them. The fruits are edible—but not particularly delicious—and are grown primarily for their exceptional beauty. Add a gift message to the wooden delivery crate for an extra thoughtful thank you. Take a look at our guide to where to buy plants online for more inspiration.
RRP: $114 / £100 | This tasteful and luxurious hamper—named the Ultimate Treats Hamper—from Selfridges is the perfect thing for foodies. Filled with all the best treats from the brand, this is a generous thank you gift for someone really special.
RRP: £35 (UK only) | Sometimes there's nothing quite like a bunch of beautiful blooms to say a big thank you to somebody. This Cerise Rhapsody bouquet from Aoyama Flower Market is striking, including dark pink roses, dark pink aster, dark pink carnations, alstromeria, asclepias and limonium.
RRP: $47.50 / £35 | This edible gift from famous London bakery Biscuiteers does what it says on the tin—quite literally—when it comes to sending your gratitude to someone. You can ship these delicious, sweet, vanilla flavoured biscuits with their gorgeous hand decorated designs to anywhere in the world when you order online.
RRP: £29.99 (UK only) | For those who prefer something hoppy over a glass of fizz, this nicely-packaged craft beer set is the perfect way to say thank you. Craft beer enthusiasts will appreciate this special brew—a refreshing golden ale that makes for easy drinking. The pack contains 6 x 330ml cans.
RRP: £30 (UK only) | The ultimate trifecta of thank you gifts all rolled into one wonderful delivery, you can't go wrong with this classic combination of flowers, chocolate and wine from M&S. This thank you gift is also available with a white wine option too—or tea and shortbread instead wine and chocolates if you're looking for a non-alcoholic thank you gift.
RRP: $29.15 / £25 | Say thanks with a set of award-winning craft beers from Clan Brewing Company in Scotland. This gift set contains four craft beers—three ales and a stout—1 x Spruce Ale, 1 x Golden Ale, 1 x Red Rye Ale, 1 x Imperial Stout.
Gift buying advice
What makes a good thank you gift?
Francesca Pittaway, a curator of gifts for Not on the High Street (opens in new tab), knows a thing or two about finding the perfect gift. She suggests, "I think the gifts that are most loved aren’t the biggest or the most expensive but are the ones that show you have given it some thought.
"Whether that’s something that supports a hobby or recognizes what is going on in their lives currently, taking a bit of time to think about that means you can’t go wrong, regardless of what you spend. Knowing you are understood, listened to, and loved is part of getting a great gift."
And of course, a personal hand-written note or card will also mean a lot. "A good hand written note goes a long way," Courtney Rogers, founder of CIJ Group (opens in new tab) and gifting expert, told us. "if you’re sending gifts direct, use sites where you can create a video message, such as Marlo Wine, or scan a QR code to play a favourite song to make it extra personal."
You could also try making something yourself, if you really want to make it personal. "If you have the time then get crafty, the hand-made trend is becoming huge for gifting and a Cricut machine enables you to make your own thoughtful gifts throughout the year making it a great investment," Rogers told us.
What makes a good, inexpensive thank you gift to show appreciation?
Julie Deane, the founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company (opens in new tab), has been making beautiful bags that are often bought as gifts since 2008. Julie believes that the act of giving itself, no matter what it is, is good enough in itself. So whether that's giving a gift, giving your time, or lending a hand. "A well-thought-out gift really does show you care. What is more touching than knowing someone you care about has spent time thinking about what would make you happy," Deane told us.
"The best gifts are not the most expensive ones, they are genuine gestures—often not for birthday or Christmas but maybe a hot chocolate and marshmallow package in the winter, something that says you wish you could be there or you just want to make someone laugh."