The 10 Best Thank You Gifts to Buy in 2018

Show your gratitude with these thoughtful presents

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Maybe Mom watched the kids so you could have a Friday night out. Or perhaps your best friend brought you ice cream and let you vent about a recent breakup. The people in our lives are important—and when they go out of their way to show their love and support you, a small, thoughtful gift can help demonstrate your gratitude for everything they do.

For those moments that warrant more than a simple thank-you note, we’ve rounded up the best small gifts to show your appreciation.

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    Best for Host: Personalized Coasters

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    If you recently spent the weekend at a friend or family members house–thanking them for their hospitality is often a nice gesture. These neoprene coasters send a personalized thank you at an affordable price. You'll get four coasters that won't stick to sweaty drinks and you can pick from a vast array of designs, colors, and monogram styles to suit the recipient's style.

    Customers commend these for their high-quality and many who have bought these for themselves say they gift they love them so much they are a go-to gift. And for a personalized gift that ships out in 1 to 2 business days you really can't find anything better.

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    Best Plant: Cactus Dish Garden

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    Nothing says thank you quite like flowers delivered right to the door. Instead of opting for a bouquet that will wilt in a few days—why not gift them something that will last for year's to come and takes little maintenance.

    This cactus garden has a variety of succulents and cacti in a Southwestern style planter. They can keep this on their desk or use it in the middle of their kitchen counter to bring some life to the space. They only need to water this when the soil is dry making it a must for brown and green-thumbs alike.

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    Best Food: Stonewall Kitchen Pancake and Waffle Mix, Buttermilk

    Since bringing them breakfast in bed isn't always an option, why not gift them the thought of it with this delicious pancake mix. Stonewall Kitchen makes some of the best pancake mixes out there, and this one can also be converted into waffles as well. Send them the buttermilk flavor, or perhaps they are more of a blueberry or chocolate chip type. If you want to spend a little more you can pair this with some authentic maple syrup, a spatula, or even a waffle maker. However you gift it, they'll appreciate always having world-class pancakes at the ready.

    To make these pancakes, they'll need butter, eggs, and milk.

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    Best Candle: Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Scented Soy Candle

    Candles are always appreciated as a thank you gift. These soy candles from Mrs. Meyer's burn a clean lavender scent in the household so they'll help the recipient relax and unwind. The candle is made of essential oils and plant-derived ingredients so there is no need to worry about what they are breathing in. The candles burn for 35 hours each giving them a lot of time to enjoy. Plus when they are done burning the candle they can reuse the jar for storage or even as a candleholder for votives.

    These also come in a lemon verbena or geranium scent so you can choose whichever you think they'll appreciate more.

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    Best Tech: Echo Dot

    Want to spend a little more? Why not give them the gift of a smart home with the Echo Dot. If they haven't converted their home into a "smart home" they'll really appreciate this small speaker that can manage the household in such a slim profile. Alexa can play music, call an Uber, or even order pizza. It truly is the gift they didn't know they needed, but now they can't live without it.

    The Dot is the lower priced Amazon Alexa device but you can also get the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Show, or Echo Spot, if you want to spend a little more for more features and better sound quality.

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    Best Wine: Cork Pops

    While wine is always appreciated why not take it a step further with these clever wine openers that can have them opening wine bottles with ease. These inventive openers just stick into the cork and with a push of the button the wine bottle opens with no struggle. Each cartridge opens 60 wine bottles, and you can buy refills. The Cork Pops come in nine different colors.

    Gift them this by itself or pair it with their favorite wine. No matter your presentation they are sure to get a pop out of these and will sure to be a topic of conversation at their next party.

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    Best for Neighbor: Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering

    You know you’re lucky if you have a great relationship with your neighbors. Thank them next time they do you favor with the Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering cookbook. Featuring recipes from everyone’s favorite HGTV star, Joanna Gaines, this book is the perfect gift for any family. It contains 125 recipes from Gaines’s Waco-based restaurant, Magnolia Table, and includes comfort foods such as chicken pot pie and fried chicken as well as fresh, garden-forward veggie recipes.

    Each recipe is created with family and entertaining in mind, and is a great accompaniment to every home. Reviewers say the selections are easy to make, but sophisticated and suited to any time of year.

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    Best for Teacher: Contigo West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug

    It’s important to show the caring teachers in your life a little appreciation. The Contigo West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug is a great gift for every hardworking teacher in your life. Made from stainless steel, this 16-ounce, double-walled, vacuum-insulated mug can keep beverages hot for up to five hours and cold for an impressive 12 hours. Each set of two mugs is BPA-free, dishwasher safe and comes in five color combos. One of the mug’s best features is its autoseal lid, which keeps it free from leaks and spills.

    Amazon reviewers give it top ratings and many remark how well it keeps coffee hot, even on chilly mornings. A few reviewers say the vacuum seal isn’t entire spill-proof, but it works perfectly well in a cup holder or on a desk.

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    Best for Coworker: Paintspiration Zen Garden

    Maybe your coworker stayed up to help you with that looming deadline. Or maybe you just want to show your appreciation for all the times he or she listened to your office frustrations. Either way, the Paintspiration Zen Garden is an adorable, useful little gift perfect for every desk. This 8 3/16'' x 7 3/16'' x ¾” zen garden promotes relaxation and reduces stress—and hey, who couldn’t use a little extra stress relief at work? It includes a black container, sand, stones and a handmade mini-rake designed by artist and counselor Michelle Eshleman.
    If you needed proof of just how calming the Paintspiration Zen Garden is, take a look at its top-rating on Amazon. Owners say it’s incredibly soothing, and comes with plenty of sand to stay tidy and full.

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    Best for Boss: Bodum Caffettiera French Press Coffee Maker

    Whether you’re looking for a gift for Boss’s Day or a general “thank you” to a manager who always understands, this mini Bodum Caffettiera French Press Coffee Maker is just the ticket. Perfect for the office, the Bodum French Press makes three cups of coffee (or 12 ounces), so it’s the ideal 3 pm pick-me-up for your overworked boss. Each carafe is made from high-quality glass and stainless steel and is entirely dishwasher-safe.

    A French press is a great way to make cafe-level coffee at home or in the office. Bodum makes one of the best you can buy, and we’re sure your boss will use this gift every day.