Amazing Homemade Ways to Say Thank You

This national gratitude day, we’ve decided to show our appreciation to those who have touched our lives or have gone out of their way to help us.

Have you ever had someone help you in such a way that simply saying “thank you” wasn’t enough? Since we firmly believe in giving a unique, personal gift instead of a the generic store-bought gift basket or card, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite homemade gifts that really show just how important these special people in our lives are to us.


  • Giving a gift of your friend’s favorite dry food in a jar like this chili is an easy and inexpensive way to say thanks. Top it off with a pretty ribbon and thank you card for the ultimate DIY gift.

  • When all else fails, go for the stomach! Bake a batch of your famous cookies (or go for store bought – we won’t tell!), and use these easy and adorable repurposed cookie favor ideas.

  • Personalizing a gift with a monogram is the ultimate way to really make your gift unique to the recipient. Use this tutorial to add some personalized flair to any glass bottle or jar! How about a set of over-sized storage jars, each with their last initial on it? A gift any host can appreciate.

  • Giving the gift of liqueur is pretty much always a good idea. Instead of shelling out for a fancy bottle of impersonal booze, make your own cordials to really show your appreciation! Most cordials take about two weeks to be ready, but our experts have a special trick to shorten the process to 24 hours.

  • Giving a bouquet of flowers is an easy and popular way to say thanks, but if you really want to show your appreciation, take this sweet smelling gift idea to the next level. Decorate a custom beaded vase for the bouquet using color schemes found in the giftee’s living room or kitchen. That way, your friend now has a vase he or she can reuse and show off! We guarantee they don’t already have a custom made vase for their home.

  • Mason jars are one trend we strongly recommend giving a shot. Edible desserts in a jar are a fun (and delicious!) way to say thanks. Top with a cute bow or accent for a pretty presentation!

  • Say thanks with the gift of intense flavor. Butter may seem like a strange gift idea, but when you take a simple ingredient like butter and jam-pack it with a variety of herbs and flavors, you get a artisan-level treat no taste bud can deny. Here’s another chance to make use of those extra glass jars!

  • We made these holiday gifts for Thanksgiving, but you can easily replace the words “Happy Thanksgiving” with “Thank you”. Celebrations contributor Patti Allan recommends filling these pretty gifts with dry cookie mix or spiced nuts.

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